Our roses have been spectacular this year and the time is fast approaching when they will have to be cut back. I shall be looking it up as our Ancient Mariner is huge now and I don’t want to kill it!
All rose bushes have produced blooms through the Summer and Autumn, Maggie’s rose still has the blooms on it I posted about a little while ago.
We bought the Peace rose bush the year my Mum died, and it produces yellow flowers tinged with pink. I’m using one picture from last year for the Three Things Challenge logo.
The last rose bud has finally opened, and it is beautiful.
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The roses are still blooming here – but we have spitting snow and nearly freezing temps. I’m wondering when they will decide not to bloom – and whether that will be before the first snow that sticks!
Each time we think we’ve seen the last, more buds have appeared.
They truly are beautiful!!
Wonderful Pam. I hope we get as many and as much pleasure from them next year.
Thank you for sharing!
It is a beautiful rose.
I bought a Peace rose a couple of years ago but like all the roses bought from this particular quirky place, what is says on the label is not what you get. Our ‘Peace’ rose is bright Barbie doll pink, not a colour I’d have chosen. You win some, you lose some.
Ours has turned out quite lovely. We’ve been blessed with over a hundred blooms this year, most on the Ancient Mariner
I don’t know the Ancient Mariner. I love old roses. We haven’t got anything very exciting here, the soil’s too heavy, but we’ve had some beauties, Gertrude Jekyll, Caroline Testout, Pierre de Ronsard, Cuisse de nymph, Ghislaine de Feligonde. I’m fond of even the supermarket roses though.
The ancient mariner was a housewarming gift from some very dear boating friends and we’ve had so many blooms on it this year, I’ve lost count.
There are a couple of stunning pictures of it in this post
What a lovely rose! Does it have a scent? It looks like an old rose with that quartered form. Rather like Gertrude Jekyll.
We had one lucky variant in the misnamed crop of roses we bought. It was just called ‘yellow rose’ and it turns out to be a Roald Dahl, very pretty deep yellow with a lovely scent. It’s still flowering.
It is truly magnificent Jane, and the blooms have been huge. The fragrance is very subtle, and each flower seems to consist of two or three roses. It seems to be dying back now so I shall have to prune it. The white Iceberg and yellow Peace are still in flower and we seem to have another red bud coming out. We bought two yellow climbers for our archway but they only bloomed once, but it is their first year.
When we moved out here we left the civilised plants in town thinking they’d not thrive on the edge of a meadow. They probably wouldn’t but it hasn’t stopped up relenting and planting about a dozen roses anyway, with mitigated success. I miss the garden though.
I’m not much good with plants, but the roses have done so well. Apparently a clay soil suits the varieties we have. I noticed this morning we have two new buds on our Peace bush!
Clay soil in a garden that’s been dug over umpteen times is one thing. A meadow with subsoil that’s a solid slab of clay that you need a pick-axe to get through is another 🙂 I’ve broken all the trowels and various clawed implements we had and husband has broken the pick-axe handle and the scythe blade (twice). The ‘garden’ is a strip about 50cms wide around the house and whatever survives tends to take over. The roses struggle except for the rose the mother of the old lad who lived her planted around 1920. I take cuttings from it every year, stick them in the ground and after a few months they’re in flower.It flowers all year round with a bit of a pause around January. I’ve no idea what the variety is, but it’s incredible.
It sounds fantastic! I know nothing about flowers and just appreciate how many roses we’ve been blessed with this year. I’m a bit nervy about pruning though!
I just don’t like cutting back anything that’s taken the trouble to grow. I know if I don’t do it though, husband will and he takes a slash and burn approach.
For the roses, I do a light prune about now, cut off the very long branches that the wind will get at when we have winter gales. In the early spring, before the growth starts, I prune out the spindly bits and cut back a bit more, leaving lots of eyes. There’s never a problem about them coming back.
Thanks for the tips. We have a lot of straggly stems on the Ancient Mariner and the leaves are all dying, so I shall trim them right back.
I think if they’re strong you don’t have to worry too much. It’s when they’re struggling to get going I’d never dare touch them.
so nice to still have blooms from the roses! It must look really pretty! ❤
It is lovely