The one I put out front actually seems to be doing okay. Obviously it was jsut a twig so it's gonna be a couple of years before I get roses from it, if I ever do, but it actually is sprouting and growing.
Yeah...I wouldn't expect much this year. But, by next year, you should have a smallish bush and a collection of roses. If you deadhead after each bloom, you will get three to four blooms each growing season.
I am a big fan of wild roses. They are not as pretty as tea roses but boy oh boy do they smell amazing. And they're far less finicky in terms of needing to be looked after as well.
That depends upon what you mean by 'wild roses'. There are several different non-hybrid rose species. 'Shrub roses' is another name. I have a Rosa rugosa. They tend to be small, five-petal blooms, like the traditional 'English rose'. Yes, they do require a lot less attention and are more resistant to maladies than hybrids, but they also tend to bloom only once per year, regardless of pruning or non-pruning. Fragrance varies by variety. 'Rambler' roses are a perfect example....aka 'wild climbing roses'. There is a nearby rose grower known for its propagation of rose varieties on their own rootstocks, in search for more resiliant roses. Heirloom Roses has the best selection of roses I know.
The rugosa looks like what we call wild roses here. You plant them once and they spread well and don't require any pruning (but they can be cut back at the end of a season). And they smell spectacular.
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Heh...'spread well'. Yes, they spread well, all right. A little too well for my taste. I have a Rosa rugosa alba (a white one) which does spread through root runners. In the twenty years I've had it where it is, I have had to root prune it twice and every year I get unwanted volunteers which have 'gone for a stroll'. Mine has no discernible scent. I understand that it is also known colloquially as 'the tomato rose' because of the lush foliage. It is also tres thorny...as in 'requires heavy leather palmed gloves to handle'.
The one I bought from Poundland is finally showing signs of life .. it's putting out little stems and things. Still not much more than a stick
Little tendril-like stems? Has it opened any leaves? If it does that, you'll be in for the game this season, because then it will continue creating leaves and stems an then....buds...which open into blooms.
And if it doesn't happen this year, it probably will happen next. Though I'm still waiting for my hibiscus to do more than just be 3 sticks with small green leaves. This is its second year, but it isn't doing much.
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Well...I did my first major deadheading of the first bloom of the season. All I have now are the 'Iceberg' blooms and the 'Sunflare' blooms, both floribundas. They'll probably bloom out in the next week and I'll be back to new stems developing new buds for new blooms.
Last week, I did something I have not done in years. I bought a new rose bush. Specifically, a climbing polyantha known as 'Cecile Brunner', the producer of one of the famous 'sweetheart roses' used for potpurri and costuming. My wife had them interwoven in her hair on our wedding day. I got notice today that it has been shipped.
I have two rose plants growing in my garden. I don't do anything much to look after them - they're left to fend for themselves for years at a stretch. As a result they're not going to win any prizes, but they still seem healthy enough.
One is a yellow rose bush growing in the middle of a patch of ground that is a sort of rough lawn. I mow around it a few times a year and I'll sometimes pull nettles or brambles that are growing around it (though I don't do this at all some years). I've pruned it back a couple of times (maybe every five years) when it gets a bit too big - autumn is supposed to be the best time for pruning I've been told.
The other is a red rose growing against a wall mixed in with various other shrubs growing in the same border and up the same wall - holly, ivy, and a few others. Again it receives no special attention other than hacking all the shrubs back every few years when they threaten to take over!
Yeah...if you've a hardy rose that is left to its own devices, it can get quite sizeable.
The best time to do heavy annual pruning is not autumn, but late winter....like around St. Valentine's Day. The natural signal for heavy pruning is the bright yellow blooms of the forsythia...that's when I hack all my bushes back to about knee high.
So...This weekend, I managed to get the remnants of the Doublefile viburnum stump removed and the new trellis attached to the fence so that the awaiting Cecile could claim her rightful place. I had to break out the hatchet again just to get the hole large enough to plant. But, it is in. I added a generous amount of bone meal and puddled the set twice. Sweetheart roses in my near future. It shall be interesting to see how big it gets this year.