Rose Report 2016
June is the month of roses at Garden in a City. Most notably, the shrub rose ‘Sally Holmes’ is having far and away her best year ever in the back garden.
I have never seen her with so many flowers. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because I used chicken wire to keep the rabbits from chewing her down to the ground over the winter. The only pampering I give ‘Sally’ is a generous annual helping of compost.
As with every year, the shiny dark green foliage is entirely clean, free from black spot and other rose scourges. And all this in only part sun.
‘Sally Holmes’ has pink buds and flowers that mature to a creamy white.
The flowers open light pink.
‘Cassie’ is also having a good year. ‘Cassie’ is in a sunny spot near the front door.
‘Cassie’ is always floriferous, but this year she does seem to have even more semi-double white flowers than usual.
As you can tell, I like white roses. Perhaps that would have made me a partisan of York in 15th Century England.
We have two other roses: ‘Darlow’s Enigma’, growing on the arbor that leads into the back garden, and the wild Rosa setigera. ‘Darlow’ is not yet blooming, and R. setigera is looking rather feelble this year. Perhaps it is in too much shade. I’m considering transplanting possibilities.
How are the roses doing in your garden?