Whether you’re an ardent royalist or just happy to have an extra bank holiday this year, you’re probably aware that 2012 is the year that Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her diamond jubilee, in fact she came to the throne exactly 60 years ago today on 6th Feb 1952 *
So if you want to commemorate this event, or have your own 60t anniversary to celebrate, why not plant a rose or two, the classic celebratory plant.
Here’s a nice, appropriately named selection:
R. Diamond Wishes:
This is a patio rose, a group of small, disease-resistant roses that flower for months on end.
They do lack the charm of old fashioned roses, but they’re tough as old boots, so if you want minimum maintenance and don’t have much room, this is the one for you.
50 x 50cm, medium pink, flowers lightly scented.
Another patio rose, white flowers and dark, glossy foliage with good disease resistance.
60 high x 45 wide.
R. Cape Diamond:
If you’re looking for an old-fashioned type, this has pink, double flowers and a lovely spicy scent. It’s a large shrub or can be trained as a climber, disease resistant and bred in Canada so it’s very happy in really cold winters, which given our current weather, is just as well.
100 high x 90cm wide.
R. Jubilee Celebration:
An English type rose bred by David Austin, with beautiful salmon pink, highly scented flowers.
120 x 120cm
Roses always look best planted with other plants such as Nepeta (cat-mint), Alchemilla molllis (ladies mantle) or Lavender, rather than in borders on their own, where they can look a bit dull through the winter.
Mixed planting has the advantage of attracting a range of beneficial insects that will help reduce pests too.
Plant your roses before April to give them time to settle-in before summer and prepare the planting hole with plenty of home compost or well-rotted manure, sit back and enjoy.
*Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne on 6th February 1952 following the death of her father King George VI, the coronation took place on 2nd June 2, 1953.
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