Every year I fall in love with Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ againPosted by Fiona Nevile in Plants and Bulbs | 6 comments
We only grow old roses in our garden. As we have loads of space we can afford to do this rather than plant repeat flowering roses. Some of the old ones do repeat their flowers throughout the summer but even with these the first flush is always the best.
The newer varieties of roses are bred to flower on and off all summer. If you have a small garden these can be a joy but they rarely bowl you over or are stunning at any point in the year. They are bred for repeat floweng and that’s what you get.
The old roses that flower just once a year are amazing if you have the space. The flowering period is cherished as it is a diva led premier opera rather than a talented school choir. If you want to immerse yourself in roses, plant the old ones and you will celebrate their intense flowering period with joy.
Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ needs to be cut very hard back straight after flowering and then leave well alone as it flowers on last years new wood. If you tidy it up in the autumn you will spoil the show in late spring. If you have a warm south or southwest facing wall plant this rose, you will not be disappointed.
This superb rose flowers through May in the UK. It scrambles around our front sitting room window and has travelled over the front door to combine with the winter flowering honeysuckle just outside the kitchen window. As it flowers for just one month, I bask in the buds and blossom.
When I leave the cottage in the morning, the old rose is so beautiful that it often beckons me back. On my return home in the evening the rose is totally seductive. It’s hard to tear myself away from the frothy flowers and bees. Quite often I just stand and gaze.
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