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In this podcast we chat with James Taylor, Nursery Manager and Jo Davey, Marketing Manager from Whartons Nurseries. We look at how roses continue to be admired and prized as our No. 1 favourite flower in the UK. James explains the production journey of a rose from propagation in the field to bringing the finished rose bushes to the Garden Centre. Jo gives us advice on growing roses, dealing with disease and how the new varieties of roses are making an impact in our gardens. We find out from our hosts their favourite roses for fragrance, plus a sneak peek at the Rose of The Year for 2022.
Hosts Peter Brown and Chris Day highlight the many uses the humble rose can bring to our gardens and homes as well as our own well-being, plus we chat about rose favourites and where you can see the best roses in the UK.
Rose products mentioned: Whartons Roses use Uncle Tom's Rose Tonic which helps feed roses and fight disease on the Nursery but is also good for the home gardener. This organic foliar feed creates strong resilient growth which gives plants additional disease resistance. It is best applied several times in the season.
Rose mentioned: ‘Flower Carpet’ groundcover roses, Rose ‘Kiftsgate’, ‘Wedding Day’, Rose rugosa, Rose` sweet briar, Rose dog rose, Rose burnet or scotch, R. moyesii ‘Geranium’, ‘Joie de Vivre’, ‘Maiden’s Blush’, ‘Morning Mist’, ‘Grouse’, ‘Partridge’, ‘Sir Paul Smith’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Francis E Lester’, ‘Rambling Rector, ‘Bobbie James’, ‘Queen Bee’ and ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’.
Rootstocks: Rosa ‘Laxa’ (most popular, rarely suckers and almost thornless), Rosa ‘Canina’ (used on heavier soils, less popular, suckers freely), Rosa rugosa (sometimes used for standards).
Hedging and Native Roses , Hybrid Tea Roses , Floribunda (cluster flowered roses) , Climbers and Rambler Roses , Shrub Roses , Groundcover Roses The ‘Precious’ range of Roses and Special Occasion Roses
James Taylor’s desert Island rose is Rose ‘Munstead Wood’ (a David Austin bred variety famed for its amazing colour and scent). Jo Davey’s rose would be Rose ‘Flower Carpet Pink’, especially suitable on the Island where a pair of secateurs might be difficult to source as it doesn’t require much pruning!
The coveted Rose of the Year for 2022 is ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ ® and is best described as a free flowering floribunda shrub rose. The large - almost 10cm across - beautiful old fashioned style blooms have over 60 petals. The colour is a blend of orange, pink and peach with the depth of colour influenced by weather conditions. It was bred by Colin Dickson of Dickson Roses. The rose name is a registered trademark. Use of the material: It's a Wonderful Life™ name is used courtesy of Melange Pictures LLC. All rights reserved. This rose will be available to order here from October as a root-wrapped rose and in pots from spring 2022.
You can also view the Whartons Roses production process click on this link which takes you to a short video.
Rose Gardens: The 50 top rose gardens in Britain can be found here
Rose uses: Rose water, Rose Oil, Rose Hip Cough Syrup, Rose Hip Jam, Rose Vinegar, Rose Honey, Rose Hip Wine, Turkish Delight contains a few drops of rosewater.
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