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Posted by sheiladearing on 19 May 2011 at 03:22 PM

We often hear comments to the effect that roses are too much trouble and for several months of the year do nothing for the garden.  For several years Rosa 'Madame Grégoire Staechelin' AGM has graced the wall in the courtyard behind Rosemoor House producing a modest display for a few weeks in early summer.  This year she has put on a superb show, justifying her presence,but she’s tucked away and easily missed.

Rosa 'Madame Grégoire Staechelin' AGM; Old climbing rose, medium fragrance

It is evident that many visitors are ‘pushed for time’ when they emerge from the underpass and stagger exhaustedly into Lady Anne’s side of the garden.  Some weaken and beat a sad retreat; others do a quick sortie into the immediate vicinity missing a lot out including the Bicentenary Arboretum.  Although it is still in its infancy, at this time of year particularly, there are hidden gems in the Arboretum in the form of colourful cones and new growths on the conifers. A few examples are:


Abies spectabilis

Abies veitchii

Picea breweriana 'Frühlingsgold'

If these are to be appreciated , extra effort will be needed; this will probably mean that refreshment be taken in the tearoom before a gentle meander up the back path to investigate the Arboretum.  Some of the conifers are set back so a little ‘noseying’ around is necessary, well worth the trouble and nothing to the seasoned garden ‘snooper’.

Simon Holman                                                                                                                     


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on 20 May 2011 at 06:02 AM

Foxnfirefly said:

Very interesting plants!  And the rose, Madame Gregoire S. has a great form and wonderful pink colour.  First picture I have seen of it!  Many thanks for posting it.

on 23 May 2011 at 03:03 AM