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Roses not too good this year?

BJ

Roses not too good this year?

by 4 years ago
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Hi all :)

I was chatting to my mum about our roses the other day, she lives by the coast, I am just outside London and we've both had a rather short season for our roses this year. Last year they were amazing and seemed to flower for ages. This year they seem to have just flowered once. I made sure I dead headed too. Has anyone else experienced this? Wondered if all the rain we've had has caused this?

GA
4 years ago
Hi Becca, Welcome to the MyGardenSchool community! Great to have you with us :) I've had the same issue with my roses this year which is a shame after the wonderful year we had last year. The rest of my plants seem to have thrived with all the rain though (especially the weeds and nettles!) ;) Hopefully someone will pop along with some expert advice soon! Many thanks, Amy
LD
4 years ago
Same here down on the kent coast Becca. The rain and wind has had a lot to do with it. Quite a few of mine were affected and didn't put on a good show. We can only hope they might just be sulking a bit and put on a repeat show if and when we have some summer.
MM
4 years ago
Hello All I think you are all being a bit impatient with your roses. Certainly up here in Shropshire they are only just coming to the end of their first flush of flowers and many of the blooms were spoilt with the heavy rain we had but it is always great to see how quickly they recover with just a day or 2 of fine weather. The disadvantage of the Hybrid Teas (like peonies) is that with just 1 or few blooms per stem if the rain comes at the wrong time that is the flowers gone. On the other hand the English Roses, Hybrid Musks and Floribundas have many blooms per stem that flower over a long period so even if one set of blooms are spoilt those following on are fine. With the first flush over the repeat flowering varieties will produce a 2nd or even 3rd flush although according to the variety that may not be until August or September. The good news is that with all this rain the ground should be quite moist which is just what roses like to encourage fast repeating. It is surprising though how dry the soil is even after rain so a good soaking may well be very beneficial. If you haven't dead headed them and the repeat flowering roses show any signs of producing hips it is best to remove them as they can discourage the production of a new crop of flowers I hope this helps Michael
BJ
4 years ago
Hi Michael, thank you so much for that. Glad to hear all is not lost :) Hoping we'll get that 2nd flush as well as a Summer at some point ;) Thank you again - really helpful!!
BJ
4 years ago
HI Michael, I just wanted to let you know you were absolutely the right. The 2nd flush has arrived :) Plenty of buds, I would say lots more second time around actually. My white rose is looking rather pathetic in comparison but it just hasn't taken as well as the others. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you and share a picture! :)
MM
4 years ago
That's excellent Becca. The rose looks wonderful.
EB
4 years ago
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EB
4 years ago
I should add a big thankyou to Michael! For popping over the wall of the classroom into the community area to answer these.. thanks Michael!
BJ
4 years ago
Another thank you from me, Michael! Your advice was much appreciated :)

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