repeat flowers on almost thornless stems
Unlike most of the other rambling roses, this one will often produce a second flush of flowers towards the end of summer. These have a sweet, musky scent and appear in clusters on almost thornless stems. They open from bud to reveal apricot coloured petals, which gradually fade to creamy-white, so you often get different coloured roses on the plant at the same time. It is not too robust, so is a good choice for covering an archway or smaller space, and it is said to have excellent resistance to disease. All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
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