Useful Rose Gardening Information

‘GOLDFINCH’

‘Goldfinch’, with its thriving single flush, is one of the few yellow large-flowered climbers. It has umbels of primrose-yellow blossoms opening in June and July from apricot-coloured buds, which then lighten to creamy white, with a sweet scent like that of the cowslip. The newly open rosettes form remarkable clusters of yellow stamens, which will darken to black as time passes. In this way, ‘Goldfinch’ puts on an ever-changing characterize of shades of yellow and white throughout its period of blossoming. In direct sunlight, because the flowers very quickly fade to white, the show is far less lively; it is at its loveliest in half shade or light shade.

‘GHISLAINE DE FELIGONDE’

Ghislaine de Feligonde does not stand except the pattern of other large-flowered climbers just because of its yellow colour, but also because it is recurrent and far less inclined than most of the others to reach up to the very heavens. Its graceful growth and ability, after its first flush in June and July, to rebloom splendidly in late summer make it a piece de resistance for the small garden. All of which makes it already the more surprising that for all its charm and enchanting beauty, this rose is nevertheless very little known. Of course, it is basic to remember to take the secateurs and deadhead the rose after its first flowers have faded, otherwise the rebloom will be ineffective. ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’ is particularly enchanting when planted as a weeping standard beside a path or seating area, or on its slender stem in a bed towering over other flowers.

The densely filled blossoms of ‘Madeleine Seltzer’ (synonym: ‘Yellow Tausendschon’), a one-time bloomer that grows to 3 m (10 ft) tall, offer the same play of colour as ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’, from yellow to white, except here in a bright lemon yellow.

This is a colorful variety of “aurea” with striped green and white variegation and greenish- yellow culms. It tolerates dry periods but is not sufficiently hardy for all locations. It should preferably be planted in milder zones. Slow growing, thick, cone-shaped, evergreen dwarf variety with fine, bluish- green needles. Likes thorough, moist, acid soil. Sensitive to dryness and heat. For rockeries or heather gardens.

The time to prune recurrent climbers is in March. Most climbers flower on the current year’s laterals on canes that are from one to several years old. To prevent plant senility, it is always advisable for the framework of the plant to be made up of canes of different ages, from the ground up.

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