Thursday, June 7, 2012
I should not have been so doubtful. I may have spent the last three days dodging rain of biblical proportions, but the Rosa Mundi has made it really worthwhile to make the effort, just to get a photo of the first flower.
Given the limited size of the bush, which was container planted in December, the number of buds is very encouraging. Gallica roses are usually prolific and this one seems to be exactly that. The bush shape is lax and so it will need a strong prune very year, in late summer after flowering and I’ll take back the desired flowering shoots by a third and side-shoots by two thirds.
The Rosa Mundi is also prone to aphids, although the heavy rain has also given their ambitions a cold shower. When the deluge stops I will monitor the bush and see if it needs a late evening soapy spray a couple of times a week to keep the aphids at bay.
The All Seasons Gardener at 9:23 AM
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