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Celebrating over 50 years of Peter Beales Roses
Celebrating over 50 years of Roses
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When growing show plants, hygiene and air movement are vitally important. Even at this time of year. So, before the roses are housed, all glasshouses and equipment are fully cleaned.

There are also some roses that never fully drop all their leaves and leaf stalks during the winter. As well as the odd hip and old flower stem which may still be left after the winter pruning. These are all places where pests and diseases could overwinter.

Therefore, since starting to house the roses, we have been checking each plant to remove any old leaves, hips and unwanted wood.

Good air movement is also very important, as damp stagnant air is the quickest way for fungal attacks to start.

Watering is kept to mornings, often using watering cans for spot watering rather than hoses, so less water is spilled on the floor. This helps to maintain a dryer atmosphere at night, when the vents are closed down. Also in the glasshouses we keep the plants well-spaced out and any types that may be slightly more prone to disease are positioned near doorways where the most air movement occurs. This may not fully stop problems but will help or delay them.

Similar practices are also advisable for the roses in your garden at home.

Simply by raking up any old leaves and clearing away all debris from pruning can help reduce the risk of disease. Any black spot should be removed and either thrown away or burnt. Never put these in your compost bin as the spores could later be reintroduced to your garden.

You may also consider pruning any dense areas of growth or crossing branches to improve air circulation.

Preparing for Chelsea - good hygiene

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

It may be the start of metrological spring, but we have actually been fooling our show plants that it’s been spring for a while now. Currently we have around 2,000 roses under glass in preparation for the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows.

At the beginning of the year we carefully bring the roses into the glasshouses in 4 large groups. The first batch is brought in during the first few days of January (some of this batch will be used at the Hampton Court Flower Show), followed by 2 batches in February and 1 in March, depending on the weather and how the plants are reacting to it.

Over the years we have learnt that each variety reacts differently to being forced on for shows, which is why we house them at different times. The objective is to try to force all the roses to flower at exactly the right moment for the shows and for the next few months the plants require a lot of attention, adapting to the weather and their individual growing habits in a bid to juggle things just right.

Preparing for Chelsea - spring 2020

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly

 Over the past few years our gardens have been dramatically expanded and improved, with many new structures and features being added.

One of the recent developments was the addition of our wildlife garden, which was opened in May 2016 and is a fabulous addition to our gardens here in Attleborough, Norfolk.

The wildlife garden is managed in an entirely different way to our main rose gardens, with our gardeners demonstrating a more relaxed and natural approach to maintaining and developing the area.

This new section of garden features two ponds, a wildflower meadow, areas to sit and view birds at several feeding stations, beds of rare and unusual species roses, a woodland walk and a children’s play area.

As well as the main beds of rare and historical roses, you will find many species roses are also planted throughout the wildlife gardens. These roses can be seen growing seamlessly with their surroundings, just as they would be found growing in the wild. Forming hedgerows, growing as individual shrubs amongst other wild plants or growing up into trees or over structures. These species roses are varieties that share their characteristics with wild roses, often producing single flowers that are easily accessible to insects, making them a magnet for pollinators. Many will also go on to produce hips in the autumn, which are not only attractive, but produce a nutritious meal for several species of bird as food sources start to become scarce.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Ian Limmer - Nursery Manager

Hybridising Roses

 How are new roses created?

New roses are created through hybridisation, which is the art of crossing 2 different roses to produce a completely new variety.

Hybridising is not to be confused with budding, which is a way of cloning an existing rose, much like how growing plants from cuttings is also a way of cloning. To find out more about how to bud roses please click here.

Our goal is always to try to breed the perfect rose. One which is strong and healthy, of a fashionable shape and colour, heavily scented, repeat flowering and has a good growth habit.

It is quite easy to breed a nice rose with a good scent, but it might be prone to disease; or an unusual coloured flower on a weak plant; or even a really healthy rose that never flowers. The art therefore, is not just in the breeding, but about being able to recognise and select that one award winning rose seedling from the thousands of other seedlings that aren’t quite strong enough. For every 50,000 seedlings grown, there could be as few as three seedlings that are of a high enough standard to be launched as a future Peter Beales rose.


How do we breed new roses?

The first job is to select the plants that we wish to cross. These are called parent plants and the breeding team are always assessing varieties and seedlings for their breeding potential. The parent plants are then brought into the controlled environment of a glasshouse during February, to be encouraged to flower earlier. This gives the hips the best possible chance to ripen fully later in the year.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

Metal presents Spiky Black

06/09/2017 16:54

Spiky Black Roses

Spiky Black is a new site-specific audio artwork made for NetPark by artists Alison Carlier and Amanda Loomes.  It responds to the historic Rose Garden in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea which has been a feature and source of local pride since 1908.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Ian Limmer - Nursery Manager

The truly classic rose

06/09/2017 16:50

Fantin Latour

We all have a picture in our minds of how a classic rose garden looks and smells. The masses of beautiful flowers in early summer and the gorgeous scent drifting through the warm summer air.

Typically, the roses that we would describe as ‘classic roses’ are the GallicasAlbasMossesCentifoliasDamasks and Species. These roses generally tend to have very old origins and often have beautiful, highly scented flowers, will grow happily in any soil condition and are very healthy. Some of these groups are even considered to include some of the most beautiful of all roses. For example the Centifolias, which means “a rose of a hundred petals”. One of my personal favourites, 'Fantin-Latour' is part of this family.  With its height of nearly 2 metres, it sits perfectly in the middle of a border, with beautiful soft pink flowers and a scent to die for. Another rose which is strikingly beautiful, yet slightly more unusual is 'Rosa Mundi', part of the Gallica family, which dates back to the 12th Century. Displaying large, semi-double, crimson flowers, with splashes of white and pink.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Ian Limmer - Nursery Manager

The Second Flush

06/09/2017 16:42

Macmillan Nurse

Whilst many people think of June as being the month for roses, September can actually be almost as productive. This is the time that the majority of repeat flowering varieties will produce their second flush of flowers, bringing your garden back to life with a riot of colour in late summer. Flowers produced later in the season can often be stronger and more vibrant in colour than they were in early summer as well, adding further to the enjoyment of the second flush from repeat flowering roses. This is because flowers produced in June can become slightly bleached by the intensity of the scorching mid-summer sun, whereas come September the days and nights have started to become a little cooler, therefore allowing your roses to produce their flowers with more vivid, truer colours. Although your roses will most likely produce slightly fewer flowers for the second flush than they did early in the season.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Ian Limmer - Nursery Manager

Species Roses

06/09/2017 15:28

Rosa Nitida

Species roses are becoming a more and more popular choice in our gardens, but what exactly is a species rose? They are best described as wild or pure roses of natural origin, with mostly single flowers. Originating from all around the northern hemisphere, many date back to ancient history and are the ancestors that all modern roses originated from. Rose petals and leaves from species roses have even been known to have been found in tombs belonging to ancient Egyptians. Used within garlands, which would have been worn by loved ones, these were then left in the tombs with the bodies.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Ian Limmer - Nursery Manager
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