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bishop’s castle rose

On 29, Jun 2010 | No Comments | In roses | By All Year Garden

If you ever considered making rose oil to use as fragrance or to add to your home made creams, potpourri and bath oils, “Bishop’s Castle” is definitely a great candidate. This Dave Austin hybrid English rose has the cupped, quartered, multi-petaled look of the Bourbons (80 petals or more), and the fragrance to go with it. It is a shrub rose with dark green ovoid leaves that sports bunches of raspberry colored flowers all summer long. A little drawback – the flowers don’t last very long, so enjoy them while they are in bloom.

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gourmet popcorn

On 13, Jun 2010 | No Comments | In roses | By All Year Garden

Looks like the blush noisette, but it’s only a very resilient, ever-blooming, honey scented miniature rose called “Gourmet Popcorn”. It exudes a delicate perfume that seems to linger in the air somewhere beside it, so you can’t really tell what wonderful flower is gracing you with its sweet fragrance. It grows pretty tall for a miniature rose, about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide and it thrives on almost nothing. Great for landscaping and borders, it blooms all summer long and it covers the ground under it with a snow of delicate white petals like a little apple tree in spring. Deadhead it to stimulate it to bloom, however this bush rose is self cleaning and blooms freely anyway.

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