My Favorite Rose - April 2010

My Favorite Rose—Saint David’s Old Garden Rose (China) by Barbara Hagerman, April 2010

Since the favorite rose is always the one which is blooming, Saint David’s rose would win hands down as it blooms nearly year round. Saint David’s, a Bermuda Mystery Rose, whose history remains elusive, is a compact shrub with semi-double
red blooms. It is excel-lent for containers. It landscapes well among other plants, growing to about three feet. At Goodwood it can be found by the swimming pool.

It roots easily; after scraping and applying hormone powder simply stick it into a soil filled container. I have an almost 100% success rate. It also appears to be pest-free so it requires no pesticides or herbicides though it may lose much of its foliage once or twice during the summer. It flushes out quickly and benefits from an occasional spray of insecticidal soap and the addition of Milorganite.

I consider it the highlight of my patio. Plants of rooted cutting you have started make wonderful gifts to give friends. And, after all isn’t the passing along what gardening is all about!

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