Patio Roses in pots, its part of a plan to change our dependency of relying on begonias for that Summer splash of colour.
The first one is Birthday Wishes which was pot grown and supplied by Peter Beales in mid May
I ordered 14 patio roses four of them were delivered bare rooted in November of last year and the other 10 arrived pot grown in mid May. They are all performing well, two of them have been smothered in blooms, Birthday Wishes is one of those two.
Although the front garden is looking good with its permanent planting, I always liked to add a splash of colour with those multiflora begonias planted in tubs. The process of lifting them every Autumn, getting rid of the old compost and storing the tubers over Winter was starting to become a chore.
Here is my new regime. In early Spring I will have tubs of Daffodils, which with a little care I should be able to keep in the tubs for maybe three years.
When the Daffodils go over, I will store them in an outdoor utility area and place tubs of Tulips in their place. The Tulips, I will treat as annuals although I am starting to hear that some double forms are perennial.
After the Tulips it will be time to position these patio roses which we feature today.
It’s not over yet, for in September I will have pots of dwarf Chrysanthemums to take over from the Roses.
Well it may seem rather unusual if cutting back on work is my objective, but, humour me!
Patio Rose Flower Power Gold
Fabulous shade of yellow, started to bloom in mid June and a massive amount of new buds were developing before the first flush was over. I give a liquid feed fortnightly using Richard Jacksons Flower Power.
Patio Rose Snow Bunny
I mentioned two of them as being smothered in blooms, Snow Bunny is the second one. This one came into flower a couple of weeks later than the others, but isn’t she a beauty.
At first, I was put off by the fact that the stems do not have the strength to hold the flowers upright, in fact they were trailing the ground. However, a bit of support and hey presto, Snow Bunny is staying.
Patio Rose Carefree Days
We have seven different patio roses, two of each. Ten of them placed in the front garden and four others in the patio at the back.
Carefree Days has perfectly shaped pink blooms and has pride of place at the front, under the windows.
Patio Rose Mandarin
Ah, Mandarin, I unwittingly ordered four of these, two of them bare rooted and two, pot grown. Below is one of the bare rooted ones growing in the patio area. The bare rooted ones came into flower earlier than the pot grown ones but the blooming performance is the same, when I say blooming, you know what I mean.
Mandarin is a very good performer, perfectly formed flowers of a good size
Oh, in case I don’t change the information I gave earlier, I have six different kinds of patio roses, not seven.
Patio rose bella rosa
The small semi double blooms of Bella Rosa has petals with an amazing colour range. The bloom time with the first flush was rather short and disappointing. However, the second flush is creating a massive amount of buds, she may well redeem herself.
Pruning Patio Roses
During the flowering season dead head your pot grown patio roses regularly.
In Scotland, early March is probably the best time for pruning.
Cut out any weak growing or dead stems. Then look to shorten the stems by about a third.
Prune just above a bud which is facing outwards.
Feeding pot grown patio roses
In April, fork in miracle grow continuous release rose and shrub plant food.
Early June I start to give a liquid feed fortnightly using Richard Jacksons Flower Power plant food. Cease feeding in mid August.