Coolings Celebration of Roses

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Following lasts years success, we will be once again, getting out the bunting (literally!) to celebrate one of the most well-known and well-loved garden plants – the quintessential English Rose, we also have some great offers for our Coolings Family members.

Our celebration starts on the 8th June and will run every day until the 1st July. As you exit our shop onto our plant area you will see a fabulous display of Roses in a festival type setting.  We will also have a display of plants that make great companions to Roses.  On the opening weekend (8th - 9th and 10th June) we welcome our resident Rose Expert, Terry Austin who will be around all weekend to answer any rose related questions or queries you may have, or you may just want some advice on how to care for and maintain your Roses.  

The fun continues in Arthurs with a selection of Rose themed cakes washed down with a Rose water infused mocktail, along with some other surprises.  Plus, Coolings Family members will be able to enjoy 2 for £20 on all our Roses (up to the value of £15.99) as well as 2 for £12 on Geranium 'Roseanne' 2L, the perfect companion plant to Roses (normally £9.99 each).    

The rose is undoubtedly the world’s favourite flower, and is probably grown in every country that the climate allows. Roses have a long and colourful history, and according to fossil evidence the rose could be 35 million years old. Today there are well over 30,000 varieties of roses worldwide.

These iconic beauties come in a range of colours, many with scented blooms, and can be grown in borders, containers, over arches or as ground cover. They are easy to grow and live for a long time if looked after.

Roses are timeless, one reason that roses are never out of fashion is that they work brilliantly in many situations, including modern, cutting-edge schemes, cottage gardens, traditional gardens and wild gardens.  At the same time, they combine well with many other plants.

There are so many types of roses that the choice can often be bewildering. In the UK the most commonly grown are the Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Miniatures, and Dwarfs. (The smaller roses are now often all commonly known as Patio Roses.) There are Climbers, Ramblers, Patio Climbers, Shrub Roses, English Roses etc. The choice is huge. Most roses today derive from about 100 species of rose, few of which are grown today.

English Breeders:
One of the most well-known breeders of English roses is David Austin, he has been creating new breeds for 75 years and he is still searching for the ultimate bloom! David Austin set out as a hobby breeder as a young teenager with a simple objective – to create a more beautiful rose. His first English rose to be launched commercially was ‘Constance Spry’ in 1961, and he has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world. Some of his trial roses won’t be on sale to the public until 2023!

Pictures: ‘Constance Spry’ - the original English Rose. Large, glowing pure rose pink, deeply cupped blooms with a strong myrrh fragrance.

All David Austin roses have a collective style, beautiful blooms and in most cases wonderful fragrance held on graceful attractive shrubs. A garden of these outstanding roses is hard to beat for sheer exuberance of flower and fragrance.

Today, David Austin Roses remains a family business. David Austin has been joined by his son David and his grandson, Richard and this year they added their 23rd gold medal to their collection from their show garden exhibit at the renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Types of Roses:
When choosing roses, it's helpful to know some of the terminology and uses:

Hybrid tea roses.
These are tall, long-stemmed roses ideal for cutting. They are usually the kind you send from the florist. In the garden, they are often featured as single specimens.

Developed during the last century, these roses are shorter and bloom more freely, setting clusters of blossoms rather than a single bloom on a stem.

Shrub roses.
These can be tall or kept trimmed. They can be treated like a hedge and bloom from spring through fall. Their foliage fills in. Aside from the great beauty of their flowers, which are borne consistently over a long season, shrub roses boast a natural disease-resistance, grow in a variety of climates and require very little attention (very little pruning required) – they are impressive to say the least!

Tree roses.
These elegant roses grow in a cluster at the top of a stake. Tall ones can frame a doorway or line a walk. Smaller varieties can be grown in containers on the patio or porch.

Patio roses.
These grow two to four feet tall, bloom all season, and are well suited to growing in containers in small spaces. Sometimes they are planted in hedges as foundation covers. The foliage tends to be dense.

Climbing roses can form dramatic cascades grown over an arched trellis or trained over a fence, pillar, or post. They are sometimes used to create a privacy wall.

To see our 'Top Pick' roses this summer click here.

Fragrance can often be an important factor when choosing roses for the garden. David Austin, believing that “fragrance is the other half of the beauty of a rose” made it his mission to restore scent to the modern rose. His obsession with the strength, character and quality of each rose’s scent means that the English Roses offer an intriguing array of fragrances, which can be fruity, Tea, myrrh, musky, Old Rose or any mixture of these elements – in fact they have a far greater range than is to be found in any other kind of flower. Over the years, the English Roses have won many awards for their exceptional fragrances.


Feeding roses:
Don’t forget: Roses are heavy feeders and thrive best in rich, fertile soil. They will benefit from specific nutrients to help their growth to enable them to produce flowers. We recommend, Bayer Garden Toprose - Britain’s best-selling granular rose feed which boasts the perfect balance of nutrients for bright and beautiful roses and shrubs. It also contains long-lasting nitrogen for balanced growth and Iron and Magnesium to guard against premature leaf drop. We would suggest using in Spring after the roses have been trimmed back and then again when they have had their first flush of flowers.


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