Cheshire clay and Cheshire rainfall seem to suit the most English of flowers, the rose. This is very true here in Tattenhall.
In March Michael Marriott the technical manager and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses gave a talk to the Tattenhall Gardening Society, an evening that created great interest and attracted a very high hit rate on Tattenhall Online.
Obviously Tattenhall loves roses and the pictures here from a local garden prove that roses love Tattenhall.
From the top he first five pictures are David Austin Roses planted at different times.
The first picture is "Olivia Rose Austin" planted bare root in November 2019.
Second row rose left is "Gabriel Oak" also planted bare root in November 2019.
Second row rose right is "Tequila Sunrise" planted bare root 2018.
Third row rose left is "Gertrude Jekyll" also planted bare root 2018.
Third row rose right is also "Olivia Rose Austin" but planted from potted recently on 1st July 2020. The photo was taken 24 days later on 25th July, a striking example of how quickly roses thrive in the Tattenhall environment.
Admittedly David Austin Roses are comparatively expensive but the results give pleasure spread over many years. However beautiful roses can be found at much lower prices with a bit of luck. The two roses shown in row four are good examples.
Fourth row rose left is "Wedding Celebration" purchased from Morrey's Nursery, Kelsall this year in March, just before lockdown. Again this rose has settled happily and quickly in Tattenhall.
Finally fourth rose right is "Frilly Cuff" purchased from the 50p shop in Huxley in 2019.
Rose growing has many aspects – ground preparation, planting timing, spraying (including organic) to control pests and infections, feeding, mulching, dead heading, pruning etc. Luckily comprehensive advice is widely available in publications and on the internet. One excellent source of advice can be found on the David Austin website – click here. Request a copy of the David Austin catalogue if you want an easy-to-follow manual at your finger-tips.