Christmas Gift Ideas
The scent is something we all strive to introduce in abundance into our homes and gardens. And what better way to achieve just that than simply by planting rose bushes for your Christmas gift ideas?
It is commonly known that rose scent acts like an antidepressant, cheers us up, lowers blood pressure and creates a romantic feel. Rose petals have been used during wedding ceremonies, in ancient Rome, they were sprinkled on party-goers during festive dinners, and rose bouquets carry a special message of love. And the reason I am telling you all that is because with the festive season upon us you might be happy to have a little dilemma (gift idea) sorted out for you in a shape of a lovely potted rose plant. New stock of roses for next season has just arrived, and as usual, they are hardy, very local and most of all stunning and unusual. Because we like to do “something different” every now and then…
For the lovers of strong, flowery and sweet scents I will offer a damask rose. This is a hardy shrub rose, usually reaching heights of about 6 feet, very easygoing, hassle-free and what’s most important very resistant to pests and diseases. Petals of this rose are used all around the world to create the most feminine perfumes and oils. Even though it is commercially grown in the Middle East, it is not readily available in retail. And we have them here in our Clarenbridge Garden Center Shops. Both are pink, heavily scented and ready to be planted out for next season’s enjoyment. Quatre Saisons (Four Seasons) is the darker of the two and will bloom once, mid-summer while Maidens Blush, a very pale and delicately coloured flower is a repeat flowering type, from May onwards.
Let’s stay with the heavily scented for a spell longer and talk rugosa roses. We all know Roseraie de l’Hay. But do we all know Tuscany Superb with its dark crimson velvet-like flowers? A rose that is almost thornless, highly perfumed and a true show-stopper? Have a look at the picture! Or one of my personal favourites: Blanc Double de Coubert- pristine white, double pompom-like flower. Such a delicate and regal beauty! I think it a great offence not to have one of those in the garden somewhere. They are so low maintenance one could easily mix them in with a hedge line or against a wall or fence.
Old-time ramblers and scramblers are also coming back to fashion. Today, one of the customers delighted herself by telling me that she was able to obtain something very elusive, apparently. Albertine – stunning blush pink, loose double clusters of fragrant blooms will delight the owner’s eyes and nose, but it will also provide shelter for little wildlife and nectar for the bees. This rose is not for small spaces, that is for sure. It can reach up to 5 metres in height, so it could be ideal for trailing over arches or pergolas. Or support it against a wall just outside your window, for this delicious fragrance in the summer.
I’ll finish up with Hybrid Tea roses. Nothing unusual, same old, same old. Well, maybe so, but check out the shades of those two stunners. A Whiter Shade of Pale next to Vidal Sassoon. Different? Amazing? Striking? Yes, yes, yes! Those two will look so good together in a border and will definitely be the centre of everyone’s attention. We had Whiter Shade of Pale last year already, and the colour is exquisite. It is the palest pale of baby pink, almost steel. Very elegant. And it will be a contrast to the russet tan of Vidal Sassoon.
Those are the ones to look out for I think, among many other, yellow and red, purple and white, salmon, pink, blue, and tan. Because as usual, we went slightly overboard and brought lots. I kind of have a little problem when it comes to roses. Simply can not resist. And I hope I am not the only one.
Magda O’ Byrne.