Rosa 'Boule de Neige'
rose Boule de Neige (bourbon)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil, including clay
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Fabulously fragrant double flowers open from pink tinged buds from summer to autumn. This vigorous Bourbon rose was introduced in 1867 and has been a popular rose ever since. The dark green foliage shows off the fully double, snowball-like blooms extremely well making this a great rose for the middle of the border.
All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
- Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease).
Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well.
Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturers instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.
As most shrub roses tend to flowers best on older stems, they only need a little light formative pruning. Hard pruning should be avoided unless absolutely necessary as it can often ruin the plants shape. The best time to prune is in late summer after they have finished flowering. While wearing tough gloves, remove dead, damaged, diseased or congested branches completely. If the centre of the shrub is becoming congested, remove one or two of the older stems to their base. If they have become too leggy, then you can often encourage new growth to form by cutting one or two stems back to within 10 - 15cm above ground level.
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Q:Which Roses will still be flowering in September?
I am getting married in September and want to give my parents a present to say thanks for all their help. I thought a rose bush would be a really good idea as it should last a long time and will remind them of the day. Ideally I would like to present it to them in flower on and would like it to have white flowers. Any suggestions?Asked on 7/4/2005 by Susan Genever
A:There are some lovely roses that should still be flowering in September - although ultimately this will largely be dependent on the weather. Below are the white ones we sell that would make a lovely gift, just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. Rosa Rambling Rector' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1282&CategoryID=8 'Rosa Boule de Neige' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2000002339&CategoryID=8 'Rosa Ice Cream' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1232&CategoryID=8 'Rosa Winchester Cathedral' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2000002354&CategoryID=8 >'Rosa Polar Star' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1242&CategoryID=8 'Rosa Blanche Double de Coubert' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=77824&CategoryID=8 'Rosa Climbing Iceberg' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1181&CategoryID=8 'Rosa Iceberg' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2375&CategoryID=8Answered on 7/5/2005 by Crocus
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