Heading into the second Walled Rose garden at Mottisfont Abbey….

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Crepuscule was raised by M Dubreuil in France in 1904. He has previously (1884) raised that little charmer Perle d’Or which bids fair to outlast most roses, like Gloire de Dijon. Nobody is raising these exquisite Noisettes these days. Crepuscule is of lax, semi-climbing growth and has been recommended for hedging, but I think is best with support from a wall. After the summer crop later flowers appear giving us many tints, a delicious fragrance and good foliage. Thin out old twiggy growth in January ti encourage new basal shoots.

Souvenir de madame Auguste Charles

Souvenir de Madame Auguste Charles

This Bourbon rose saw the light of day in 1866, a late but distinguished flourish to the long line of this class of rose. It is a lax grower but not over vigorous, suitable for a low wall or fence but no tall arches. The blooms reach a state of perfection when fully expanded – a dense array of petals folded and quartered and with central green pointil. It is not overdone with fragrance but usually produces a good autumnal crop. Keep removing the dead heads, and thin out twiggy growth in winter. It is a charmer, all on its own.

Captain Hayward
Captain Hayward

Captain Hayward

This rose was raised in Shepperton in 1894 by henry Bennett, the creator of several famous roses including Mrs John Laing. The Captain is a good strong grower but needs support. Note the excellent foliage. The flowers are typical, rather vulgar Hybrid Perpetual in style, with some scent, and a good autumn crop. The magnificent bright crimson colour was much admired in its day but in hot weather fades to lilac-pink tones which, however, assort well with other Old Roses. The loosely formed flowers often show some stamens. The stems will reach 6-7ft (1.8-2m) and need to be trained as horizontally as possible to encourage flowering shoots. Constant removal of dead heads will usually ensure later crops and the plants repay a good thinning out of twiggy wood in winter.

Gloire d'un enfant d'Hiram (Hybrid Perpetual 1899)
Gloire d’un enfant d’Hiram (Hybrid Perpetual 1899)

Gloire d’un enfant d’Hiram

One of the most sumptuous of the Hybrid Perpetuals is a rose of 1899, Gloire d’un Enfant d’Hiram’, a big lax grower with few prickles and good leaves, which is best when trained on a wall or fence. There is nothing to touch the size, full shapeliness and glowing crimson tint, bright red in bud, fading slightly purplish with age, but at all times arresting and fragrant. The rose requires the usual deadheading and reduction of all weak twiggy growth in winter.

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