I’m in my prime. (Is that 40, 50 or 60? These days it’s all the same.) And I’ve just fallen in love with a pom pom rose. It’s the most fabulous thing! It’s a living lollypop of rose-y lusciousness and it’s growing in the trial garden outside my office window. Actually it is around the back, which is why I haven’t seen it until now.
Here it is below – our new Flower Carpet Pink Splash grown as a tree rose. Or if you’re more British in your turn of phrase, a standard rose. Which is anything but standard, as in ‘hum drum’ and ‘to-be-expected’. Yes, this is something really special.
Of course the fact that it’s Pink Splash does help, but I think there is something else working its magic here, and I suspect it’s the fact that all this floweriness sits on top of a clean ‘trunk’. The same is true of the Flower Carpet Coral standard (or tree rose) below.
If I didn’t appreciate tree roses before, I so do now. Have a look at some of these following images and you’ll see what I mean.
Roses have been grown like this (above) in cemeteries and memorial gardens for a long time (check out the girth of the trunks of these roses growing in Western Australia).
Selling your house? Seems as though a row of standard tree roses lining the drive is a good way to boost the asking price, according to this real estate web site (below).
We have these Flower Carpet White roses (below) out the front or our place, not for resale reasons, but because they look great with very little effort. There are only two tricks involved: underplant them with something (Storm agapanthus) to make the most of their shape, and be brutal when it’s time to give the roses a hair cut.
Click here for a short video on Flower Carpet “standards” tree roses.
And finally a bit of a style warning… (below)… You might not want to go so far as to graft another color onto your rose covered pom pom. Perhaps it’s too much of a good thing?