The Enthusiasts Helping to Preserve Historic Roses

An international organisation made up entirely of volunteers is dedicated to the preservation of older roses of historical importance.

The Historic Roses Group was founded in 1990 by members of the Royal National Rose Society (RNRS).

The group organises day visits to specialist gardens with old roses, study sessions and practical workshops and annual tours to see rose gardens in the UK and abroad.

Twice a year it publishes the Historic Rose Journal delivered free to members and containing articles on old roses, their history, cultivation, and merits as well as reviewing interesting new books and information on the group’s activities and events.

Members are linked by a common view that many old roses are very robust, trouble-free, and disease-resistant so that they require minimal attention and little or no pruning. They are also keen to preserve the original gene pool from which all later roses have been bred.

There is a lot more information on the group’s website

The views of the group on disease resistance in this blog are not necessarily those of the publisher (Cants), but we are happy to promote the valiant efforts and enthusiasm of this group.

Cultivation tips for July

Your second slow-release fertilizer feed should be applied by third week in July.  Then no more slow-release fertilizer should be used until after pruning next March.   If you feel your roses need a boost then you can use a liquid feed such as Uncle Toms Tonic, or if you have yellowing of the foliage then Maxicrop with Iron.

You can continue to plant containerised roses in July.

When needed keep watering newly planted roses.  Established roses should, except in exceptional circumstances, be able to look after themselves. Roses in permanent containers/pots should be watered regularly with approximately half a pail each.