I am longing for some huge cabbage-headed roses, my Granny's garden had massive ones but all the varieties I grow are of a muchness really. Is it care as much as type? Or are there some really large headed varieties? I am not too concerned about colour, but they have to be scented. I would also like the bush to grow really large, another thing I don't seem to manage!
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Thanks silver. I have lots of David Austin roses, and Peter Beales, but nothing at all that is as large as the roses my Granny's gardener used to grow. A few years ago I telephoned them and asked for suggestions, the man I spoke to suggested a rose called (I think) "the Doctor", but it wasn't all that huge and it was also a single rose whereas I want the big full blown chintzy ones. " Golden celebration" is probably the biggest in my garden. I also lived near an old man who grew huge "Blue Moon" roses , on an old bush, in that instance I am assuming it was his care as mine are never very big. His were also much greyer in tone, mine come up more pink which maybe is soil type? I want tea-plate sized roses! <stamps foot in huff>