Believing this part of my garden unsuitable for roses, I have now slowly started to "fill in" a number of them, waiting to see how it will work out. Only the rugosas and a "Rose de Provins" have done very well here up till quite recently. The main reason why I have been a bit reluctant to plant roses here is that the soil gets quite saturated in times of heavy rainfalls. This part of my garden has on occasions turned into a big pool, and the water may take days to sink. Heavy rainfalls in late autumn and winter may turn into a catastrophe if followed by frost to make the "pool" freeze over. According to the Swedish rose expert Lars Åke Gustavsson the arvensis hybrids are supposed to be tolerant of wet soils, so I have planted three here up cherry and apple trees (none of them in bloom here).Unfortunately few of the roses are in bloom. There are a few flowers on "Knock Out" and" F.J. Grootendorst"(supposed to be a Pink Grootendorst), and a budding "Applejack". Other roses here are "Signe Relander", "Nevada", "Maiden`s Blush", "Adelaide Hoodless","Paula Vapelle","Blush Damask", "Mrs Anthony Waterer""White Roadrunner" and "Romantic Roadrunner". Not visible in the photo is a favourite spot around which I have planted " Wasagaming", "Rose de Rescht", "Therese Bugnet", "William Lobb" and "Golden Wings" (so far) Another problem is of course shadow from the fruit trees. Time will show how it works out. The tall perennials with yellow flowers are a favourite, as well as a mystery, as I have been unable to find their name in any of my books. The photo was taken on the 31st of July 2011.
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