6 June 2011
Peter Beales Roses
I absolutely adore old-fashioned roses. Their heavy open blooms hang down from the plant offering both scent and colour. Seeing the field-grown roses at Peter Beales nursery in Norfolk is an incredible experience and one I would heartily recommend any plant enthusiast sees. When you see them growing together you are able to differentiate growth habits and colour variations and in my case, choose colours that work well together.
Two fabulous roses surprised me on this particular visit, ones I would not normally think to use. It is so important to see them flowering - a photograph just doesn't show the clarity of colour you get when seeing a flower close to. Rosa 'Twice in a Blue Moon' is a smoky lilac coloured variety which will work brilliantly in a planting scheme including Monarda 'Elsie's Lavender', Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavendelturm' and silver artemesia.
Rosa 'Sir Paul Smith' is a big blousy crushed velvet coloured rose with big heads which hang down. It will look brilliant trained over the top of a wall and I have already found a spot in the garden for it - it will grow wild in the grass up and over the wall that borders the cottage garden.
Peter Beales Roses, London Road, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 1AY