23 February 2012
A visit to Peter Beales roses
We had a very inspiring day at Peter Beales Roses back in early February, where we met with the talented plantsmen Ian Limmer who is the Manager of the nursery and Michael who is a specialist grower from a long line of nurserymen. They are using their expert knowledge to tenderly grow our roses for Chelsea. A large part of Michael's job is to look after our roses and the roses for the Peter Beales exhibit for Chelsea. From now on he will breath, sleep and dream Chelsea roses!
The roses are a major part of the planting scheme for the Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden. We have full trust and confidence that Ian and Michael can produce the perfect blooms and buds for our garden. We will, however, have to hope that the weather is kind to us during the build of the garden. We don't want rain otherwise these perfect blooms could be in trouble!
Whilst at the nursery we saw all our roses covered in snow, looking a long way from their full glory. However, we were able to work out how we are going to arrange the roses around the hazel domes within the garden to create the effect that we want. Some of the roses are now being trained in a gentle fan shape to enable us to tie them into the domes. It feels really exciting and we can now envisage how they are going to look within the garden.