Wonders will never cease
19 June 2009 21:49:39
Boule de Neige
I bought a number of old roses some time ago.
Some of them never did very well for me, one of which was Boule de Neige.
I had high hopes for it but the rose dwindled. Each spring yet another of its main stems was dead and had to be pruned off. Soon I was left with two spindly stems, covered in aphids and blackspot and not a flower in sight. I'd never seen the famous Boule de Neige. In my experience that is the point when you need to cut your losses and discard the rose. For some reason I did not.
So, you can imagine, what a surprise it is this year to see two beautiful flowers and three new buds on this forgotten rose. The scent is quite delicate but sweet. I can't help but hope that this beauty will now come on for me and deign to grow into a fabulous bush.