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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Wonders will never cease

19 June 2009 21:49:39
Boule de Neige

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.


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J.D. J.D. 19 June 2009 22:51:58

Looks gorgeous, Rachel, Is it very pale pink or white? Hard to say in the photo.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 19 June 2009 22:56:28

Rachel sorry have'nt been able to keep up with all this progress. I think your rose may have suffered from the past two wet summers, a burbon rose like Boule de neige suffer from balling (petals clinging together and failing in wet weather) and I also find that some rose have to be rigourously sprayed every 2 weeks or the plant weakens. But perhaps it's now got through it's weak patch and will grow stronger from here!! Hows the stone circle coming along?


Rachel Rachel 19 June 2009 23:11:36

It's white, Jacinta, but the buds have a pink tinge. The name in French means 'snow ball'. The rose pre-dates the last two summers, Bill, but I'm sure they didn't help. We'll see what happens.


Rachel Rachel 19 June 2009 23:16:03

Stone circle - ah, yes. The sandman commeth! I underestimated the amount of sand needed but luckily hadn't pended the bags. The suppliers agreed to exchange my bagged sand for twice the amount un-bagged. The un-bagged sand arrived today (and they took away the first lot).


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