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Prasiolite, Sterling, Brass. Available now in the shop….


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When I conjure up an image of a romantic and beautiful rose, I often think of those in the Bourbon class, just like this one: ‘Reine Victoria’ a Bourbon from France, 1872.

Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose - 1 Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose - 2Bred by Joseph Schwartz, ‘Reine Victoria’, named for Queen Victoria of course, also goes by another name: ‘The Shell Rose’. It’s easy to see why with those perfectly pink, cupped, satiny petals. I know someone is going to ask me, “Does it have a fragrance?” Yes, it does! Just as you would suspect a Bourbon rose to have, it has a wonderfully strong old rose scent. (I didn’t find the blooms last long in a vase, though. Best to plant this one near a path or a bench so you can enjoy it in the garden.)

Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose - 3 Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose - 4For us, ‘Reine Victoria’ only has one bloom cycle, albeit a heavily flushed and long one. I heard tales of this rose repeating in Autumn, but it does not in our garden. In fact, after this gorgeous period of blooms, the leaves succumb to a heavy case of blackspot (typical for Bourbons, alas), and defoliates completely. Peter Beales once wrote that this rose “requires the best husbandry” and I believe that to be true.

Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose - 5 Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose - 6In spite of the problems with disease, I’ve kept ‘Reine Victoria’, just like I have with ‘Mme E. Calvat’, ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’, ‘Comtesse de Rocquigny’ (and soon ‘Louise Odier’) because I think, when in bloom, Bourbons are some of the prettiest roses to be found. In addition, ‘Reine Victoria’ displayed such gorgeous ruddy hips–a welcome sight during the bleakness of last winter.

Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose - 7 Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose - 8‘Reine Victoria’ is only hardy to zone 6. We lost most of it over the winter because I simply didn’t expect it to get as cold for as long as it did, but was anyone really expecting that? I think it threw us all for a loop! I am not sure how well she will bloom for us this spring, if at all, due to the extreme amount of dieback but normally, she gets to about 4′-7′ in size. (In fact, I think this rose would be a good one for a large container.) If you plan on adding ‘Reine Victoria’ to your garden, give it lots of air circulation, great soil, yadda yadda (to help with the disease) and protect it if you live in a cold winter climate.

Reine Victoria via Hedgerow Rose 9To learn more about ‘Reine Victoria’ click HERE to view the data sheet on HMF.


Hope you’re having a lovely week!

Next up: a Secret Garden ring….



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Lion and Unicorn Emerald Ring via Hedgerow Rose

Two new rings, revisiting an older design, have just been put in the shop. A new Lion and Unicorn ring made with a gorgeous chunk of natural emerald, and a new Eleanor of Aquitaine ring made with a vibrant natural ruby.

Eleanor of Aquitaine Ruby Ring | via Hedgerow RoseLion and Unicorn Emerald Ring | by Hedgerow Rose


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Spring arrived last week, in the form of blue skies and copious amounts of warm sunshine. And then it said, “Just kidding!” and it returned to winter. Did you get snow and were you also wondering if we somehow ended up in Winterfell? These weather fluctuations are the new normal, I suppose. Once again, we moved several of the container roses in and out of the the garage to protect them from the severe frosts. It’s a real pain in the arse, if you don’t mind me saying. Getting stuck with thorns doesn’t bother me much but Jesse had a look of death on his face when I saw him literally get pinned between two ramblers this morning. I knew that would be the last time I could ask him to help me move them for the sake of our marriage. Oh, the things we do for our roses!

Hyacinth EtoufeeSome spring flowers did manage to survive the chill: Fritillaria, Pulmonaria, Muscari, Hyacinth, Narcissus and the like. The usual suspects for April. The tulips are next in line to bloom and I’m once again reminded that I really should plant more bulbs in autumn.

Some random bits: I have two absolutely delightful garden shows for you to take a gander at. This one: The Great Gardens of England and this one: Secret Gardens of England Yes, yes, I’m an anglophile but that’s beside the point. I promise these are simply very enjoyable shows for the keen gardener! Enjoy!

Spring flowers in a vintage teacup


‘Red Moss’ and ‘Old Red Moss’ are two different roses…

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Sometimes rose names and their actual identities give me a brain scramble. The plant you think you’re buying isn’t what you’re getting–remember this? It happens. These days I find that if a rose’s identity is dubious (HMF is a good source for that info) I just avoid it altogether. I don’t need the stress! ;) However, […]

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Grow Where You’re Planted

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  Sterling, Brass, 14kt Gold, Peach Moonstone & Moissanite. Available HERE…

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