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Post by RitaG on 3rd April 2011, 20:34

Following on from Happy Roses's 'Best Cutting Rose' thread, I thought I do my own road test of some David Austin Roses I have growing in my front garden.

Last Saturday, 26 March, apart from picking a huge bouquet for my neighbour, I also managed to pick a smaller bunch for myself.

I took a photo of these the following morning (Sunday) for the record ...
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Not the best pic but you get the idea of the blooms. As you can see, most were already blown open so already a few days old on the bush. Here is what I picked and how long they lasted from first picking on Saturday evening:

Rose picked 26/3 - Lasted till
Canterbury (bud) - Wed 30/3
Brother Cadfael (bud) - Fri 1/4
Chaucer - Fri 1/4
Cymbeline - Wed 30/3
Jude the Obscure - Tue 29/3
Katherine Morley - Tue 29/3
Lucetta - Thu 31/3
Lilac Rose - Fri 1/4
Radio Times - Wed 30/3
Swan - Fri 1/4
Troilus (1 x bud) - Fri 1/4
The Dark Lady - Fri 1/4

The roses that hung on till Friday were looking very sick but still intact on their stems. I should have taken a photo of the vase with the stems and blooms, and petals when I threw them out the following Saturday.

From memory, Tuesday was a hot 30deg day so was expecting to come home to a bunch on shrivelled blooms, but most survived.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 4th April 2011, 06:18

50% of them lasted a week, not bad percentage I reckon. Lovely roses Rita.
A nice library of rose books in the background, or are these called "rose bibles".
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Post by Ripley on 4th April 2011, 07:36

Beautiful Rita. Did you do anything special to them, to preserve them? or just cut and put in water. They seem to have lasted pretty well
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Post by Dave on 6th April 2011, 07:18

I wouldn't care if any of those roses only lasted for a day, they are so beautiful.

I sometimes put a few drops of bleach in the water to save changing it. Also cleans the vase.

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Post by Guest on 6th April 2011, 17:01

Dave a few drops of bleach in the water kills off any microbes which make the stems rot, plus add a teaspoon of sugar for an energy source, ( sounds like Mary Poppings)LOL

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Post by RitaG on 8th April 2011, 20:01

Tks. No, there are no additives to the water ... I'm a lazy kind of person when it comes to this stuff. They either grow & thrive & survive without my fussing over them, or else they can just .....

But, I will certainly take the bleach/sugar thing on board next I pick a bunch.

Yes, rose bibles indeed David (M) and have had these for quite some time.

David (C) - I'm with you, couldn't care less if they only lasted a day ... like Peter Beales, I appreciate and love these roses even if their beauty is fleeting. As long as I can grow, smell and behold their beauty even for just a moment in time .... I feel blessed and at peace.
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Post by OzRose on 9th April 2011, 11:42

Just lovely Rita .

" David (C) - I'm with you, couldn't care less if they only lasted a day ... like Peter Beales, I appreciate and love these roses even if their beauty is fleeting. As long as I can grow, smell and behold their beauty even for just a moment in time .... I feel blessed and at peace. "

I couldn't agree more .

I do the bleach/sugar thing although it's domestos rather than straight bleach as that's what I have in my kitchen cupboard ; one of the Ozgrow ladies who cuts a lot of her roses for the house swears by Chrysal if you can be bothered tracking it down . Also worth keeping it in mind if you put roses on the show bench.

cheers. Rosalie
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