On Saturday, my stylist was showing me her long hedge of Knock Outs (various colors, don’t know the type) in front of her house and I have to admit I was a bit jealous. She then remarked that she needed to “cut them all back,” and I tried to tactfully urge her against any such action at this time. She probably will anyway.
The next day, I glanced back at my hidden garden/jungle-of-weeds that takes advantage of a narrow south-facing space between my garage and the neighbor’s back garden. I was pleased to see that my ridiculously huge David Austin ‘Darcey Bussell’ was loaded with viable buds. They were also on really tall stems, just as you’d see with a hybrid tea. (The DA English roses tend to have sprays, more like floribundas.) I could easily have cut 5-foot stems, like the novelty ones you see around Valentine’s Day. These roses get going in May and continue into November. The catalog description, like most of the DAs, falsely promises short shrubbiness, but all of my roses from this grower seem determined to reach for the stars. Which is fine; in spring, I can tame them a bit. The buds are opening beautifully, and the form is way better than my stylist’s shrubs. I think so, anyway. The best part is that this is a time when you can cut every flower in the garden.
Unlike many of the historic and literary names used by DA, Darcey Bussell is a real live person, a well-known ballerina, now retired, who now judges Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing.
on October 25, 2016 at 9:41 am, in the category It’s the Plants, Darling.