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    Oh well....I may have lost Thelma some cash!! My two bare roots are in their way

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    I've tried two Austen roses in pots in the past, Gentle Hermione and Lady Emma Hamilton. Both had lovely perfume, each quite different. They were OK for a couple of years then got sickly and sad, even with new compost and good feeding, and eventually had to be put in the ground. I also found they had very drooping heads, like the flowers were too heavy for the stems. Tried harder pruning but I never shifted the problem, and it was the same once they were in the ground. Anyone else found this? Any suggestions welcome.

    However I had a Gertrude Jekyll as a south-facing wall shrub in my last garden. Wonderful scent - outside the front door so I could sniff every time I went in and out - strong grower, no disease issues here in Edinburgh. It's my top rose and earmarked for my new garden next spring. The perfume just knocks my socks off.

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    .....re-reading the thread again, you can see and smell a large number of named roses at Regents Park in London and the rose garden at the Alnwick Garden. The show garden at the David Austen nursery near Wolverhampton is extensive and very lovely, I spent a happy half day here, and lunch in the cafe was good too. All fabulous places to visit if you're a rose lover.

    There are also rose trials in Glasgow every year, with new roses awarded prizes for scent, people's choice etc, worth a look at this possibly. https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=16577

    Glasgow's top scent prize for 2017 was a red rose called Bordeaux, bred by a German firm called Kordes. They decided years ago to stop spraying their trial beds and only grow healthy varieties, so maybe worth looking out for. Harkness roses likewise, see this article https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardenin...-best-to-grow/

    At the end of the day perfume is a personal choice though, so it's best to seek out and sniff as many as you can before you decide which to buy for your garden. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it....!
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