In recent years, park roses have been increasingly used in landscape design: they are decorative, unpretentious and blend perfectly with the natural environment. The English rose Abraham Darby was introduced into the culture 30 years ago, but still occupies an honorable place among the most popular varieties in Russia.
Variety Description and Characterization
Park rose Abraham Derby is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful and popular varieties bred by English breeder David Austin. As the parental couple, the polyanthus Yellow Cushion rose with yellow flowers and the climbing Aloha rose with pink-red terry inflorescences were chosen for her.
The rose of this variety forms elegant high-double flowers, consisting of approximately 50 petals and reaching a diameter of 13 cm, with a very intense fruity-strawberry aroma. The flowers have a classic cup-shaped antique rose. The petals are pink-peach on the inside and beige-yellow on the outside. The flowering is plentiful, multiple.
The plant is powerful, reaches a height of more than 1.5 m, therefore, it needs a significant landing area. The leaves are large, glossy, leathery type. The description provided by the originator characterizes the resistance of the rose to the most common diseases as quite high.
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Before shelter for the winter period, park roses stop feeding with nitrogen-containing fertilizers, but continue potash-phosphorus top dressing (this improves the ripening of shoots before frost). At the end of summer, a mixture of potassium sulfate, superphosphate and boric acid is introduced into the soil (10/25 / 2.5 grams per bucket of water, respectively). Cutting flowers is not carried out, as it stimulates the formation of new shoots.
In the case of active flowering and development of rose bushes in the fall, the vegetation process is stopped by pinching the shoots and bending the stem near the bud. Before using the shelter, the supports are removed. The technology of sheltering a park rose for the winter is as follows:
- twisting thin stems into a loose, fairly loose tourniquet;
- mulching the soil with dry foliage with crushed mothballs (to protect against rodents);
- installing a wooden frame over the stacked bushes and covering it with plastic wrap.
You can use a simpler and An affordable way of shelter, which is to bend the stems to the ground, mulched by a layer of dry foliage or needles. Spruce spruce branches are laid on top of the stems and the film is pulled. However, this method is not suitable for regions with too snowy winters: there is squeezing and aging of rose bushes due to the lack of sufficient air volume.
In the early spring, after the main snow mass has disappeared, the shelter from rose bushes is gradually removed, avoiding sudden changes in temperature, but also preventing the plants from warming up, which may occur due to exposure to the covering material of sunlight.
Florist tips and reviews
According to gardeners, terry flowers of apricot color give a special appeal to the variety Abraham Derby, which with age, however, acquire a not very pleasant pale pink hue. Flowering occurs in the first decade of summer and lasts until the fall of a significant drop in temperature. The rose exudes a rather strong, fresh fruity aroma that intensifies before the rain.
Experienced growers recommend planting roses of this variety in the warmest and most sunny places of the infield, in which cold and gusty winds are almost completely absent. Rosa Abraham Derby, like all park varieties, prefers moist and well-drained soils with a pH of 5.6-7.3. Despite the fact that these roses are easier to tolerate cold, in regions with severe winters, it is recommended to cover them.
Rosa Abraham Derby has overall positive reviews. The disadvantages of the variety include the high susceptibility of tender petals to rains. With prolonged dampness, the leaves of the plant are often affected by black spotting and rust. To protect against diseases, rose bushes should be treated with insectofungicidal preparations several times a season. To prolong flowering, it is necessary to remove all faded flowers or whole brushes from the bushes in a timely manner.