Caramella (aka Caramel Fairy Tale) is a member of the Kordes’ Fairy Tale rose series.  Fairy Tale Roses are Kordes’ answer to David Austin. The plants carry heavily double blooms on vigorous, easy-to-care-for shrubs, with great disease resistance. Betty Cuthbert, last week’s Rose of the Week, is part of the series, as is Pomponella.

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Betty Cuthbert


It is time to start the Rose of the Week posts again.  I have been a bit lax and the first spring flush has all but gone.  There is always so much to do in spring I seem to miss it every year.  My rose garden is about 200 metres from our house so I have to make an effort to go and see it and I never seem to.  There is always something that needs to be done and no time to be wandering aimlessly through roses.  The other day, as we were leaving Bridgetown, I said to Maus, “I have to get a rose photo.” Continue reading

Rosendorf Sparrieshoop

Rosendorf Sparrieshoop is another rose on which there does not appear to be much information.

I have found out that it is a modern shrub rose. I think I have mentioned before that modern garden roses are classified as bush, shrub, climber or miniature.  Most roses you see in gardens are bush roses, ie, hybrid teas and floribundas, though David Austin roses, which are extremely popular, are classified as shrub roses, as is Rosendorf  Sparrieshoop.  Shrub roses are, essentially, a collection of roses that do not fit in other classes. Continue reading