Teasing Georgia

Of the four roses we have, one died, two have flowered and finished for the year and the final one is now out. It’s another Old English Rose called Rosa “Teasing Georgia”, and it’s quite beautiful.

It’s not as strongly scented as the Gertrude Jekyll rose but more so than the Graham Thomas. I especially like the soft butter-yellow colour that’s light around the edges but turns richer towards the middle.

It’s a shame that the Rosa “Strawberry Hill” (the one that died) won’t be joining the others this year, but I am expecting a bare-root replacement to come through this November. It will be a year behind all the others, but considering the amount of well rotted manure that was dug into the area where it will be planted, it should catch up pretty quickly.


  1. Sunil, I must admit that I think fragrance is a priority in roses, as in peonies; but that is such a gorgeous flower that it is probably worth trading off some fragrance. Your photograph does such a wonderful job of capturing the intricate geometry of the flower.


    1. Hi Jean, I agree – I just wish they were as fragrant as the Gertrude Jekyll. I might try something like growing sweet pea through the roses to help them out a bit. I’ll put it down to experience. They are very good looking roses though and I’m hoping I can put the lack of strong scent down to bad weather and first growing year so hopefully, they’ll be better next year.


  2. Sunnil – that is one pretty, pretty rose. I might have to have the gorgeous “Georgia” in my garden too! By the way, I am sure you already know this, but please don’t put the new rose in the same place as the one that died. Roses seem to leave an “imprint” in the soil somehow, and if one has died, or been diseased and been moved, the next one suffers….. so – perhaps a non-rose in the space, and another kind of planting in the original place.


    1. Hi Mrs Mac, it should be OK to replace the rose, the original was planted last winter as a bare root rose and it barely managed to grow a few shoots in April before it keeled over and died a month later. There shouldn’t be anything wrong with the soil but I might just dilute it with normal compost as there’s so much well rotted manure in that area the poor thing might have been overwhelmed.



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