This is not about lettuce.
As I have been banned from buying any more clematis, terracotta pots or climbing roses by my other half, I thought the relationship would survive if I restrained myself to breaking just two of those three rules in a recent trip to the garden centre. We didn’t go with any purpose in mind (does there need to be a reason to go to the garden centre!?), it just seems to be the default place to go, when others would go to the pub or a restaurant, theme park or night club, we go to garden centres.
At said garden centre, walking along I naturally head towards a few favourite areas such as pots, climbers and hot tubs. Along one particular row were roses and they were potted but pruned for the winter. I looked down the rows of labels and there it was, Rosa Iceberg (climbing).
This is a well-known and well-regarded climbing rose, introduced in 1968 it has remained in cultivation since, presumably due to its popularity. Masses of lightly scented, pure white flowers that go on and on, what’s not to like? Indeed, the person next to me, looking at the same set of roses commented that the one they had was, “brilliant, very highly recommended”. It has been on my shopping list for a couple of years and with scant disregard for the rules, it went into the trolley and came home with us.
Unlike several other roses that are currently in a queue to be planted, temporarily heeled-in until their permanent home is ready, Rosa Iceberg already has a section of prepared border and its own rose tower ready and waiting. It will be at the back-end of The Crescent, right on the edge of the “designed” garden, which is the line where the borders and my ideas finish and the original half of the garden resumes.
While the rose tower is a little short for Iceberg, there will be a Laburnum tree (currently heeled-in as well) planted not too far away for it to scramble the rest of the way when they both eventually become large enough. This part of the garden is very wet and waterlogged for a lot of the winter so I’m hoping the rose doesn’t mind too much. The “permanent wet” layer of soil isn’t too deep here and in some instances, we’ve noticed when new shrubs and tree roots have hit this layer and they’ve suddenly shot up like a rocket, I’m hoping Iceberg will do the same. I’m not sure of the rose will flower next summer, as it has to wrestle with and get above the Philadelphus planted in front of it, but I’m looking forward to a tower of rose flower power in a few years’ time.