La Roseraie du Désert

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View of la Roseraie du Desert, Bouzon Gellenave, France, May 2017

Yesterday, on a supremely sunny, warm day, we visited Becky and John Hook at la Roseraie du Désert, about 50 minutes drive from Tostat.  I inherited quite a few roses when we moved in, and along the way have probably trebled the roses in the garden originally.  My best ever purchase was ‘Marguerite Reine d’Italie’ which flowers continuously and gamely all summer long in hot, semi-shady, stony position without complaint- and she was recommended by Becky Hook when I described the fairly ghastly position I wanted the rose for.  A tough call.  So, I have a very soft spot for their nursery, and was sorry to hear that they would like to sell up- but, for the moment, they are continuing the business.

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Rosa ‘Marguerite Reine d’Italie’, Tostat, July 2015

They have fabulous roses, all grown directly on their own roots rather than grafted, so no unwelcome suckering guests ever.  And the collection contains some very historic, and unusual varieties, mostly Teas, Chinas and Noisettes- so the perfume is often delicious.  We were there pretty much at the end of the rose season this year, which seems really early, but April warmth really brought them all out, almost all together. Nevertheless, there were some lovely roses that caught my eye. So here is my selection from yesterday.  Incidentally, many of them are remontant, but some are so gorgeous that you would willingly have them in your garden for just a day.

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Rosa ‘Irene Bonnet’, 1920 Nabonnand Clément, La Roseraie du Désert, May 2017
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Rosa ‘Ducher’, Ducher 1869, La Roseraie du Désert, May 2017
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Rosa ‘Andre Schwartz’, 1882 Schwartz, la Roseraie de Désert, May 2017
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Rosa ‘Fritz Nobis’, Kordes 1940, la Roseraie du Désert, May 2017
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Rosa ‘Homere’, Robert et Moreau 1858, la Roseraie du Désert, May 2017
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Rosa ‘Souvenir de Pierre Notting’, 1902 Soupert et Notting, la Roseraie du Désert, May 2017
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Rosa ‘Marie van Houtte’, 1871 Ducher, la Roseraie du Désert, May 2017
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Rosa ‘Ornement des Bosquets’, 1860 Jamain, la Roseraie du Désert, May 2017
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Rosa ‘l’Abondance’, 1887 Moreau-Robert, la Roseraie du Désert, May 2017

Please contact Becky Hook if you are interested in taking over their magnificent collection of roses, their business and their house and land, they are looking for a buyer.