A mild winter followed by recent heavy frosts has caused some confusion amongst the roses. They were still growing when we pruned them at the end of February and this boosted more new growth which then got hit by the frost, becoming blackened and shrivelled. If this sounds familiar then have faith and leave these stems in situ, they will grow through this either by aborting the stems and pushing out new ones or just losing the affected leaves and producing more. These beautiful young red leaves of Sweet Parfum de Provence, a Delbard rose, have escaped unscathed and are a reassuring sign of the deep pink, fragrant blooms to follow.
Growing under glass, the sweet peas are unaffected by these late frosts and are flowering madly. Have a look at the beautiful bouquets we are sending out at Real Flower Company.