Windrush Roses

History of Windrush Roses:

Windrush roses were first bred in 1984 in the United Kingdom by David Austin.  David is perhaps one of the most recognizable names in rose breeding.  He specializes in old English shrub and climbing roses and you will find his many wonderful roses in gardens all around the world.  This rose was created by crossing an undisclosed seedling with the offspring of the Canterbury and Golden Wings roses.  The result is a pale yellow shrub rose with a very strong fragrance.

The rose Windrush will produce blooms that average 3.5 inches or so in diameter.  The blooms will not be all that full, only carrying 15 or so petals per bloom.  The plant will also stay fairly compact, growing to a height of a little over 4 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of about the same.  The shorter stature of this rose will make it an excellent choice for small flower beds, and even container growing on your porch or patio.  The rose Windrush should do nicely in most gardens in zones 6 through 9.

Growing Windrush Roses:

Growing the rose Windrush is not all that hard and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be much of a challenge.  The most important decision you will likely make in the life of any of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them.  Roses in general need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception.  Try to pick a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.

You also will need to grow your roses in soil that drains very well.  This is a rather simple thing to accomplish but I am always amazed at how many growers I see overlook this very important aspect of growing roses.  Roses that are grown in poor soil will not only underperform, but they will usually become very weak and sickly plants.  If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a quality soil mix.  In the long run, your rose Windrush will thank you for it.

Planting Windrush Roses:

Getting the rose Windrush into the ground is not difficult and most growers are able to get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased them.  If you bought one from a local nursery then chances are they already had it planted for you in a container and probably ready to bloom.  These are absolutely the easiest roses to plant.  Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep.  This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.

If you order your Windrush roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common.  You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day.  Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface.

Once you have your rose Windrush set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and back fill the hole only halfway to start, using your soil mix.  Then take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all over the roots like mud.  Then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way.  Give the soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that might occur but do not tamp down the soil.  This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots.

Caring for Windrush Roses:

Taking care of the rose Windrush is fairly straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well.  You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it.  For most climates, this amounts to about one deep watering per week.  If you live in a region where the weather is often hot and dry, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.

You also should consider giving your Windrush roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open up.  This will get your roses off to a great start.  Most of David’s creations tend to be repeat bloomers, but unfortunately this one is not one of them.  You may be able to coerce an occasional repeat bloom later in the season but generally it is once and done.

Pruning Windrush Roses:

You should prune the rose Windrush in the late winter or early spring, when the weather in your region begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open up.  This will make pruning so much easier on both you and your roses.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so these will not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open.  Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.

This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Windrush roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collect there over a season.  Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings.  Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Windrush a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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