>Someone told me a few years ago that when planting and growing roses, the SLEEP, CREEP, LEAP rule of thumb applies. I have followed this advice after planting 2 David Austin Roses named “Golden Celebration”. I was not thrilled with the performance of this rose after the first year and almost shovel pruned them both. I am so glad I didn’t. Here are a few shots from each growing season. I have yet to see a re-bloom on these roses, despite David Austins claims of constant re-bloom. They receive the same water and fertilizer that all my other roses receive.
Planted March 2008
2009 – CREEP
You will see some steady growth, some good foliage and a few blooms.
Bud from 2009
A few blooms from 2009
2010 – LEAP!
Now reaching a stage of vigor, the plant should come into its own in your garden.
This one has been a show stopper for me this year!
In our point and click society, I was looking for an instant winner. A rose that would spring up out of the ground immediately and WOW us every month with fabulous blooms. What I learned was that good things come to those who have patience and the good sense to listen to the advice of people who have traveled down the same road.