In March of 2013 I received several shrubs of ‘Golden Gate’ a beautiful yellow climbing rose to try in my garden from Certified Roses. From Kordes, Germany, this rose is known to be very hardy and disease resistant as well as producing a multitude of fragrant yellow blooms.
As I was potting them up I thought I would conduct an experiment. I would give a shrub of this rose to a friend who has never grown roses and let him plant, water and fertilize and see how the rose progresses over time. No sprays or chemicals to be used. Only organic fertilizer. When I gave the rose to my friend Mike, he looked at the bare root plant and said “i’ll give it a try”.
This spring, I began getting texts from Mike with photos of this rose and its progress.
Mike it seems is quite a woodcrafter. He built a trellis for the rose to climb upon and the photos below not only showcase his handy work as a trellis builder, but you can also see the amazing results you can achieve without chemicals when you plant the right rose in the right spot.
Received this photo this week. Now that the flush of blooms as faded, the rose has gone to work to produce more canes for the next round of buds and blooms
The photos were taken from May till mid July and as you can see, no disease on this rose at all to speak of. Our own shrubs of Golden Gate has done equally as well, winning us “Best Climbing Rose” at the Birmingham Rose Show this year. Now I just have to convince Mike to plow up more of that green grass and plant some other awesome roses!!!!!
*Photo Credit: Michael Atkinson