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'My Biggest Surprise' Series Award winning Color: White & Cream Disease resistance: Average Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: strong Ideal: Very few thorns Old roses Rose: Climbing

‘MY BIGGEST SURPRISE’ SERIES | ROSE ‘MME. ALFRED CARRIÈRE’ | MICHELLE ELSOM

‘MY BIGGEST SURPRISE’ SERIES | ROSE ‘MME. ALFRED CARRIÈRE’ | SCHWARTZ 1879

 

WHAT CAN A ROSE DO FOR YOU WITH A BIT OF LOVE?

 

INTRODUCTION | THE RIGHT ROSES

At The Right Roses, we support two important causes:

  1. The Best Rose Experience’.
  2. Together We Protect This Planet’.

The team at The Right Roses firmly believes that, with the support from all members, collectively we can make a big difference. Moreover, sharing your own experience and stories will be such an important way to enrich the resources for rose-lovers all over the world, including YOU.

This time, we would like to share with you a story from one of our members at The Right Roses, Michelle Elsom. Rose ‘Mme Alfred Carriere’ has been in Michelle’s garden for 6 years. However, she has never performed particularly well. This year, a big surprise happened. Please read Michelle’s story to see what a rose can do for you with just a little bit of  love. Indeed, ‘love’ might be the most crucial ingredient for success, we believe.  

We hope that Michelle’s story can be a source of inspiration to many gardeners. We highly appreciate Michelle’s contribution.

We look forward to many other stories around the world. Please send your rose experience to RightRosesCom@gmail.com.

 ‘MY BIGGEST SURPRISE’ SERIES | MS. MICHELLE ELSOM

Name of the Rose: Mme Alfred Carriere

Breeder: Schwartz 1879

Here is a picture of my beautiful rose Madame Alfred Carriere. This year she’s outstanding, full of flowers with lots of buds as well. She has been in the ground now for about 6 years but has never done very well. This year I have made a mega effort feed her even though I didn’t get round to doing any pruning last year and she has rewarded me. She is growing up and over a pergola now reaching a height of about 16 ft with a spread of about 12 ft.  She doesn’t need deadheading as doesn’t tend to develop hips. This rose has a delightful fragrance as well as her leaves been scented too. I don’t tend to find her long lasting as a cut flower but she doesn’t mind the heat of the day – as in direct sunlight. For a rose, which is over 100 years old, she is doing pretty well.

Photo credit: Michelle Elsom

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Louis
Louis
2 months ago

This is a wonderful testament to patience, and in the garden perhaps patience is the most forgotten virtue. It often saddens me when I read of roses, carefully bred and with such potential, being given only a season or two to reach any level of production. I understand, we live in a time of instant gratification- and I am subject to the same impulses; but maybe Ms Elsom’s story of this wonderful success will inspire others- including me, to respect the need for time in letting these living treasures realize their full beauty. Thank you!
Louis

MICHELLE POLLARD-KING
MICHELLE POLLARD-KING
2 months ago
Reply to  Louis

Yes indeed. I totally agree. I have another favourite old rose ( this one is a real old chap – a massive 180 years old!) ‘Cardinal de Richelieu’ very unhealthy generally, but other than the health has the same great qualities of MAC above, this rose has an powerful old rose fragrance & bounty of flowers (MAC is more of a musk fragrance which is also lovely) I will post a photo when he is in total bloom , which won’t be long. I am giving him extra TLC this year in an effort to improve his health, a bit… Read more »

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