Death of a Plant

He was a long-time friend, Rosa ‘Stanwell Perpetual’ known to my family as ‘Stanley’. For the past 24 years Stanley has flowered faithfully from March to October, sometimes later. In fact in several years, Stanley had been in flower on Christmas Day!
He has beautiful pink, scented flowers and almost evergreen foliage. His relaxed habit means that very little pruning is needed. In fact, with a once-yearly feed I’ve never had to do any rose care at all. Stanley was the perfect plant for someone who has no time to garden, or someone who spends far too much time on other, less tolerant plants!
Cutting up the branches has exposed a huge gap in one of my borders and a big hole in my heart!
Unfortunately, I can’t replace him. You should never put a new rose in a spot where another one grew and now, after 25 years of gardening, I have very little space anywhere else.
So, goodbye, my friend. If there is anyone reading this who is looking for a rose…… Well, give ‘Stanley’ a try.


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