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Dublin Bay rose.


By trivo


Bought last autumn and flowering for the first time this year is my climbing rose ‘Dublin Bay’.

Here, just to the south of Glasgow, we have had the wettest year since records began with strong cold winds that have not helped the plants.

As you will notice from the photo the blooms, such a lovely dark red, are now past their best but the main problem is that the large heavy flower heads have very thin, (weak?) stems.

I ask those experienced gardeners that I have discovered on blogs here, Can I do anything about it? As the rose grows older will they get stronger? Any ideas for future years?

Added. I have just found out that Dublin Bay is a place in New Zealand.

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It really is a beautiful deep red colour....what a shame your plants have had to endure such a poor summer in many parts of England and Scotland.We have been very lucky in comparison down here in the south east.its only in the last 3 or 4 weeks the weather has turned wetter and cooler( now, decidedly autumnal some days)
I am no rose expert but have observed many climbing roses tend have theses floppy flower stems. I wonder if it's just inherent in some species/ varieties. Maybe as the stems thicken over the years, the flower stems will too but, I wouldn't think there is much that one can do to rectify it.
Is your soil particularly moist or rich ? (If very wet, then improving drainage my help) Have you fed the rose ? Sometimes, over feeding would cause this sort of effect in some plants, not just or specifically, roses though.

28 Aug, 2015


Thanks Paul, I suspect that you and I have met at another place, there can not be two Paul's that live in Essex and change in to pirates now and again, not to mention Father Christmas.

Thanks for your comment. It does seem such a shame that it does not lift its blooms up for all to see. The rose is growing against a wall, the soil can get very wet at times but often does become very dry when it is in the 'rain shadow'.

28 Aug, 2015


So, damp shouldn't be the problem if it isn't constantly wet.

Met somewhere else????
Trevor??? Joe Bangles???.
I didnt think you went on Blog anymore. Ha are you now.....better, I hope? I didn't know you were on here. I have been on here since 2009 (although I had a previous profile) but when it went very quiet a couple years ago, I tried Blog out too.I see it's closing down soon!?

28 Aug, 2015


That's me Paul. Eight years and hundreds of posts later I jumped ship just before they decided to close down. Sad really as my Ask or Answer blog had, if you can believe the stats, just under one million hits. For a month or so I have been looking for a new home and this looked like a site that would suit my interests.

Fine now thanks, good as new, well, not quite, but fingers crossed. Hope that you and yours are good.

I maybe have not fed my rose enough and must ensure that I do ready for next year.

28 Aug, 2015


A rose that blooms in Ireland is a winner in my book. I don't think you can stop the floppy. It was the hybridizer's doing or lack there of.

28 Aug, 2015


Hi Trivo, I am in Glasgow so we both suffer from the same weather. My Roses often drop their heads with rain water. Karen is good on Roses.

28 Aug, 2015


Cottagekaren. She is also in Scotland.

28 Aug, 2015


Ha ha....I'd no inkling it could be you when I commented Trevor.
I think I joined blog when it had had its best days.
With regard to the Rose, be sure you don't overfeed it, that could make the problem worse.

28 Aug, 2015


Hello Bathgate, I don't know the story behind the name but I imagine that there is some Irish in it. Yes maybe the breeder didn't think it through but the colour is fantastic and I will put up with the floppy heads.

28 Aug, 2015


Hello Linda, no need to tell you about the weather then. A really disappointing year although there is some colour in the garden at the moment, thank God for Crocosmia and Lavatera. ?

28 Aug, 2015


But you can never complain about the Shepherd's Pie. It's Par Excellence

28 Aug, 2015


Shepherds Pie Bathgate, yes, it's been a while since I have had that, I am not much of a cook and the 'Ping' ones ( microwave) are disgusting. Incidentally Dublin Bay is in New Zealand. ?

28 Aug, 2015


Beautiful colour. Hope it will thrive under your care.

1 Sep, 2015

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