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Damask roses

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:06 pm
by Chickun
Anyone know where I can get damask roses from - the sort that only flower once and were commonly using in food in the 15th c?

I have tried local garden centres (larger ones) but no joy. Am I on the right track or talking b******** regarding the breed of roses???


Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:40 pm
by sally
Funnily enough, I keep seeing them in municipal plantings at the moment. So, they are around and free for the picking usually. This is the one you want ... scena.html

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:42 pm
by sally
Rosa mundi, that stripey pink and white one is also a medieval species rose, its very common in cottage gardens so is another one to look out for

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:45 pm
by sally
other fab early ones include Eglantine ... teria.html
and a slightly more modern version of an old rose that is an easy one to grow is Gertrude Jekyll ... sbord.html
looks like an old rose, smells like an old rose, behaves like a modern rose so you get a longer flush of flowers to fill the gaps in the once flowering species. You can usually get this one in garden centres cheaply

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:42 pm
by Chickun
Thank you very much! Not far in terms of area of the country if we want some either!!!

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:45 pm
by sally
there are other suppliers, these just popped up when I looked up a few varieties. If you can buy in person its even better though as you can pick strong plants.
Damask roses in bloom are one of the most fab smells :D

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:24 pm
by Cat
I tried some rose petal jam at a French Market recently. YUM!

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:43 am
by Chickun
Got some this weekend.. Thanks Sally!