Keeping the Australian Rose Maze blooming

Keeping Rose Maze bloomingAs many of the roses in the maze are not widely known in WA, we’re busy searching for some roses and budwood to complete the plantings that were envisaged in the original maze plan.

We’d be grateful for any assistance to locate budwood for the following roses:

  • ‘Lisa Kent’ (George Dawson 1991)
  • ‘Ashgrove Jubilee’ (Eric Welsh 1985)
  • ‘Red Carrousel’ (Rumsey 1984)

Our search for budwood includes contacting rose nurseries in the eastern states and also public gardens. We’re also appealing to HRIAI (Heritage Roses in Australia Inc) members through an article in their next journal.

Our rose maze team is also busy replacing both ‘impostors’, which sometimes occurs when roses are purchased when they are not in flower, and roses that have died.

The roses have been pruned quite hard in the last couple of years with the result that the maze can be easily seen from the Albany Highway and the Black Cockatoo Cafe which overlooks the maze.

This has also extended the flowering season – there have been continuous blooms since October 2012.