Hardy queen of groundcover roses "Fairy"
Touching and reverent groundcover rose “Fairy”, or “Fairy” (The Fairy) produces so many flowers that under them almost no greenery is visible. This is the most abundantly blooming of all roses, which at any age can form just an amazing amount of flowers on one shoot.
Starting its parade late, only in the middle of summer, Fairy quickly turns into the most romantic accent in the design of any garden and lives up to its fabulous name until the end of autumn. But the number of flowers does not mean at all that this rose is also distinguished by increased demands: “Fairy” has earned the title of royal variety largely due to its endurance.
Decorative advantages of a fabulous versatile person
Due to its ability to bloom relentlessly from the second month of summer until the cold weather in November, Fairy is considered one of the best lush flowering varieties of universal ground cover roses, which, if desired, can be grown as shrubbery. This unpretentious, resistant to diseases and pests, hardy, well adapted to harsh winters plant that blooms profusely even without the most careful care.
“Fairy” (The Fairy) has not accidentally earned the title of one of the easiest to grow richly colored or polyanthus roses. She is able to play different, sometimes dissimilar roles, looks great on the flower garden, and in the mixborder, and in splendid isolation.
Silhouette and foliage
This rose is characterized by quite bright, small, restrained-glossy foliage, not as thick as that of other ground cover roses, but very elegant.
Fairy is a unique variety for groundcover roses. This is a bushy, wide-spreading rose that can play the role of a ground cover and grows in breadth significantly with age, but at the same time it is still perceived as a compact, lush bush. One rose in adulthood can cover an area of about a square meter of soil due to meter-long hanging shoots, powerful and quite strong. At the same time, the Fairies are developing both practical straight shorter branches and longer lashes.
Thanks to its beautiful drooping shoots, Fairy is a favorite rose for breeding standard forms. In the tall barrel variation, the Fairy is surprisingly good. It looks like a cloud of pink cotton wool, conquers with a surprisingly graceful silhouette and beauty.
This rose perfectly tolerates molding and can be given the appearance of a neat bush, restrain growth in width and spread over the soil.
“Fairy” blooms later than most roses, only by the middle of summer, but it blooms relentlessly to frost.
Repeatedly blooming, practically not slowing down the flowering rate, The Fairy groundcover rose in the middle of summer is covered with a cover made of densely doubled inflorescences. Fairy's flowers are rosette-like, appear airy and very dense. Reaching only 2.5 cm in diameter, they are surprisingly magnificent, gathered in very dense brushes, more like bunches, which makes each individual flower seem larger. On each shoot of this rose up to 25 flowers can bloom (and with good soil nutrition and constant maintenance of its moisture content, their number even exceeds four dozen). The number of flowers on the Fairy is so great that under them, the attractiveness of the plant itself is practically not visible.
The aroma of a rose is very delicate, practically not felt, only at a close distance its captivating overflows are captured.
Inflorescences of Fairy, despite their modest size, always attract attention in floristry. These small, but thick-bloomed flowers stand for a very long time in a cut, which allows you to create bouquets of roses that do not lose their attractiveness for a much longer time.
The color of the flowers is pale pink, soft, romantic, it differs on almost every flower, watercolor stains from more saturated pink to almost white are observed throughout the bush, which only emphasizes the romantic status of Fairy. This effect of color change and transitions is inherent in “Fairy” due to the fact that bright pink flowers after blooming gradually fade almost to a white color. If the weather is cold and cloudy, then the flowers can fully preserve their sufficiently saturated color.
The disadvantages of this rose include the tendency of flowers to burnout. In the bright sun, especially under the midday rays, the pink watercolor of beautiful flowers is quickly lost, and the color becomes unattractively faded. That is why it is so important to plant a rose in places where at noon it will not be lit by the sun.
What to look for when buying
When buying seedlings “Fairy” (The Fairy), you must give preference to plants with an open root system. They should be characterized by a sufficiently large number of shoots, developing from one powerful base. Do not buy a rose that "splits" already in the place of vaccination, it branches badly at the top, and develops one-sidedly. Please note that on the rose leaves should not be loose, and even more so you can not buy seedlings with yellowed leaves. The rhizome should be branched, bunch-shaped, dense and very strong.
Seedlings must be bought immediately after excavation: the longer Fairy seedlings are stored without soil, the more their adaptability suffers and the worse roses take root in a new place. Please note that the roots of the plant must be fresh, in no case overdried, the whole plant is healthy, without spots and damage.
Conditions Comfortable for Fairy
Unlike most ground cover roses, Fairy is a light-loving, but not the most sun-loving rose. She prefers areas that are brightly lit for only half a day, in which the plant will not suffer from midday rays or will be shaded from the sun by other plants in the hottest time of the day. Fairy can be grown even in partial shade, but the number of flowers in more poor lighting will be reduced accordingly. In partial shade, this variety stretches up, almost does not grow in breadth. When choosing a location for Fairy, you should categorically avoid all the southern sides of buildings, rock gardens, and the hottest places on the site.
The soil for this rose is quite easy to pick up. It should be loose, light in texture, well permeable to water. High fertility rates are only welcome. It is believed that this rose is able to bloom beautifully even on poor soils. But in the absence of access to a large amount of nutrients, Fairy will produce fewer flowers and will suffer from diseases and pests.
When choosing a soil mixture for growing Fairy specimens in containers, select special substrates intended for growing flowering plants or special soil for roses.
Before planting, be sure to improve the soil. Sprinkle as much mature compost and mineral fertilizers as possible across the surface. Dig deeply over the entire rose growing area and carefully select the weed rhizomes, large breasts and stones.
When planting the Fairy, observe the distance to large plants, other roses and shrubs about 50 cm. The Fairy rose can be planted even in the middle lane in spring and autumn.
Rose “Fairies are planted in individual landing pits, the size of which is selected accordingly with the size of the rhizome, with an increase of 15 cm for drainage. It is best made up of gravel or gravel sprinkled with sand.
Before planting, the long roots on the seedlings must be shortened, and all the shoots on the rose should be trimmed to a level of 10-15 cm. Set the rose on a small mound of land so that the point of grafting is 3-4 cm below the ground line. If you grow a standard mold, then before installing the rose in a container or planting hole, be sure to place a support in the middle to which you can tie the rose. After falling asleep the substrate around the entire perimeter of the planting hole create a roller from the ground, which will not allow water to spread during irrigation. It is better to water this rose over the next 2-3 weeks after planting regularly enough to accelerate adaptation.
Fairy watering is needed only during drought, especially at the budding stage and at the beginning of flowering. At this time, the lack of precipitation can significantly affect the number of flowers produced, so it is better to carry out deep watering with a frequency of 5-7 days to saturate the soil with moisture.
The first dressing for the Fairy is made in early spring, immediately after removing the shelter. For her, it is advisable to use special mixtures of mineral fertilizers for roses and organic fertilizers. The second must be carried out at the stage of budding, using phosphorus-potassium fertilizers (superphosphate and potassium sulfate) or once again make special fertilizers for roses.
The reputation of a somewhat sloppy rose in this variety is absolutely not justified. Even with minimal care, The Fairy retains its appeal and surprises with its relentless flowering year after year. In order for the Fairy to always look neat and flawless, just shake off or cut off faded flowers and sometimes adjust the bush as you wish, cutting off thickening or naughty, too long branches. In early spring, Fairy must be sanitized. On the bushes, all damaged and dried shoots are removed.
The rest of the care for the Fairy comes down to:
- regular loosening of the soil when a crust appears;
- timely weeding or mulching replacing them, which will reduce the number of watering procedures and save yourself from the need to remove weeds.
Preparing for the winter
“Fairy” in the middle band often freezes, but quickly recovers. Usually this rose winters well with a light spout. Young roses are better protected more reliably:
- High erect shoots on the bushes are shortened to a third of the height in late autumn, all leaves are removed from the bushes.
- The base of the bush is spud with earth or compost.
- Shoots are covered with brushwood, spruce branches or wrapped in burlap.
Stamp roses, derived from Fairy, need a very special approach to wintering. It is best to keep the tall Fairy cleaned up for winter. But if the rose does not grow in the tub, it must be dug up on one side and bent to the ground, covering with the help of air-dry methods, ridges and spruce branches, leaves and non-woven materials. There is another option - spud the base of the leg, carefully wrap the trunk with non-woven material, and cover the crown with an air-dry method.
Pests and diseases
Powdery mildew is the greatest danger to roses of this variety. It manifests itself in a whitish coating, which primarily appears on the young parts of the plant. Sometimes on this rose can be observed and downy mildew, which affects only the lower sides of the leaves. Both diseases are best treated with special medications.
The most winning parties in garden ensembles:
- in lush hedges;
- in borders around the rosary and flower beds, in the zoning of zones;
- as a separator plant or decoration for a lawn;
- on supporting walls, in rockeries and rock gardens, where the effect of a cascade of branches is perfectly revealed;
- in standard form: “Fairy” will decorate any pot garden, flowerbed or garden bed, looks great in containers and
- potted as a "guard";
- to create a surprisingly lush background on flower beds, under fences, walls of buildings;
- in landscape ensembles and puffy-colored rabatki in a romantic style;
- in mixborders of continuous flowering.
Best partners for Fairy
Choosing decent companions for Fairy is not at all difficult. This variety of ground cover roses is combined with all kinds of other roses, including miniature and wicker roses. But no worse, it is combined with perennials. “Fairy” looks great in the company of horned violets, catnip, bells, lavender and other classic partners for roses. Fairy flowers look very good against a background of white lobularia. Digitalis, decorative cereals, Veronica, wormwood, chistensk and other plants with silver leaves will also be excellent companions for this rose.
This variety of roses cannot be combined in compositions only with perennials and perennials with a yellow or orange palette. In their company, “Fairy” flowers seem dirty and even with the abundance of color, the rose loses its attractiveness.