Rosa ‘Cecile Brunner’ is a delicate, pale pink polyantha rose that was bred in France by Marie Ducher. It was introduced to the rose world in 1881 and is a very popular plant. Since then, a climbing version has also been cultivated.
I’ve always had a Cecile Brunner in my garden. I love the perfume and the miniature roses are perfect for small vases. The perfume is difficult to describe - sweet, delicate and I often get a slight hint of pepper. The buds are small and pointed and even when the flowers open they retain an attractive appearance. The plant repeat flowers during the warm and hot weather which is a real attraction.
This rose is also known as the ‘Sweetheart Rose’, ‘Malteser Rose’, ‘Mignon’ and ‘Mlle Cecile Brunner’. It’s often said that it was named for the daughter of Ulrich Brunner who was a Swiss rosarian, but it could be his daughter or his sister, both were named Cecile Brunner.
The Cecile Brunner rose can easily reach two metres and often gets much taller. I like this rose because it has very few thorns, making it easy to prune and work with. The plant is tough and disease resistant, great attributes for any plant.
Pruning is carried out in late winter or early spring while the plant is still dormant. Remove old canes right at the base of the plant and then reduce the height and width to suit your garden, always remember that young wood produces the most flowers.
The climbing Cecile Brunner rose is extremely free flowering, with flushes in late spring and early summer. The plant is perfect for training over archways and looks amazing spreading on fences and trellis-work. This rose will take extreme heat which is a must in our region.
The Cecile Brunner rose actually prefers a humus rich, fertile soil that is moist but well-drained. This tough plant will also tolerate poor soils and will grow well with some shade.
This is a great plant for all but I particularly recommend it for the novice gardener.
It’s tough, disease resistant, grows in most soils and locations and is easy to prune – and it rewards you with amazing little flowers.
The Agriculture/Horticulture Department at Wodonga TAFE have a range of short courses available during 2019. Courses include AgVet Chemical Users Course, chainsaw training, quad bike training, basic propagation and pruning workshops. For more information ring 1300 698 233.
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