When the Iceberg hits an Iceberg, where do we turn?
If you have been telephoning and Googling around looking for 3ft Standard Iceberg Roses and you cant find any, it is because every grower we can find is sold out! There were similar problems last year due to the tremendous popularity of this trouble-free white rose, and a few truck loads were coming in from South Australia. But we weren’t prepared for them to sell out even faster this year!
We’ve decided we might be taking matters into our own hands and growing our own Iceberg Roses soon. In the mean time we have pre-purchased a fresh crop of several thousand Standard Icebergs and we will be able to sell these from the 20th of February next year at $29.90 each, but if you order and pay for a bulk buy of 6 now you can purchase them for just $24.90 each. 2ft and 4ft Standard Icebergs are still available.
As the economy picks up, plants are in big demand. At Hello Hello Plants we are doing a good trade by continuing to find great plant specials to pass on to our customers, as well as growing our own favourites, while other nurseries are raising prices.
So while we continue to round up all the Iceberg Roses we can find, now is a good time to discuss alternatives to this garden favourite in case they really do become extinct (until next year at least).
Why are Icebergs so well loved? They’re white, they flower a lot (almost the entire year) and they’re disease resistant. They are often referred to as the World’s Best Rose, so we have our work cut out for us proposing alternatives.
Both Margaret Merril and Pascali Roses are a similar pure white to the Iceberg. The added benefit of Maragret Merril is her fragrance. Iceberg roses don’t have a fragrance to speak of. Pascali is the choice for more frequent flowers.
Disease Resistant Roses:
For the unparallelled disease resistance of the Iceberg, not many come close.
One that does is the newly released Burgundy Iceberg, being simply a colour variation of the White Iceberg.
Graham Thomas and Bonica also have a good reputation for disease resistance.