Narrow Water, Noisette, 1883, unknown, introduced by Daisy Hill Nursery (Northern-Ireland)
‘Narrow Water’ is a blush-white climbing rose, which was found in 1883 at Narrow Water Castle, an 1830’s country house near Newry, Northern Ireland. In that place stood the Daisy Hill Nursery and it was this nursery that in 1901 introduced the rose under the name ‘Narrow Water’. The deep-pink buds of ‘Narrow Water’ will open to semi-double pale pink flowers with a fragrant (spicy) scent, showing the many stamens. The flowers are about 5-6 centimeters and are nicely held on sturdy, upright pedicels in large airy clusters of up to forty flowers. The shrub has matt dark green foliage on branches with sharp, hooked thorns. As a solitary shrub she grows to about two meters high, but is better grown as a small climber, as which she easily reaches three to four meters. She is very similar to ‘Blush Noisette’, an almost thornless climbing rose with slightly smaller flowers. ‘Narrow Water’ is reliably remontant, and blooms in flushes throughout the season. Sometimes ‘Narrow Water’ is classed under the moschata hybrids and could be a precursor of the Noisette Roses.
Hardiness: to average -23 °C