The Zest for Life rose was originally named as a memorial to a young man, Ross Jones, who was tragically killed in a car crash in 2005. Sales raise funds for a small 'kitchen table' charity that provides access to education for orphaned and very poor children at two schools in the remote rural Upper Nyakach district of west Kenya. The name Zest for Life symbolises the vitality and optimism of young people; the rose is living, growing and sustainable - the same things we hope for within our partnership and for the pupils we support and work with.
Zest for Life was registered as a Charity in 2008. The Charity offers education bursaries at secondary and higher education levels to very poor students to enable them to regularly attend school or take to up a place at university or teacher training college. The Charity also runs a Breakfast Club at a primary school for the very youngest children offering a porridge meal to children which improves attendance, academic performance and overall health. Other work includes improving classrooms, building latrines and single projects focused on girls and women such as washable sanitary pads and lone mother’s enterprise initiatives e.g. micro businesses to increase family income. Since its launch the rose has generated over £3,000 for the charity. More details can be found on the website www.zfl.org.uk.
Ideal for beds and borders, this repeat flowering rose produces beautiful clusters of delicately fragrant blooms on attractive foliage from May to September.
- Position Will thrive in most well drained soils, on an open sunny site.
- Planting Water thoroughly or stand container in water for an hour before planting.
- Dig a hole twice the size of the pot, mix compost and fertiliser with the soil from the hole, remove pot, place plant in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil, back fill and firm down to prevent air pockets.
- Water well after planting and for the first growing season.
- Aftercare Roses benefit from a mulch of organic material, around the base of the plant after planting. This keeps in moisture, prevents weeds and adds nutrients to the soil.
- Dead heading Remove spent flowers after flowering, this will encourage repeat flowering.
- Pruning Lightly prune in autumn to prevent wind rock over winter. In spring prune down to good, strong, outward facing buds to produce an open wine glass shaped frame, to allow lots of light and air movement into and around the plant.
- Feed in spring after pruning and again in midsummer, with a general rose fertiliser.
Our roses are supplied as Garden Rose Plants, either bare rooted or potted into a 3L pot. They are not cut flowers but living rose plants and are suitable for planting either in pots or beds and borders in your garden making a perfect lasting gift. Our roses are supplied all year round (subject to availability) and may not be in a flowering state depending on the time of order. Our roses are supplied trimmed back and ready for planting in the autumn/winter months. New growth will develop from spring and the flowering period should be from late spring and throughout summer depending on the variety selected.
Next working day deliveries are subject to orders being recieved by 11am the previous working day. Orders received before 11am on a Friday will be delivered on the following Tuesday.
Normal Delivery charges are £5.95.
Roses cannot be delivered on a Monday due to the possibility of weekend containment reducing the quality of the product.
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