Wherever I look at the moment, roses are flowering as never before, have they enjoyed our strange weather, I don’t know, but whatever it is that has made them flower so much, I’m very pleased with the result. Come for a wander with me round the garden and see how much colour they are providing but how I wish you could smell all the wonderful perfume that I can.
Buff Beauty which I grew from a cutting of the one in the back garden, this one always flowers first.
This has formed a large shrub and is covered with flowers.
Gertrude Jekyll in the rose garden at the front. A super rose with a wonderful perfume.
It has taken its time but eventually Gertrude has made a good sized shrub.
The Dark Lady up near the top of the garden with the most wonderful perfume and has formed a lovely large shrub.
Geoff Hamilton at the entrance to what is now the circular meadow.
Not absolutely certain about this one’s name, but I think it might be The Prince, lovely old rose perfume.
Rosa Evelyn, another with a fantastic perfume.
Rosa Evelyn ‘s flowers eventually open wide to form a large flower.
Rosa Abraham Darby in the front garden has also formed a good sized bush which has lots of flowers.
Abraham Darby has never flowered so well before, this is its best year so far!
Winchester Cathedral is a smaller rose in the rose garden.
The Pilgrim has flowers which eventually turn almost white, a good grower.
The pilgrim forms a good sized shrub.
Across the path from The Pilgrim is Rosa Graham Thomas, a really good rose with always lots of flowers.
The flowers are always good too!
Leading through to the circular meadow are a few shrubs of Rosa Iceberg, they are flowering really well, is this because they sat with their roots in the flood earlier in the year?
I hope this improved flowering continues in years to come.
Rosa Ballerina in the rose garden, a very different rose from most of the others.
Next to Ballerina is Rosa Heritage making a large flowering shrub.
Rosa The Coutryman is by the field and is a low growing shrub which has taken a while to fill out but now it is a good flowerer.
Rosa Charlotte is growing by the entrance to the circular lawn, or flowery meadow and has been such a good rose forming a good sized shrub.
The flowers of Charlotte are a lovely colour and they have a pleasing perfume too.
Climbing rose William Morris is growing up the side of the sitting room wall, a lovely rose, with perfume to match.
Rosa gallica officinalis or the Red Rose of Lancashire to remind me of home! It’s more pink than I thought it would be, but hey ho!
At least the buds are red!
Rosa glauca in the back garden is very different from all my other roses. I love the simple flowers but also love the beautiful blueish foliage.
Rosa Snow Goose is a repeat flowering rambler which is on the archway into the woodland, so is in shade for most of the day apart from very early morning sunshine. Unusually for a rambler it will keep flowering on and off all summer.
The buds of Snow Goose start out pale pink but open white into these frilly semi double flowers, so pretty.
The buds of Shropshire Lad are so perfectly formed.
They then open into beautiful flowers with a wonderful perfume.
Rosa Sharifa Asma is perfect in every way, flower form, perfume and size of shrub.
As you will see most of my roses come from the David Austin stable and I have been so pleased with them. Some have taken rather a long time to form decent sized bushes (probably why they recommend you buy 3 of each variety!) however they are all now flowering beautifully and I think this is their best year yet! They were also all chosen for their perfume, so when I wander round first thing in the morning there is always perfume floating by on the breeze.
We had non stop rain all day yesterday so I think I might have a lot of deadheading and tidying of fallen petals to see to today, lots of buds still to come though so there will still be plenty of colour in the garden. By the time I’ve finished even the compost heap will look pretty with all the rose petals decorating it!