Just as the Rhodos and Azaleas start to fade, the baton is taken up by all the roses in the garden. The odd rose flower has been seen in May, but the main flowering period is in June with more flowers later in the year as long as I remember to deadhead the flowers regularly.
One of the first to flower is R. Regensberg which was a Mother’s Day present from our daughter many, many years ago. This photo was taken last month.
R. Shropshire Lad is a stunning rose with a beautiful perfume. We see this from the kitchen window when doing the dishes.
R. The Dark Lady who smells exactly as a dark red rose should – divine! She is much darker than the camera thinks.
R. Evelyn is just starting to open her buds, another with a gorgeous perfume.
Morning and evening are the best times to smell all the wonderful perfumes, they seem to evaporate during the middle of the day.
R. Winchester Cathedral, another with a gentle perfume.
A rose to remember dear old Geoff Hamilton.
R. Buff Beauty, this was grown from a cutting taken from one in the back garden.
Rosa Ballerina in the front garden.
Oh dear, someone forgot to prune Mdme Alfred Carriere earlier in the year, I think I will have to get the hedge trimmer out!
A climbing red which was here when we moved here, no perfume for this one though. Again, the actual rose is quite a bit darker than this.
Good old reliable Bonica is only just budding up, it is later this year than ever before.
Gertrude Jekyll has the most wonderful perfume, but it is so hot today, the perfume had evaporated by the time I took the photo, must remember to have a sniff this evening!
R. The Pilgrim, such a lovely gentle yellow, fading to white at the edges.
R. Graham Thomas, such a rich egg yolk yellow.
R. William Morris. I love all the work he did at the time of the Arts and Crafts movement.
R. Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I also love all his work in Glasgow, love his rose too!
There are still quite a few more roses to flower yet, I was quite late pruning some of them back, but they are covered in buds and should be flowering in a week or two.
The roses in full sun are suffering a bit as the heat is intense at the moment, the ones in a bit of shade are looking a lot better, thank goodness. I will be out for a wander round the garden this evening, so hopefully the perfume will have returned by then.