June means Roses.

All of a sudden roses are opening everywhere in the garden. Most of them are David Austin roses which I am so fond of, but one or two were already here before us and I have added a few ramblers and climbers. The ones I have chosen from David Austin were chosen because of their perfume as well as their beautiful flowers. All the rose bushes seem to have far more flowers than they usually do, maybe due to the hot summer we had last year, I’m not sure, but whatever it is , I approve!

Charles Rennie Mackintosh has the perfect companion in Red Campion which is exactly the same shade of pink/lilac.

Graham Thomas is a really good rose and fades beautifully to almost white.

Evelyn has the most delightful perfume.

The Dark Lady has a really old rose fragrance when you bury your nose in it.

Iceberg doesn’t really have any perfume unfortunately, not to me anyway, but I still like it.

Geoff Hamilton is magnificent this year, far more flowers than usual.

Charlotte is one of my best roses and she was sent to me by mistake many years ago. I was told by David Austin to keep her and they sent me a replacement, I have always been ever so grateful as she is so beautiful..

Buff Beauty has lots of much smaller flowers, she is covered at the moment.

A rose with no name, she was here before me 30 yrs ago! Another shrub rose covered with smaller flowers.

Mermaid climbing up the side of the kitchen wall has an open flower, and is almost single.

A Shropshire Lad is another of my favourites, such a wonderful rose in both looks and perfume.

Sharifa Asma just starting to open, another with a fantastic perfume.

Gertrude Jekyll is another good one, love this one’s colour.

Heritage gets better and better every year.

Abraham Darby is such a beautiful colour, a really good rose.

There are still more roses to open, Bonica and Rosa glauca, Wedding Day, Snow Goose, William Morris and Mulligani, which are all covered with loads of buds, so soon I’ll have even more to enjoy. Some of the climbers seem to be later than the shrub roses, but I can look forward to them, while enjoying the ones that are out at the moment. Most of the roses have hardy geraniums at their feet and their colours of pink, blue and white complement the colours of the roses. June is a wonderful month with roses as the main flower of the moment, gorgeous to look at and most of them with a wonderful perfume, what could be better?

Are you drowning in roses at the moment?

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12 Responses to June means Roses.

  1. Denise says:

    So beautiful, I do love the David Austin roses. Shropshire Lad really is a stunning rose. Lots of buds here too Pauline, but not a single flower yet!

    • Pauline says:

      My poor roses are getting battered by the rain this morning Denise, I think they’ll wish they were still in tight bud! They do make the garden look very colourful at the moment, but make a lot of deadheading!

  2. snowbird says:

    Oh….sighs…so many beautiful David Austin roses. I couldn’t see them all but loved the ones I could see. I have a major greenfly issue which is resulting in many of my roses looking unsightly.xxx

    • Pauline says:

      They are so lovely Dina and with a wonderful perfume too, I could stay sniffing them all day! Bluetits and great tits see off any greenfly that are stupid enough to come here, they don’t last long, thank goodness! x

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh, all so gorgeous, Pauline – and I know you will be in rose heaven, as I am here too! One of my recent DA purchases seems to have been wrongly labelled but I haven’t yet worked out what it is; like you, I know they will be happy to replace it

    • Pauline says:

      I saw you had a lovely selection of roses in your last post Cathy, they make a June garden don’t they. The rose Charlotte that was bought as Charles Rennee Mackintosh, would have been next to each other on the propagating bench, that was how the mix up happened, I’m certainly not complaining as it is a wonderful rose.

  4. Susie says:

    Your roses are a lovely sight. The color of Shropshire Lad caught my eye today, but each one is worthy in its own way.

  5. Jason says:

    Love ‘Graham Thomas’ and ‘Mermaid’. June does not mean roses in our garden – 2 out of 3 got killed to the root over winter. They are resprouting, but I’m not sure if they will bloom this year. Our third rose, ‘Cassie’, made it through winter just fine and has lots of buds.

    • Pauline says:

      So sorry to hear your roses suffered so much over your winter Jason, thankfully we don’t have it so cold over here. I really hope they will sprout and eventually flower again for you as nothing says”summer” as much as roses do.

  6. Anna says:

    I always enjoy seeing your roses Pauline. You have some beauties. I was interested in reading your thoughts on ‘Charlotte’ having purchased it as a gift for my nephew and wife who have recently welcomed a new baby to their family. Her name is Charlotte.
    The rose got off to a challenging start by being mauled by a visiting deer. Happily she has recovered and my sister sent me a photo last week of the very first flower 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      What an interesting start to life your Charlotte rose has had Anna, I’m so pleased that she has recovered and is now flowering, I’m sure your nephew and his wife will be very pleased with it. Mine is such a large shrub now, covered with huge flowers, it has done far better than the original Charles Rennee Mackintosh that it was supposed to be, which is such a spindly little thing by comparison!

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