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?