One minute I’m surrounded by rhododendrons and azaleas, enjoying the perfume of the azaleas, the next I’m drowning in the scent of all my roses! I’ve never known the roses to be so early, one or two maybe, but they all seemed to be flowering before the end of May this year. So much colour all at once is quite amazing, I have the rhododendrons brightening up the shady side of the garden and the roses on the sunny side, going into overdrive.
Most of my roses are from David Austin and have been chosen for their perfume. This is Gertrude Gekyll.
Rosa Graham Thomas
Most of my roses have hardy geraniums planted at their feet.
Rosa The Countryman.
They are in all shades from purple, pink,blue through to white.
Rosa The Dark Lady, gorgeous old rose fragrance with this one..
The bees come along and do what bees do naturally, and I end up with lots of different colours
Rosa Geoff Hamilton.
All the colours go so well together.
Rosa Charlotte, sent to me by mistake for Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I was told to keep it when she flowered a different colour from what I had asked for!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a colour clash.
Rosa Abraham Darby.
Blues go with everything.
Rosa Ballerina, a floribunda for a change.
But then, all the pastel shades go together.
Rosa Heritage, a strong grower.
Rosa Buff Beauty which was a cutting from one that I have elsewhere in the garden.
Rosa The Pilgrim.
Rosa Evelyn, fantastic perfume with this one.
Rosa Shropshire Lad, a wonderful rose in all its parts.
Rosa Winchester Cathedral.
Rosa officinalis. I bought this one to remind me of home in the North West of England as this is the red rose of Lancashire which dates back to the time of the Wars of the Roses in the 14th/15th centuries when Yorkshire was fighting Lancashire to decide who should be king.
Rosa Sharifa Asma. Another with an amazing perfume which will stop you in your tracks.
Sharifa Asma really is such a beautiful rose and grows really well.
Snowgoose, a small rambler which is over the archway into the woodland. It is in the shade of a tall Acer, but manages to flower on and off all summer.
Rosa William Morris, planted up against the back of the house, beautiful colour and perfume, a strong grower.
There are still a few more which haven’t flowered yet, but I would say that 95% of the roses have been flowering since mid May, which has never happened before. Was it all the rain in February, when we were flooded, or all the sun and heat that we have had this month that they appreciated? Whatever it was, I’m delighted!
I’ll finish with a gorgeous sunset that we had the other night, it didn’t last long, but dashing upstairs with the camera to get the best view was worth it!