Roses, Petersham Nurseries and Sunshine


Petersham Nurseries in the sunshine this afternoon. A lovely Spring Day with a beautiful, warm and sunny weekend ahead. So much to take in but I have to start with roses… Roses all the way down both sets of benches here – a diverse selection but many, many classic shrub and Old Roses and it truly is a remarkable collection – me and Peter Beales’ Classic Roses are going to have to have a few early nights…

Including, with apologies for any I have missed – Souvenir du Dr. Jamain, Rosa Mundi, Rosa foetida bicolor, Rosa moyesii Geranium & Sealing Wax, Rosa dupontii, Queen of Denmark, President du Seze, R. Officinalis, Maiden’s Blush, Jacques Cartier, Ispahan, Leda, Felicite Parmentier, D’Aggusseau, Charles de Mills, Celestial, Alba- Semi-plena, Souvenir de Jeanne Balandreau, Rosa viridiflora, Yvonne Rabier, Souvernir de la Malmaison, Sophia, Sophie’s Perpetual, Surrey, Souvenir de St. Anne’s, Scharlachglut, Roseriae de L’Hay, Reines des Violettes, Rhapsody in Blue, Rosa rugosa Alba, Quattre Saisons, Quattre Saisons Blanc Mousseux, Perle D’Or, Pearl Drift, Portland Rose, Princess Alexandra, Prosperity, Penelope, Nathalie Nypels, Nozomi, Mrs Edith Cavell, Mme Piere Oger, Madame Isaac Pereire, Moonlight, Mme Hardy, Louix XIV, Le Vesuve, Louise Odier, Lilliana, Lavender Lassie, Jacqueline du Pre, Honorine de Brabant, Gloria Mundi, Gloire Lyonnaise, Gruss an Teplitz, Gloire de France, Gloire des Mousseux, Fabvier, Ferdinand Pichard, The Fairy, Ellen Willmott, Eleanor, Dusky Maiden, Cecile Brunner, Chartreuse de Paris, Cornelia, Comtesse Cecile de Chabrillant, Constance Spry, Chloe, Blanc double de Coubert, Ballerina, Bengal Beauty, Bonica, Boule de Neige, Alfred Sisley, Alba Maxima, Agnes, Archduke Joseph, Arethusa…. and a couple of dozen David Austin too….

For climbing and rambling roses, the choice is no less wide –  Adelaide D’Orleans, Alberic Barbier, Altissimo, Antique, Belvedere, Blush Rambler, Blue Magente, Bobbie James, Cecile Brunner Clg, Crimson Glory Clg, Debutante, Felicite et Perpetue, Francis E Lester, Ghislaine des Felisgonde, Gloire de Dijon, The Garland, Handel, Iceberg, Kew Rambler, Lady Waterlow, Lady Sylvia Clg, Lady Hillingdon, May Queen, Mrs Honey Dyson, Mme Sancy de Parabere, Mme Gregoire Staechelin, Mme Alfred Carriere, New Dawn, Ophelia, Papi Delbard, Penny Lane, Paul’s Lemon Pillar, Purity, Paul’s Perpetual White, Paul’s Himalayan Musk, Rosa wichuriana, Rambling Rector,Rose gentilcore, Rambling Rosie, Rosa longicuspis, Swan Lake, Seagul, Sander’s White, Souvenir de la Malmaison Clg, Veilchenblau, Wedding Day, Zephirine Drouhin – plus a number from David Austin too – The Generous Gardener, Claire Austin, The Albrighton Rambler, Falstaff, Wollerton Old Hall, St. Swithun, James Galway…


Standard Roses from David Austin arrived today and I’m hoping they will get more – I saw Lady Emma Hamilton last year at Hampton Court and really, really, want to see (own) it as a tall, glorious Standard…

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