Gruss an Aachen

Gruss an Aachen

Eden Rose/Pierre de Ronsard

Eden Rose/Pierre de Ronsard

Mme Sancy de Parabere

Mme Sancy de Parabere

I think my visit to Mottisfont – to see their incomparable collection of Old Roses – might have to be soon if the Capsule Collection at Petersham is anything to go by. New roses are popping into flower every day, with an opportunity to make new friends amongst the names I haven’t seen in bloom before – taking in their form and fragrance – as well as saying hello to firm favourites.




LD Braithwaite – from David Austin

Mottisfont is now a National Trust property near Romsey in Hamsphire and is a Must for rose lovers of whatever ilk. The show there ought to be at its best in the first couple of weeks of June, so get out your diary and check the SatNav.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Fringe are in residence at the Nurseries, with a Flower Peep Show in this dramatic Shepherd’s Hut…


But I’m not giving away anything about the experience –


French lavender

‘Chelsea’ tomorrow…