The parade continues – a perfect rose sanctuary at Mottisfont Abbey

Adelaide d'Orleans This originated in France in 1826 (presumably from open-pollinated seed since hybrizing was not then understood) and suggests R sempervirens as a possible parent. Of extreme grace, the lax clusters hang down. It would not reveal is beauty if trained on a wall, so it is best over an arch or a tree…

A truly wild & technicolor wild flower meadow at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham

Hot and cool blending in this swathe of wild flower meadow at St Mary's University, Twickenham Campus. Just driving along between appointments and had to pull over to admire the display - as had other people too. A real treat and welcome break, especially as temperatures topped 25C this afternoon.  

More from Mottisfont – a glorious catalogue of very classy Old Roses

  Rosa Complicata It is the white centre and yellow stamens which give the rose Complicata its brilliance, enhancing the already vivid clear pink. It is sometimes called Rosa gallica 'Complicata', but while the Gallica rose is almost certainly in its parentage, it is a rose of unknown origin. Old, flowering wood should be cleared…

Paradise is a Rose Garden – Mottisfont Abbey

The Rose Gardens at Mottisfont Abbey The gardens at Mottisfont Abbey are a year-round attraction. However, during June, when their unrivalled collection of Old-fashioned roses fills two (well, almost three) walled gardens with scent and dazzle the eyes with colour. It is an unforgettable experience. These roses have a historical importance beyond their beauty. They…

Mottisfont Abbey Rose Gardens – that’s the way to do it!

If you want to find just the right rose for your garden, to compare one variety over another, learn about their varying forms and habits and take inspiration from planting combinations and companions, this is the place to do it. Quite staggeringly beautiful. Everything.