A new rose variety to me, The Charlatan, in the Bowes-Lyon rose garden at RHS Wisley this afternoon – and immediately a favourite! Blush pink single blooms opening from deeper pink pointed buds. A central crown of golden & red stamens, very like Jacqueline du Pre, lifts an already attractive flower to greater beauty. Here at Wisley it was grown as a floribunda on a relatively compact plant (knee-high) though apparently it can climb a little, gaining 1.5-1.8m (5′-6′). Where I might buy one, next on my list.
This rose garden is only a few years old now, three? four? (as opposed to the Jubilee Rose Garden at the bottom of the slope, which has much history) but unlike the older display, mixes great swathes of grasses and herbaceous perennials, shrubs too, amongst the roses. The show is all the more dynamic for it, with greater contrasts in colour and form than roses alone could muster (‘domes’, ‘sheep’ and ‘blobby’ come to mind with a roses-only affair).
Super Trouper as always adds a huge electric shock of orange into the planting – and can hold its own with the swathes of heleniums for example
Morning Mist, a vigorous shrub rose from David Austin, with copper/orange flushed single pink flowers, large, like a more substantial Rosa mutabilis and always in the peak of health (and we are mid-September remember here). Love it. Ausfire is a great match.
Moving one to another favourite David Austin rose, another single bloom, the white Kew Gardens. Invincibly healthy, with great canes, plumes of flowers up to 5′ tall on impressive heads, with few thorns and flowering early and late and regularly in between.
Kew Gardens on the left of the picture above. Almost a twin, on the right is Lyda Rose, again something new to me – perhaps it wasn’t in flower before and I wrongly assumed it was all a great stand of the white Kew Gardens. Lyda Rose matches the habit and flower quite uncannily, with a blush of pink particularly on the reverse of the petals and once more, I am smitten.
The creamy flowers of Lichfield Angel – again impossibly healthy and quick to repeat – the lack of scent is a shame but I still recommend this rose – I planted five of them in my Roehampton Garden and it is greatly admired.