More roses – can I be this good to you? Part Two, this time from the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley

As promised – and be careful what you wish for in future – a grand gallery of roses captured yesterday in the riot of colour that is the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey. The newer of two rose gardens, this features wide, broad and ascending (or descending) paths with generous steps, pools of oval lawns, lush perennial planting with shrubs (especially the Cornus), Sambucus, Cotinus, Willows and plenty of grasses – the Stipa gigantea will have a huge impact on the visuals in a couple of months.

Below, some other bits and bobs that caught my eye at Wisley and elsewhere as I made my way through the day.

Perennials and more perennials the order of the day today, with a generous delivery to Petersham Nurseries. 9 trolleys? 10? Tomorrow – ah well! Tomorrow brings a delivery from David Austin roses – 126 shrub roses, 42 regular climbers, 40 larger specimen climbers and 30 large specimen shrubs – and did I mention another batch of Standard Roses – including Claire Austin, Tranquility and Desdemona (the latter two, being brand new trials). Every day is a Rose Festival at the moment….

I’ll break off now as I’m contributing to a workshop tomorrow titled ‘Creating a Cottage Garden’ and of course I’m talking roses …..



2 thoughts on “More roses – can I be this good to you? Part Two, this time from the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley

  1. That “Charlatan” rose is amazing! So many to love. I saw “Fighting Temeraire” last summer in Queen Mary’s Rose Garden — gorgeous. Thanks for these! Do you have a favorite?

    1. Thanks for your comments – the Charlatan was pretty much covered in these upward facing blooms – quite a sight. Silver Ghost has large pure white, velvety petals and hugely floriferous; Wild Edric is rich in colour and fragrance, wild and impossibly healthy (a rugosa hybrid from David Austin); Super Trouper for its Bang! of searing orange; Cariad makes a huge bush with big pink blooms and is quite underrated (again from Mr Austin); Rhapsody in Blue (fragrance, streaks of white); Rose de Rescht – neat, deep flowers and blue-green healthy foliage; Lyda Rose for the flush of pink on the open single white blooms; Harlow Carr for its bristly, full leafy habit and small flowers in huge trusses with huge Old Rose fragrance (like Gertrude Jekyll), Lady of Shalott for the sheer flower power but wish it had a stronger scent … well, you get the idea! Fighting Temeraire has to be in their too – I took more photographs representing the variety of colour as the flowers mature and the overall effect is delightful. Healthy too.

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