Remember Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, treason and…. Roses? This floriferous rose garden certainly has other ideas about a quiet slide into senescence, leaf-drop and rose-hips – these are flower-packed shrubs with more to come.

Colour, fragrance aplenty and fresh, clean leaves in abundance. A remarkable display given it really is November and hardly any of the plants in this rose garden are showing signs of giving up. They are performing beautifully. The repeat-flowering David Austin varieties are here in force, modern shrubs such as Bonica ’82 are phenomenal and all backed up by the Pemberton Hybrid Musks in terms of sheer flower-power. The summer-flowering and species roses are giving us healthy foliage and green-appeal, with the start of the hip-hip-hooray season with flashes of scarlet and ruby (Rosa x hibernica in particular).

All in all a real treat and a surprise to see to many healthy flower-filled specimens this late in the year, to breathe in their appealing scent and to thank our lucky stars for rosarians like David Austin and his amazing team. Kew, I might add, have got it right with an amazing, well-tended, healthy and well-cared for display. Thank you.