Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes, there beneath the blue suburban skies I sit…

My neighbour's climbing rose, Penny Lane. Bred by Harkness and introduced in 1998 (it was Rose of the Year that year). Medium sweet fragrance. 4m x 2.5m (13' x 8') As with many of the best modern repeat-flowering climbers, it is a hybrid between 'New Dawn' and a modern bush rose. Its flowers are large,…

Patience will be rewarded

Princess Alexandra of Kent, a David Austin introduction from 2007, large flowers in glowing pink with scalloped outer petals and a rich fragrance. The first decent bloom at Syon.Darcey Bussell tried hard, but a poor first attempt, and the solitary flower from Kew Gardens, well!Good things come to those who wait.

The Apprentice

Just me and a few thousand roses - English roses, Austin roses, Hybrid Teas and Floribundas, Bourbon, Alba and Portland, Hybrid Musk, Gallica and Species roses, Old Roses of other denominations, Modern shrub and ground cover roses, climbers and ramblers & Fragrant English Climbers, wild roses and standards... 'The Teddington Gardener' is also 'Rose Man'…

Chelsea Quartet

David Austin have launched just four new roses this year at RHS Chelsea, including a repeat flowering rambler, The Albrighton Rambler that, to my mind, will be a best seller for the Shropshire firm. So pretty! So useful...Carolyn Knight is a sport of Summer Song, a rich gold to the parental burnt orange. Thomas a…

Orange Orange Orange Orange! …Orange!

Plenty of oranges here, but not the flower of a rose called Piccolo, so that I can demonstrate how perfectly, classily, the bloom co-ordinates with the new mahogany-red foliage. A gallery with hybrid teas, some Austin roses (English Roses), some others, in shades of eye-popping and spacehopper, through sunset, copper and red-gold, apricots and peach.…

Not all about the flower, then … Rose Piccolo

The very brilliant young foliage of a rose named Piccolo, which sets off the beautiful bright orange flowers to perfection. A diminutive and free-flowering rose, which would be rather garish if it had just any plain old green leaf. Orange contrasting against this deep rich mahogany-red, well, this classy combination sizzles. All I have to…

Rosa Mutabilis

The first rose in my garden to flower, this delightful Rosa chinensis Mutabilis. This variety rivals 'Old Blush China' for its excellence as a garden shrub. Its pointed copper-flame buds open to single copper-yellow flowers of butterfly daintiness, soon turning to pink and finally almost crimson. Given a warm sheltered position near a wall it will…