The Rose Garden at Kew. Vital still in November ….

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…

The Autumn Equinox – And to celebrate, a little tour of RHS Wisley

Rosa Florentina, in the Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley - this may be the autumn equinox but the roses aren't letting go of summer just yet. A little time since my last post but in my defence, I have had a holiday - a delicious time in Barcelona, if you must know - so…

Roses all the way – a veritable photographic encyclopedia of these beauties … (Part One)

Between the rain showers yesterday, a tour around the two rose gardens at RHS Wisley - these are all from the first, the Jubilee Rose Garden, which features roses planted among roses and more roses (no herbaceous planting here, not allowed at all). The next gallery will feature the planting in the Bowes Lyon Rose…

If you were expecting more Autumnal fireworks, wait in line – in Kew Gardens, the roses continue to shine….

The Rose Garden at Kew today - I was expecting a delicious crop of hips amongst otherwise bedraggled roses, in the garden behind the Palm House at Kew Gardens this afternoon. I called in more to capture some of the arboreal autumnal fireworks from the likes of the Sweet Gum, Liquidamber styraciflua, the gorgeous Cotinus…

Almost, nearly there: David Austin’s finest – the promise of a good year for the roses?

This time last year, nothing. Barely a bud, nothing even closely resembling a flower. The month-long Sub-Zero ºC that was March 2013 put back the roses until July. This year, after a mild winter and some early sunshine (and the possibility of a long warm summer), I think it will be a good year for…

A fragrance by any other name

Jude the Obscure - with a strong citrus scent, fruity, with guavas and white wine This article is by Robert Calkin, originally published in The Royal National Rose Society Historic Rose Journal Autumn 2013. If you are not a member of the Historic Rose Group, articles such as these are just one reason to join!…

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (Auspeet) David Austin Recommended Variety Category English Roses (English Rose Collection) Bred By David Austin Colour Rich yellow Flower Type Double/Full Bloom Hardiness Hardy Fragrance Strong and delicious fragrance varies between a soft, floral Tea and almost pure lemon according to weather conditions. Strong Repeating Excellent Special Characteristics Named after Charles Darwin the…

Nice Pictures…

These pictures will have to suffice for now - snapped today, quite beautiful, with buds that will carry on the show for weeks to come.  I really do know quite a lot about them (David Austin all, save Jacques Cartier, a magpie in the nest, which is a true Old Rose) but may I refer…