Mottisfont Abbey – a look back at the rose gardens in June 2014 (It’s raining again in 2016)

Set by the banks of the crystal River Test, cutting through the chalk downland, sits Mottisfont Priory, dating to the 13th Century and with a colourful history right up to the 20th Century with Maud and Gilbert Russell bringing life again to the old house and the National Trust subsequently taking the House and Gardens…

A return to Mottisfont Abbey; an Old Rose Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to these gardens, for which, so far as the roses are concerned, we have Graham Stuart Thomas to thank principally and for the last 40+ years, the National Trust for preserving and enhancing his original collection of Old Roses. Mottisfont holds the National Collection of Shrub Roses. I met Jonny Bass, the head…

Souvenir du Docteur Jamain – a rose with perfect form, a rich deep colour and superb, intense fragrance… #roseheaven @PetershamN

There are Old Roses and there are Classic Old Roses and this beauty has to be in the top echelons of rose society. Rich deep colour, velvety blooms and a complex Old Rose fragrance combine to make this absolutely one of my favourites. Treated as a tall, rather lanky shrub, or a short climber, Souvenir…

The Mottisfont Pictorial Rose Catalogue continues with another update…

Spong One of the most famous sports of Rosa x centifolia, originating in 1805, probably in England. It will reach 4ft (1.2m), bears typically rounded leaves of its parent and neat flowers about twice the size of De Meaux (also a sport of Rosa x centifolia), with the same good fragrance. Its failing is that…

Through the centuries – roses at Mottisfont Abbey

Hippolyte White foxgloves come into their own in statuesque quality in contrast to the dark purplish colour of rose Hippolyte. This is a Gallica hybrid for which we have no date. Strangely it is almost prickle-less and in this way as in the shape and colour of the flowers Gallica ancestry is indicated. Reaching 5…

Petersham Nurseries – 10th Anniversary Events & Celebrations!

Petersham Nurseries turns 10 - and I'll be talking All Things Roses... Events 5th -8th June From the Petersham Nurseries website - Join our family celebrations, a festivity of ten years Petersham Nurseries turns 10 this year and in celebration, owners The Boglione Family will be hosting a long weekend of events, open to the…

A slice of Petersham and “Wisteria Watch” on Ham Common

  Petersham Nurseries enjoying the sunshine today. Filling up with plants, happily, with more to come especially if this good weather keeps up. There is an excellent collection Old Roses, and rarities amongst them too (I should know! The rose selection is a real treat and while I think I know a lot about roses,…

Sometimes the old ones are the best…

I joined the Historic Roses Group last year (at the Hampton Court Flower Show in fact) and have been looking after a collection of Old Roses for a few years now - as well as following their use in the breeding of modern English roses from David Austin. There is much to admire and hundreds…