Any day now, roses

A few more days of this warm sunshine and the dam will break, the floodgates will open, the genie will be out of the bottle, the cork will pop, the..... you get the idea. Roses, roses and more roses and very welcome they will be. In flower now are Wisley 2008 (above) and The Alnwick…

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'…

A garden re-fresh, Duchess of Cornwall, English Roses and Other Plants

All my la-di-da with photographs and tours around botanic gardens... I'm scrubbing the composted manure from beneath my fingernails this evening! Some time in the garden for a family with a couple of Big Birthday celebrations coming up and a little TLC on their front-garden-front needed. I've already planted out the garden at the back…

Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire

A joint visit today, back to Mottisfont Abbey and on to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. This Mottisfont photo gallery taken on a rather damp 21st June last year but looking superb. April cold and then lots of rain held back the flowering of the mostly once-blooming rose collection (the main show was…

David Austin roses – introductions 2012/13 and … 2013/14

Tranquility, The Lark Ascending, Boscobel and Heathcliff- four of the five new roses introduced by David Austin last year. Apart from Albrighton Rambler, whose appearance we might better be able to guess (and is likely to repeat flower..?), the other 2013/14 additions, Carolyn Knight, Thomas A Becket and The Lady Gardener will have to remain…

Rose Munstead Wood (English Rose, David Austin)

One of my favourite English Roses, Munstead Wood (named after Gertrude Jekyll's home and garden in Surrey). A dramatic, rich deep and velvety crimson with good fragrance. Flowers - large in size and cupped at first, the colour deepens as the flower matures and we get a glimpse of the stamens amongst the petals. Practically…

Darcey Bussell

The English Rose, Darcey Bussell, bred by David Austin. The colour is a deep rich crimson which takes on a touch of mauve as the flower matures. This rose with its short, bushy growth, would be good for the front of the border. Introduced in 2006. Photographed this morning on a plant still with a…