Pruning, care and maintenance plan for your roses, starring Mottisfont Abbey

There have been some changes at Mottisfont in Hampshire. A new garden has been created and there is a new-ish visitor centre. But these notes and images are more about the practicalities of growing Old Roses, with detail from winter and spring. For those wishing to delve deeper into the art and science of rose…

Pruning, care and maintenance plan for your roses, starring Mottisfont Abbey

The beautiful collection of Old Roses at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire - displayed in three separate walled gardens, each with its own distinct character and altogether showcasing several hundred Old Roses varieties with a range of complimentary plants. And the fragrance! Be still my beating heart! Actually, there is a new garden there, that I…

The parade continues – a perfect rose sanctuary at Mottisfont Abbey

Adelaide d'Orleans This originated in France in 1826 (presumably from open-pollinated seed since hybrizing was not then understood) and suggests R sempervirens as a possible parent. Of extreme grace, the lax clusters hang down. It would not reveal is beauty if trained on a wall, so it is best over an arch or a tree…

Another good day for the roses – good, but wet…

The roses at Petersham are giving up their treasures with new blooms every day - Old Roses with impeccable credentials and the new Aristocracy, courtesy of David Austin. Even on such a wet, nay traditional Bank Holiday Monday - there was fragrance too. No more can I ask...

Cream and Gold…. roses don’t have to be pink

Just a small selection of fragrant shrub roses from the David Austin stable (with the exception of Ghislaine de Feligonde, a delightful and vigorous, repeat flowering  rambler) - and none of them pink. I'm particularly fond of the deep yellow/mustard rose Charles Austin, which has an antique, fin-de-siècle style. http://www.davidaustinroses.com