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…

More roses – can I be this good to you? Part Two, this time from the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley

As promised - and be careful what you wish for in future - a grand gallery of roses captured yesterday in the riot of colour that is the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey. The newer of two rose gardens, this features wide, broad and ascending (or descending) paths with generous steps,…

Rose Heaven – The New Season at Petersham Nurseries

    La Belle Sultane Rosa Mundi Kazanlik Honorine de Brabant Madame Isaac Pereire Souvenir de la Malmaison Variegata di Bologna Blanc double de Coubert Hansa Peach Grootendorst Rosa rugosa Alba Schneezwerg Emporeur du Maroc Ferdinand Pichard Hugh Dickson Reine des Violettes Nur Mahal Bengal Beauty Cramoisi Superieur Louis XIV Perle D'Or Gruss an Aachen…

Roses, all the way – and a piece of Chelsea Fringe at Petersham Nurseries

I think my visit to Mottisfont - to see their incomparable collection of Old Roses - might have to be soon if the Capsule Collection at Petersham is anything to go by. New roses are popping into flower every day, with an opportunity to make new friends amongst the names I haven't seen in bloom…

On my way home with Gruss an Aachen on the handlebars….

Well, a rose in the basket on the front of my bike - and a lot of smiles I encountered on the way home too. Tough little cookie, this rose - I don't think I lost a single petal and there was quite a headwind and more than a few jolts on the way. 1909…