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…

More from Mottisfont – a glorious catalogue of very classy Old Roses

  Rosa Complicata It is the white centre and yellow stamens which give the rose Complicata its brilliance, enhancing the already vivid clear pink. It is sometimes called Rosa gallica 'Complicata', but while the Gallica rose is almost certainly in its parentage, it is a rose of unknown origin. Old, flowering wood should be cleared…