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…

Heading into the second Walled Rose garden at Mottisfont Abbey….

Crepuscule Crepuscule was raised by M Dubreuil in France in 1904. He has previously (1884) raised that little charmer Perle d'Or which bids fair to outlast most roses, like Gloire de Dijon. Nobody is raising these exquisite Noisettes these days. Crepuscule is of lax, semi-climbing growth and has been recommended for hedging, but I think…

Guess what? More roses! Hopes for a return to Mottisfont too…

And after this little teaser, I'll be opening the flood-gates as I hope to get to Mottisfont tomorrow - the National Trust property in Hampshire and National Collection of Old Roses established by Graham Stuart Thomas (weather and other commitments allowing). 'Tis June and it is roses, all the way. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/things-to-see-and-do/article-1355842043826/ Mottisfont World-famous roses Every…

“I love snorting Roses” – Michael Marriott, Roses & David Austin

More research for a talk later this week and the room here at TG Central is strewn with rose books - thirty of them? Forty? What to include, what to leave out - heading off into all manner of topics and side-alleys and bookmarking pieces to read when I have more leisure.. (when,  exactly?) And then…