Amongst the rose beds, some shining examples at Kew Gardens (or rather, the old ones are sometimes the best!)

Pat Austin (the orange) and Princess Anne (above, in shades of pinky-purple) - both from David Austin and looking, in every bed, very happy and healthy. Cerise Bouquet, below The white hydrangea-like heads of shrub rose, Sally Holmes Reine des Violettes (above and below) Morning Mist, from David Austin roses, always impossibly healthy. A big…

The Mottisfont Pictorial Rose Catalogue continues with another update…

Spong One of the most famous sports of Rosa x centifolia, originating in 1805, probably in England. It will reach 4ft (1.2m), bears typically rounded leaves of its parent and neat flowers about twice the size of De Meaux (also a sport of Rosa x centifolia), with the same good fragrance. Its failing is that…

Roses, Petersham Nurseries and Sunshine

Petersham Nurseries in the sunshine this afternoon. A lovely Spring Day with a beautiful, warm and sunny weekend ahead. So much to take in but I have to start with roses... Roses all the way down both sets of benches here - a diverse selection but many, many classic shrub and Old Roses and it…

A fragrance by any other name

Jude the Obscure - with a strong citrus scent, fruity, with guavas and white wine This article is by Robert Calkin, originally published in The Royal National Rose Society Historic Rose Journal Autumn 2013. If you are not a member of the Historic Rose Group, articles such as these are just one reason to join!…

Nice Pictures…

These pictures will have to suffice for now - snapped today, quite beautiful, with buds that will carry on the show for weeks to come.  I really do know quite a lot about them (David Austin all, save Jacques Cartier, a magpie in the nest, which is a true Old Rose) but may I refer…

Pink is the new Orange

Having been told this week by a customer that 'they never knew they liked orange so much', (there were lots of Ballerina tulips this spring, and much Geum in flower in her garden now), I think it is time to consider my 'relationship' with Orange. Maybe not give it up - the gorgeous David Austin…