Roses, roses, roses and a long, long (rose-clothed) Pergola at Kew Gardens… galleries here and some moving pictures!

This long pergola with brick pillars and timber beams is clothed with some beautifully trained rambling and climbing roses. Beautiful monsters like Rosa filipes Kiftsgate ought to swamp the entire structure and much else besides but with the love and careful treatment these specimens are given, a multitude of flowers hug the cross beams and…

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…

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…

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…