The Rose Garden at Kew. Vital still in November ….

Remember Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, treason and.... Roses? This floriferous rose garden certainly has other ideas about a quiet slide into senescence, leaf-drop and rose-hips - these are flower-packed shrubs with more to come. Colour, fragrance aplenty and fresh, clean leaves in abundance. A remarkable display given it really is November and hardly…

Roses all the way – a veritable photographic encyclopedia of these beauties … (Part One)

Between the rain showers yesterday, a tour around the two rose gardens at RHS Wisley - these are all from the first, the Jubilee Rose Garden, which features roses planted among roses and more roses (no herbaceous planting here, not allowed at all). The next gallery will feature the planting in the Bowes Lyon Rose…

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…

and a few more roses – the glorious Bowes-Lyon rose gardens at RHS Wisley

A new rose variety to me, The Charlatan, in the Bowes-Lyon rose garden at RHS Wisley this afternoon - and immediately a favourite! Blush pink single blooms opening from deeper pink pointed buds. A central crown of golden & red stamens, very like Jacqueline du Pre, lifts an already attractive flower to greater beauty. Here…

Summer Song to Tess of the D’Urbervilles via A Shropshire Lad and James Galway – Roses for Sunday

The burnt orange of Summer Song against the warm golds of Crown Princess Margareta.   'Tis June and the roses are heading towards their absolute Peak. Of course, the English Roses from David Austin will flower again, several times indeed and very welcome they will be too. But just now, with the summer-flowering roses -…

Almost, nearly there: David Austin’s finest – the promise of a good year for the roses?

This time last year, nothing. Barely a bud, nothing even closely resembling a flower. The month-long Sub-Zero ºC that was March 2013 put back the roses until July. This year, after a mild winter and some early sunshine (and the possibility of a long warm summer), I think it will be a good year for…

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…

Cream and Gold…. roses don’t have to be pink

Just a small selection of fragrant shrub roses from the David Austin stable (with the exception of Ghislaine de Feligonde, a delightful and vigorous, repeat flowering  rambler) - and none of them pink. I'm particularly fond of the deep yellow/mustard rose Charles Austin, which has an antique, fin-de-siècle style. http://www.davidaustinroses.com