15 Favourites – Roses

My fifteen favourite roses

Through the centuries – roses at Mottisfont Abbey

Hippolyte White foxgloves come into their own in statuesque quality in contrast to the dark purplish colour of rose Hippolyte. This is a Gallica hybrid for which we have no date. Strangely it is almost prickle-less and in this way as in the shape and colour of the flowers Gallica ancestry is indicated. Reaching 5…

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…

White Lace & Emeralds

The beautiful Damask rose, Mme Hardy, introduced in 1832, making this an outstanding old girl. Peter Beales in his excellent reference 'Classic Roses,' writes An elegant and sumptuous rose which can hold its own against any in the shrubbery. Flowers pure white, full double and quite large considering the number it produces. Centre petals are…