While I’m putting the finishing touches to my Ark, a few roses to delight and some thoughts on fragrance …

Après nous, le deluge - part political statement, given the referendum today (and a potentially very glum statement too) and a reference to the storms, heavenly waterfalls and flashing light-shows last night. To calm my shattered nerves, a gallery of roses, photographs taken yesterday at Petersham Nurseries, in a rare few hours of 'dry' (look…

Wollerton Old Hall – an English climbing rose with a superb Aniseed fragrance

Wollerton Old Hall is a recent introduction from David Austin Roses, originally added to the shrub collection but quickly upgraded to the rather exclusive club of Fragrant English Climbers (there are just a couple of dozen) - fragrant (it's in the name), repeat flowering climbing roses, moderately vigorous and, being a recent addition to the…

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!…

Scepter’d Isle

A rose introduced by David Austin in 1996, with sprays of cupped flowers showing off the stamens within. The strong fragrance is sweet and pervasive, a good example of the English myrrh note, first introduced with Constance Spry - referring to Myrrhis odorata and therefore an aniseed complex, a hint of Pernod perhaps? "A neat…