Chocolate Fancy

Hot Chocolate, Novelty Rose of the Year 2006 A cluster-flowered, floribunda rose with a quite unique colouring that is very difficult to capture - I know, I've photographed this rose dozens of times and this is the first time I have made a decent stab of it! Growing to 3'/90cm tall and a little less…

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes, there beneath the blue suburban skies I sit…

My neighbour's climbing rose, Penny Lane. Bred by Harkness and introduced in 1998 (it was Rose of the Year that year). Medium sweet fragrance. 4m x 2.5m (13' x 8') As with many of the best modern repeat-flowering climbers, it is a hybrid between 'New Dawn' and a modern bush rose. Its flowers are large,…

Kew Gardens

I expect by the next time I photograph this rose, David Austin's Kew Gardens, it will be a riot of single, creamy white flowers held in enormous hydrangea-like heads, eruptions of blooms that will continue in great, big flushes all through the summer. At the moment it is in furious bud, waiting on just a…

Not all about the flower, then … Rose Piccolo

The very brilliant young foliage of a rose named Piccolo, which sets off the beautiful bright orange flowers to perfection. A diminutive and free-flowering rose, which would be rather garish if it had just any plain old green leaf. Orange contrasting against this deep rich mahogany-red, well, this classy combination sizzles. All I have to…

Lady Emma Hamilton

Lady Emma Hamilton. The buds of this English Rose, bred by David Austin and introduced in 2005, are red with orange flashes. The fully opened flowers are a rich mix of tangerine orange and gold and the whole is set off by dark, bronzy-green foliage which becomes dark green with age. This unusual colour combination…