….by virtue of the fact that I consider myself unable to grow roses well. Thanks to our attempts to garden as organically as possible (we’d hate to lose our frogs), they seem to succumb to every disease known to roses. Black spot is not the half of it!
But I keep persevering! And this year, if I can say so myself, I am so pleased with the results. So what, if in a months time, the black spot deprives me of all their leaves, I have the flowers now! So enjoy them I will!
MY ENGLISH ROSES
As some of you are probably aware, I’m a huge fan of David Austin’s English roses – they have the all important scent, in addition to the old fashioned form, as well as good disease resistance. Sounds like they have it all!
What a scent Gertrude has – like Turkish Delight!
MY OLD ROSES
Also known as the “Apothecary’s Rose”, I bought this one many years ago, as the centre piece to the medicinal herb bed I was creating at the time. And it’s still looking good!
This one is a Portland rose, reputed to be strong and disease resistant. Sadly, after 3 years, it’s not as strong and disease resistant as I’d hope. But it’s still giving us beautiful flowers!
A rambler, it’s certainly doing that! Probably not in the best position for a rambler, but again, a great display. I’ll have to go in with the secateurs and a stout pair of gloves when it’s finished!
This was a “must-have” for the scented shrub border! Not only do the lovely, simple pink flowers have a beautiful scent, so do the leaves. They give off a lovely fresh apple smell after it’s been raining. Bonus! I prefer its alternative name of Rosa eglanteria. It’s also the famous Sweetbriar of old.
The next two roses are used in some of our hedges.
R. glauca (or rubrifolia) is a flower arrangers dream, with its glaucous blue leaves and clear pink flowers – must try it!
And this must follow on close, with its magnificent, red rosehips. It repeat flowers so well, even without deadheading, that you can get flowers and hips at the same time.
And last, but not least….
Admittedly, not my favourite type of roses – I much prefer old varieties – but these were bought for a reason, and their widespread appeal is now obvious to me.
Bought for my grandad, a great gardener and Scotsman – and his middle name was Wallace!
Need I say more!
I hope you’ve enjoyed our rose garden. I’m off to enjoy it some more!