I’m not sure what the collective noun for roses is but I think ‘an intoxication’ is as good as any. A couple of years ago I wrote about amazing rose garden planted in an old lime quarry which I visited many years ago where over 500 roses had gone wild to create a Sleeping Beauty wilderness of breathtaking beauty. They weren’t pruned or fed but they all looked very healthy. Here is the link. Everything’s Coming up Roses. I think I should like to do the same thing here when I am too old and frail to garden, I shall just let the roses take over and do their own thing. And I can’t think of anything more beautiful. In fact the front garden is already beginning to look that way because I don’t like working there in the time of the plague because of over -enthusiastic puffing joggers and cyclists and garrulous neighbours coming too close. So it is getting wild and woolly and the roses are taking over. These ones along the front of the fence look like Hybrid Musks to me but I am not sure. Whatever they are they are useful because they are repeat flowering.
The gate is guarded by this alba rose and Clematis ‘Contesse de Bouchard’.
Further up we have darker pink ones. I’m not sure of the variety but it travels around as do all the ones in the front garden.
The purplish rose is ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ which is not really blue, thank goodness. Who wants a blue rose?
There are two weeping pears ‘Pyrus saliciifolia in the front garden which are useful for growing roses up. The first one has ‘the rambler ‘Veilchenblau’.
Next to it is’ Felicite Perpetue’.
In the yew there is a climber ‘Karlesruhe’ which is repeat flowering.
Of course any self respecting Tudor house has to have roses round the door even if the front of the house is late Georgian.
Let’s go round into the back garden now where apart from next door’s cat Luther there is nobody to disturb us.
The roses were three weeks early this year and they started in late May instead of their proper time in June. I did try a little video to show some of them and several friends seemed surprised that I posted it as it was so shaky and jerky. Clearly I have a lot to learn. The Pianist said I would get trolled if I put it on Youtube but my blogging friends are such nice, kind, people and everyone was very polite. So I might have another go sometime. But I didn’t manage to get round all my roses. So here are some more. Everyone who comes to the garden falls for the David Austin rose ‘Summer Song’, it is such a rich colour.
Nearby is another David Austin, this time a paler shade of peach. It is ‘Evelyn’,
We all love David Austin roses, they are unbeatable. I have quite a few and my favourites are ‘Grace’ ‘Teasing Georgia’ and ‘Munstead Wood’ which is such a fabulous rich colour.
But then how could I leave out beautiful Lady Emma Hamilton’ who has gorgeous flowers, leaves and stems?
And I also have ‘Mill on the Floss’ ‘Gentle Hermione’ ‘Anne Boleyn’ and ‘Imogen’ and they are all just as beautiful.
I have a special liking for single roses and ‘Sally Holmes ‘ blooms all summer long as long as you dead head her.
Of course most roses need full sun to really do well and in a mature garden one runs out of sunny spots. But on the other hand there are plenty of trees and here nearly every tree has a rose running up it. The lovely pure white single Rosa leavagata ‘Cooperi’ has scaled the wall and is heading into the greengage tree. This rose needs a sunny spot but I love for its healthy green leaves as well it its flowers, but it is very prickly.
Nearby towering over the greenhouse is a seedling I grew from a Kiftsgate rose and it clearly has ambitions to grow as big as its parent. It is growing up a holly and I find these make good hosts for rambling roses.
It is fun to grow roses from seed because you never know quite what you will get. This next rose grows at a much more sedate pace and is very pretty. I don’t know who its parents were.
Some of the rambling roses I have growing up apple trees are now enormous and I wonder how the poor trees will manage if they get any bigger.
And although ‘Phyllis Bide’ looks wonderful scrambling over the arches into my secret garden I am not sure how long they will be able to support them. I shall have to do some hard pruning.
‘Blush Rambler’ is climbing up the stump of the cherry tree I had chopped down. I think it looks lovely with the dark leaves of the Forest Pansy.
Albertine’ is an old wichuraiana rambler, bred in 1921 in France. It is still a popular one and rightly so. It has a lovely perfume and beautiful coppery pink flowers. It is easy from cuttings. Incidentally, now is a good time to take rose cuttings whilst they are still flexible. Take ones about the thickness of a pencil.
Climbing roses are not as rampant as ramblers and so they can be grown up smaller trees or bushes. I love the single flowers of ‘Mermaid”
And I adore the complex shape and gorgeous colour of ‘James Galway’ which a fellow blogger identified for me.
‘Lady Hillingdon’ has scrumptious flowers which look as if they have been dipped in tea. She is too idle to hold up her heads though.
I have more than sixty roses so I can’t write about them all here but you can see my obsession is gradually taking over. They get minimal care, a bit of pruning and I do feed them once a year . I never spray and if any rose suffers badly from blackspot or rust then they have to go, I haven’t got any room for invalids.