Before they go …

19 thoughts on “Before they go …”

  1. I envy your space and patience. We grew them in the past, but age (mine) has taken its toll on the roses. Yours are so beautiful; it’s clear why you are so pleased with them.

    1. I only photograph the good bits, John! But they are starting to do better after 3 years – and yes, I do love them, wherever I meet them.

  2. The roses are truly spectacular – I really like all of the purple once-flowering roses. It’s not a colour commonly seen in the rose garden (I think many people have shied away from it over the years), but it makes a lovely impact

    1. Thanks Matt. Obviously I agree about the violet colour! I guess it is a little harder to stop it shouting with other colours – but actually, we decided yesterday that it even looks ok with orange hemerocallis.

  3. What a beautiful collection of roses. I can imagine what it must be like to walk among them in the sun. It’s been very chilly in the UK recently and the four roses in my shady garden are only just getting going so I’ve been garden visiting whilst waiting: Polesden Lacey on Wednesday in the sunshine and Nymans today on a dull and cold day. Roses do need warm sunshine in order to fully release their scent I think. My favourites are the old-fashioned roses such as Boule de Neige, Madame Knorr and Felicite Parmentier, all growing at Polesden. But the one that took my breath away today was Rosa Guinee, growing against the honey sandstone wall in the courtyard of Nymans. I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite from my roses and tomorrow I hope to pick a bowlful of the three that are in flower to enjoy inside.

    1. Thanks for your suggestions Sarah!Lucky you visiting Nymans! Guinee made a strong enough impression on me in the past that I still have a picture of it in my head. I think perhaps I’ll add Felicite Parmentier and leave it at that for the Albas. Boule de Neige is already here (although smallish). A Bourbon that repeats not badly – hopefully a real treat in the future but I noticed it didn’t like cool early spring weather.

  4. I love your roses Cathy, the violet/blue would be a strong bias for me as they are my favourite colours, and with your hot temperatures the perfumes must be divine, without the rain of course,
    where I am it’s the rugosas that do best and for me Blanc double de Coubert as it flowers well here, for you though probably the rose that was in the garden when I moved here, it has a fantastic perfume and beautiful full double flowers which start out as pinky/apricot buds and slowly change through to creamy white full open flowers, but I do not know it’s name, wish I did,
    thanks, I enjoyed your rose walk in the sunshine, Frances

    1. I love Blanc Double de Coubert and have it here – unfortunately I think the rugosas don’t do quite as well (take a while to establish) on my clay. Hope you post a picture of your gorgeous rose later on!

      1. Cathy I doubt if I will be posting photos of any roses this year, roses clearly like warmth, they are not even budding yet, rugosas like a very free draining soil, that’s why I put mine at the higher part of a slope, apparently one of the common names for the common magenta rugosa is beach rose because it grows wild on beaches, as your garden is on a hill even with clay I imagine there must be fairly good drainage, so it must be due to the heaviness of clay, Frances

  5. You have a lovely selection of roses – I think my favorite is ‘Rambling Rector’. Great name, and I love white roses. I have only a few roses in my garden, and I think the only one that counts as once-flowering is the wild Prairie or Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera). It has 2″ flowers that open deep pink and fade to white and has the habit of a climber.

    1. Great suggestion Jason (just googled). I have a bank where I am thinking of planting some of the wilder, species roses (for hips as well as flowers). I have a number of our native dog rose ready to put in there (can’t bear to kill them when they appear). Your rose might be a very nice addition too.

      1. Oh – but it is (we are a bit obsessive about roses over here!) Peter Beales, from whom many of my roses come, sells it.

  6. I loved this post because like you I am mad on roses. What a collection, you have some beauties including many of my favourites. But how can you pick just one? I certainly can’ t; I have so many favourites. Where to put them all is my big problem, in my mature garden it is very shady. Still I do have quite a few.

  7. Glorious. Roses are a struggle here (my clay soil?) but I persevere because I love them so much. I’m thinking I should be feeding them more, but what with?

    1. I love them too, but sometimes I think I should branch out a bit (cornus perhaps?). I’ve have (occasionally!) been boosting mine with manure/garden compost/wood ash in the spring. And I have a rose fertiliser (which I rarely get round to using!)

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