And then came the roses …

32 thoughts on “And then came the roses …”

  1. Beautiful! I’ve definitely been bitten by the rose bug. And speaking of bugs: after reading about neonics via your blog a few weeks ago, I wrote to the company I’ve ordered mine from, Kordes Rosen here in Germany. I had a prompt reply that stated that, although they see themselves forced to use insecticides every few years when aphids get the upper hand and the quality of the plants starts to suffer, they don’t use neonics, havent used any insecticides on their breeding areas since the 80’s, and are developing a 100% pesticide free (organic, if you wish) collection for this Autumn. I thought that was very encouraging! They ship to the rest of Europe, too.

    1. That’s terrific – aren’t you a star to pursue this and very good news about the Kordes roses! You given me a sharp reminder that my own letters MUST be written this week, so thanks!

  2. Oh this is what a rose garden should be. Well done, interesting what you said about some preferring lighter soil, I should Lois at those as most roses hate my soul and only ever want to flower once.

  3. despite the weather Cathy they look wonderful, it seems weird that you now have the rain and though the rain is back here it is much lighter than the last 2 summers, so I totally understand your frustration of seeing beautiful flowers being destroyed by wind and rain, I hope you get better weather soon, I love all the under planting as well as the roses, that riot and profusion of foliage and flower, at least another month before it happens here, if you can enjoy the perfumes then you must be getting warm weather at least, I can only imagine, Frances

  4. I’d have to agree with Frances! While you show some photos of plants obviously damaged by too much of the wet stuff, overall, your garden is just magnificent. Each photo, each pathway is such a treat to behold. Good job and I do hope you get to enjoy the garden, while not getting too wet.

      1. Thanks so much for enjoying and commenting Eliza. It is rather lovely, to my eye … and glad it pleased you too.

  5. What a lovely post, I shall come back and look at it again. You grow all my favourite roses. They are absolute heaven and grown just how I like them in romantic profusion. Madame Isaac Pereire is always a martyr to blackspot and yet this is the rose that all the books say you have to grow for the most heavenly scent. I have given up on her. I love the flowers of Blairi no. 2 but it never grew very well for me and always had terrible blackspot. Your rose all look so healthy. If you like single roses and have room for a climber Rosa laevigata ‘ Cooperi’ is superb. Huge pure white flowers and shiny green foliage which is always healthy. A really wonderful rose.

    1. Yes – I was looking at Mme Isaac Pereire yesterday and wondering if the struggle was worth it (I don’t really like spraying). Still, I will give her another year or so. It’s normally much, much drier here. The only problem I’ve really noticed with Blairii No. 2 is mildew later in the summer after flowering is over and the new growth is produced (in too much abundance!) I have looked at R. ‘Cooperi’ on your suggestion – glorious (and yes, I do like single-flowered roses, not many here so far). It is slightly tender so it would need a rampart wall higher up in the garden. They seem to give out a good dose of warmth and comfort, even in winter, because they are south-facing. It may well be on my autumn 2016 shopping list. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

      1. I know it is supposed to be slightly tender but I have never had any frost damage on it, I grew it for years in my previous garden.

  6. Beautiful roses. I’m going to have to read all this again and make notes! We only have a few unknown roses that we inherited here and I’m keen to add more. Your garden is looking luscious. Fingers crossed the rainclouds move on asap and you have glorious sunshine to enjoy it all.

    1. Rain clouds moving on, fingers crossed! I’ve found it so helpful reading about roses performing in other people’s gardens. For health, repeat-flowering and colour, I’d say ‘Munstead Wood’ is the one that pleases me most (although there are other David Austins here that are really starting to come into their own). Fantin Latour for health and amazing flowers amongst the once-flowering, old roses. Hope you find some roses that suit you perfectly!

  7. Oh Cathy, I was trying to visualise what it must be like pushing your way through all your planting – must feel like heaven sometimes although not after it has been raining I suppose! It was so interesting to read about your roses and how they have performed – so far I haven’t noticed how the weather affects them here, apart from S de la M, but it is something I am getting more observant about. Do you deadhead all your roses, I wonder…?

    1. No – not like heaven after it’s been raining. Light showers I can accept. Endless torrential downpours make life impossible. Further to deadheading – spent two hours in the garden deadheading and cutting herbaceous stuff back in glorious sunshine yesterday. It was such a joy, usually my gardening work is muddier and more back-breaking!

  8. Your garden has such a glorious atmosphere. It’s just beautiful, whatever the weather does to it. My garden is similarly suffering the deluge. It;s certainly spearing the roses into two groups- those that cope and those and just go to mush in the rain. I can highly recommend Pearl Drift which is white with pink flushed buds. Never needs spraying , and very little pruning. Can be grown as a shrub or a short climber. Repeat flowers, and copes with any amount of rain thrown at it.

  9. Your rose walk is absolutely marvelous, but beauty is a transitory thing. ‘Madame Hardy’ is indeed a wonderful white rose, though I would say ‘Sally Holmes’ is not her inferior.

    1. I noticed ‘Sally Holmes’ this year on Christina’s ‘Creating my own garden of the Hesperides’ and am now thinking of adding it here. Your vote for her kind of confirms those thoughts. It’s a beautiful rose and I haven’t got enough single ‘wildy’ roses here.

  10. Fantastic. Hope things have dried out a bit, but even with the rain it looks like a wonderland.
    I always enjoy seeing the hornbeam and yew sprigs showing up in your photos. I can only imagine how your garden will look over the next few years as plans come together. You have really accomplished so much already it will only get more wonderful.

    1. It has dried up a bit! How nice that you notice the yew and hornbeam in the photos! I am nurturing my little yew hedge carefully and still puzzling how I am going to clip it. Hopefully in a few years time it will make a nice blocky background for the roses and herbaceous perennials.

  11. Looks fantastic. We seem to have a large overlap on our roses. One to think about is Rosa ‘Crown Princess Margareta’ if you have not already planted one I am sure you would love it.

    1. Thanks for visiting – I never did my part 2 on the roses (sometimes I just get left behind in trying to keep up with blogging!) But you are so right about the Crown Princess. I admired it on so many blogs last year that I planted one this winter.

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