Just a quick SoS from me today, with no apologies for them all being roses – but at least they are not all pink! There are still many roses with buds yet to open, and those that are in flower are still only sporting less than a handful of blooms. Above we have the dancer, ‘Darcey Bussell’, and below Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’:
One of the RHS gardens, ‘Harlow Carr’, followed by Gertrude Jekyll’s at ‘Munstead Wood’:
I enjoy browsing David Austin’s catalogue of roses because it always gives the origin of their names, and completing today’s six for the Saturday meme kindly hosted by Jon the Propagator we have ‘Crown Princess Margareta, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, married to King Gustavus VI Adolfus of Sweden, and an accomplished landscape gardener and artist, and ‘Strawberry Hill’, the gothic revival house in Twickenham, London, built by Horace Walpole.
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They are all lovely, thank you for sharing them with us.
It’s good to share 👍
Gorgeous selection, the perfume must be wonderful in your garden!
It’s getting there… 😉
There is no need to apologize for them being all roses. (Is there?) I prefer to post six pictures of the same species, such as six rhododendron blooms. Heck, I did it for two weeks just last week and the week prior! I have done it with roses and camellias as well. Are hybrid tea roses still grown?
No, I agree, not at all! And yes, HTs are still grown but modern shrub roses are particularly popular, especially amongst those who don’t just buy what they see at a general garden centre
If I am ever able to select my own roses, I would grow only a few hybrid tea roses. I got three ‘Proud Land’ that I installed into my mother’s rose garden in about 1984, and they are doing very well here. They may be enough for me. (Although I enjoy growing roses elsewhere, I am none too keen on giving them space in my own garden. I got a dozen or so other roses from my mother’s rose garden, but they are mostly floribunda roses that I will send to my niece and others.) My favorite rose is ‘John F. Kennedy’, and I do not mind purchasing one (in violation of my own rules) and giving it plenty of space! Heck, I could get a few!
Don’t apologise for an all roses SoS, they are stunning! Your garden must be looking a picture.
It’s getting there 👍😀
Fabulous! made my day. Thanks for sharing.
It would be selfish to keep them to myself, Alison 😉
Rhapsody in Blue!!!!!!
Well done Cathy! Your roses are sublime.
And after a few days away we came back to lots more blooms – sublime indeed…what flowerpower!
Beautiful roses – love the colour of ‘Munstead Wood’. I must confess that I drool over the names in the David Austin catalogue. I’d love ‘The Poet’s Wife’ and ‘The Generous Gardener’ and ‘The Lark Ascending’ simply for the names.
Me too, Jude, and I rarely buy anything else but have had to remind myself sometimes that there are other (probably equally worthwhile) roses out there! I have The Poet’s Wife too, which looks as if it will flower well again after having been moved a few years ago – AND I very nearly bought The Generous Gardener for the newly created space behind the revamped water butt, because it was named for the NGS. I sensibly chose a different rose though, as at 15ft it would have been stupid for the obelisk – but as I write this now I am thinking I could have dispensed with the obelisk and had it climbing over our neighbour’s defunct pigeon loft perhaps… Too late now though!
Such fabulous roses Cathy, your garden must be a dream.
It’s getting there, Noelle – and Abundance is very much the word once we get into May!
Love the Crown Princess, and, while I’m generally not a “pink rose” pereson, Strawberry Hill is luscious!
Strawberry Hill is a very different shade of pink, isn’t it? Definitely a hint of strawberry puree… 😉
Glorious, love Rhapsody in Blue..
I wanted something other than the pinks/reds in the actual ‘rose garden’ – but I do prefer the highly-petalled ones…😉
Wonderful. I think Rhapsody in Blue is my fave, such an unusual colour for a rose.
It makes a change from the pinks, doesn’t it?
My roses are just beginning to open. I love the David Austen ones too – mainly for their scent – though I have other fragrant ones too.
I did ‘make’ myself look at some of the ‘old’ roses for their fragrance, and have a couple of them, but they had to be repeat flowering varieties!
They are all wonderful Cathy!
More of them flowering now too, Cathy! 😊
All look so beautiful Cathy. I still remember the pleasure of encountering ‘Crown Princess Margareta’ in your garden. The names behind roses and other flowers too are often fascinating and tell so many stories too.
I am always astonished at the number of buds roses produce, and CPM is no exception – and I am sure there will still be more blooms to come before our visitors arrive later in June. I also know I can rely on DA to tell us why he has given roses their name, as we can be left wondering otherwise…
Thumbs up for Rhapsody in Blue!