I’m continuing my series of posts on this year’s crop of rose photographs with Rosa ‘Jude The Obscure’, one of the most wonderfully scented English roses. I haven’t got many decent pictures of this variety: this is about the best.
Regular readers may remember my passion for taking pictures of rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’. The reverse of the petals is a different shade to their fronts (a feature often found in David Austin’s roses). It creates an interesting effect in the centre where the petals are folded into a rosette.
I know this shot is a little messy, but I love the tumble of blooms facing the sun. This rose is always true to its name: ‘Grace’.
I took a wider shot too: here is ‘Grace’ at the front of a rose border…
… and here the focus is on the deeper, younger dahlia-like blooms that are not yet fully open.
I’m not too familiar with ‘The Lady Gardener’ though the odd times I’ve seen it growing, she’s always looked radiant, with sturdy, ruffled blooms.
This is a side view of the same rose. I took these two shots of ‘The Lady Gardener’ during a visit to Burford Garden Company in the Cotswolds. I don’t get down there as often as I’d like, but when I do, this place draws me in, the same way a flower lures a bee. If American garden lovers fancy seeing a classic English garden centre when they’re over here visiting Hidcote Manor Gardens or Kiftsgate, it’s only about 25 miles away.
Rosa ‘Lady of Shalott’ (above) is a different beast, with much looser, two tone petals – in this case the darker shade is on top and backs are lighter. The individual flowers are not really photogenic, but the whole plant can be stunning. Why, then, did I take a bloom shot? One of life’s little mysteries. This flower looks to me like it should be smoking a pipe… if roses did that kind of thing.
I like the way the petals are so tightly packed in these flowers – this is rosa ‘Port Sunlight’. The little rose bud is so sweet! David Austin varieties often have round buds, rather than slim ones, but these buds give little warning of all the petals that are mysteriously going to appear.
This English rose really could have gone with the pinks as that’s how the flowers eventually end up, but I think it’s ‘Leander’, an older David Austin variety, generally classified as an apricot. I could be wrong!
I got a bumper harvest of pictures of rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ (above) this year – I must have caught it at its peak. If you’re as intrigued by the warm colouring as I am, you might enjoy browsing through the gallery of pictures of Lady Emma Hamilton I shared earlier this summer.
Finally I’ll sign off with a bow from an old favourite of mine: rosa ‘Crown Princess Margareta’. It’s not a classic mugshot, but I like it all the same – it gives a good impression of the fullness of the flowers.
This is number two in a planned series of four colour-themed galleries. If you love yellow roses and missed out on my first post, you’ll find it here.