I don’t need much of an excuse to post pictures of roses, but you’d be hard pressed to persuade me that they are not the most graceful flowers in the world. Hanging bounteously from a pergola at Kew Gardens, face downwards, as if demanding that visitors admire them, they created welcome shade on a sunny day.
My second choice, named for Kew Gardens is an unusual English Rose. The young flowers are distinctly yellow, but they quickly pale to snow white. This shot has a sweeping garland effect, so you’d be excused for thinking the rose is a climber or a rambler. It is actually a shrub rose, producing a succession of single flowers held in graceful sprays. The buds are beautifully scrolled with feathery sepals.
I don’t know the name of the shell pink rose above. It looks ethereal but is tough enough to grow wild in full sun without food and withstand lengthy periods of drought. It’s another cemetery rose (if you love antique roses and missed my recent post about the roses of Greenwood Cemetery, you can find it here).
Nature lover and rosarian Greg Grant gave me this posy of sweetheart roses (Rosa ‘Cécile Brünner’) as a welcome gift when we stopped by to see him. This pretty little rose is famous for its tiny buds.
I could have shared so many pictures for this theme so, to mark my restraint, let’s go wild with my final shot for today which shows an excess of roses, assuming you can have such a thing. This is my version of a famous shot through the archway that leads from the Renaissance Garden to the Lion Garden at David Austin Roses’ head offices in Albrighton, England. The graceful way the white rambling rose (Rosa ‘Adélaïde d’Orléans’) overhangs the brick entryway is a temptation few people with a camera in their hands could refuse.