Roses are the most graceful flowers

Pergola of Rambling Roses

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.

Rosa 'Kew Gardens'

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.

Shell Pink Roses

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).

Rosa 'Cécile Brünner' | The sweetheart rose

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.

Rosa 'Adélaïde d'Orléans'

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.

Shared for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful. I’ve chosen shots with plenty of buds to please insightful reader and rosebud lover Oddment.

44 thoughts on “Roses are the most graceful flowers

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Like Eliza that yellow one really stands out being particularly graceful. Lovely collection..

    • susurrus says:

      It’s one of my favourite singles – I can’t believe this is the first picture I’ve posted. It isn’t really a yellow, though it surely looks like it from this. Strangely, the youngest buds are quite apricot.

  2. Heyjude says:

    I was too early for the roses at Kew, but I have been to David Austin a couple of times and have to say your last photo is sublime. I’m now left wondering whether I captured this shot or not!

  3. Oddment says:

    I have died and gone to heaven! Thank you many times! We have had prolonged darkness here, and your photos have lifted me out of it. I did not miss the plethora of buds, of course, and am in a state of unmitigated euphoria.

    • susurrus says:

      I always seem to have a few more rose pictures than I get round to sharing, and they almost all seem to have grace to me, but I disciplined myself not to go wild.

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