Rosa ‘Scepter’d Isle’ caught my eye during our visit to Bodnant Garden in Wales this week. The garden opens until 8 o’clock in the evening some Wednesdays during the summer (please check details online before visiting) so we could arrive fashionably late and still enjoy a (very) warm evening stroll.
We had planned to go a week or so earlier – given the choice, I prefer to catch the roses slightly before their peak when they are at their freshest, before the garden has time to need dead-heading. Winds gusting at 35-40mph put paid to that idea. Although the rose garden was a touch further on, it was still looking lovely, with rambling roses in flower on the many pergolas.
I photographed ‘Scepter’d Isle’ a couple of years ago, early in the day when it was covered in dew (click here to see the post). The earlier shot is softer, perhaps more alluring, but I like this one too, for its classic look – it shows the chalice shaped blooms so characteristic of this David Austin variety.