More English Roses, Anyone?

Pale pink rose with many petals

Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’ is a fragrant climbing rose

Roses with rounded blooms packed with many petals

‘Wollerton Old Hall’ roses tumble in a scented garden

Pink, yellow and apricot roses

Shrub and climbing roses surround ‘The Pilgrim’ on an obelisk

Pink roses with poppies and geraniums

‘Harlow Carr’ roses with geraniums and poppies in mum’s garden

A folly behind a garden of roses and perennials

Roses and perennials on the lower terrace at Bodnant Garden

Pink roses

Rosa ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ has huge flowers on sturdy stems

A creamy white rose with several buds

Rosa ‘Tranquility’, a creamy-white rose with pretty sepals

These are English roses (except in the picture from Bodnant Gardens, other shrub roses, including old roses are mixed in). Completely out of season in gardening terms, but I felt we could all do with something to lift our spirits.

Dedicated to all who suffer when extremists try to impose their warped world view on the rest of us. 

Check out my earlier posts on roses

54 thoughts on “More English Roses, Anyone?

  1. Vicki says:

    What a beautiful way to inspire and uplift. The images are stunning.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely series, Susan 🙂

    (I think the whole world is in shock and needs something else to view and think about other than senseless death and hate around us).

    • susurrus says:

      I was looking to write a post that would convey what I feel, decided it was impossible and wrote this one instead, turning to the roses to uplift and comfort, as strangely they do, intending to keep it as a draft. It was only after I’d written it, I decided it might in a small way comfort others too.

  2. Oddment says:

    You are so right! These roses are precisely what is needed! I was transported and feeling so grateful for the lift, and then I hit “Tranquility” with those exquisite buds, and “uplifted” doesn’t begin to say what I felt. In the face of so much ugliness, it is almost impossible to think of beauty, and we desperately need to be reminded of it. Thank you! And thanks to your mother too! My mother would have loved your mother’s garden!

  3. Ingeborg van Zuiden says:

    1000 times beautiful! I just love all English roses. Your photos are gorgeous! I have The Pilgrim and Summer Song in my garden as well. Summer Song is my most favorite one. The colours go from orange to victorian pinkish. So so beautiful! We can’t get enough of roses, can’t we?! Let the season begin 😀

      • Ingeborg van Zuiden says:

        I agree so much! I have that one in my garden as well and it’s such a strong one. Also my favorite, and so many more, sigh……. !

    • susurrus says:

      I’m very fond of ‘The Generous Gardener’ myself. If anyone is ever tempted to buy a rose because of the name and have room for a short climber, that’s as good as any.

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