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.

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Check out my earlier posts on roses

54 Replies to “More English Roses, Anyone?”

  1. Have just finished pruning mine. Can’t wait for the first blossom and first scent of the roses.

    1. I used to look for perfection of form, but I’ve fought my instincts so I’m less finicky. There is just one bloom here that still troubles me – I have the urge to add a few extra petals on to it.

  2. Gorgeous roses Susan, as usual. I wonder if ‘Princess Alexandra’ is sturdy enough for my windy garden? Although really I ought to buy ‘A Shropshire Lad’.

    1. My only question would be whether you are very near the coast, thinking of some of your posts. PAOK is a good sturdy plant and not too fussy, but if you need roses to suit coastal conditions, it would be wise to ask for advice direct from the company.

      1. I have noted a few DA English shrub roses that are suitable for containers AND shade AND coastal conditions so I will try a couple of those I think. Gertrude Jekyll seems to be OK in a sunnier location.

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