I loved these petals with their soft, complimentary colours and mix of light and shade. I took the picture at Farmer’s Branch, Texas a couple of years ago and know that someone is going to ask me which rose it is, which gives me a problem. The form reminds me of Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’, and the colour of Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’, but I believe it’s Rosa ‘Lady Of Shalott’, which was looking so good during our visit that I later persuaded my sweetheart to plant one in his garden.
I’d never seen Rosa ‘Lady Of Shalott’ growing in the US before or since, so am not sure how well this picture represents the way the rose looks in a warmer climate than the UK.
Roses’ forms, colours and scents vary when grown in differing climates, some varieties more than others. Colours tend to soften in strong sunlight while heat intensifies fragrance and helps it linger in the air. In hot, dry climates, I’ve noticed some roses producing smaller flowers, as if they are conserving their energy and deeply cupped shapes opening out to reveal more of their centres.
While I’m on the subject of plant identification, I can’t resist adding in a picture of a peony in the same colour group. Roses and peonies are often mistaken for each other, and I can see why. If you find them difficult to tell apart, you might enjoy this post.
I’m sharing them for Becky’s SquareTops, because these flowers are in tip-top condition.