Even More Pink Roses

Rosa 'Olivia Rose Austin'
Rosa ‘Olivia Rose Austin’

The Friendly Friday prompt is The Colour Pink. If you come here often, you’ll know I never need much of an excuse to bring out the roses. So here goes!

Pink roses with lychnis coronaria
Pink roses with lychnis coronaria

I don’t grow roses (or at least not many – my repeat flowering rambler Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’ is flowering earlier than ever this year, to be rewarded with a bout of hailstones earlier today) but I do like to photograph and share them. Virtually, that is, across the miles.

Shrub rose in a garden
Shrub rose at Rosemoor Garden – possibly ‘Ballerina’ or ‘Rosy Cushion’

Roses are generous plants and, like many flowers, they have the power to comfort. I’m not saying they’re equal to the times, because of course they are not, but they are a small gesture.

Rosa 'Rosemoor'
Rosa ‘Rosemoor’

R. ‘Rosemoor’ is not your typical English Rose. It’s big and on the wild side, for all its prettiness – a rose with a natural style of beauty, we might say. I don’t think I’ve posted pictures of it before. My favourite bit is the characteristic buds. They are creamy green with smudges of pink, and open to double flowers that are neither large nor neat – more like floral powder puffs.

Rosa 'Boscobel' pink English rose with many petals
Rosa ‘Boscobel’

Boscobel is another old friend that I always enjoy seeing (and smelling).

Bouquet of pink roses still on the branch
Bouquet on a branch

I’m aware that not everyone likes double flowers so, for the purist, I’m offering an array from bud to bright young thing to faded beauty: a bouquet on a branch.

Pink rambling rose (Rosa 'Debutante')
Rambling rose Rosa ‘Debutante’

I’m leaving you with a rambling rose and a climber. Like most ramblers, R. Debutante’ is once flowering and it’s only lightly scented. Smaller than they appear here, the blooms are sweet doubles that swing on long, slender stems.

Rosa 'St Swithun' has pale pink rosette shaped flowers
Rosa ‘St Swithun’

In contrast, mannerly climbing rose R. ‘St Swithun’ does repeat, has massive rosette shaped blooms and a classic myrrh fragrance that, mysteriously, some people can’t smell. I’m always amazed that such large rosettes can spring from such tiny buds, but I suppose we all have to start somewhere!

If you’re in the mood for a virtual rose garden check out some of my earlier pink rose galleries here and here.

Shared for Friendly Friday: The Colour Pink.

37 Replies to “Even More Pink Roses”

  1. Love these pink roses, especially intriguing is ‘Rosamoor’. I don’t think I’ve ever seen white outer petals with a pink centre as shown in your photo.

    ‘Boscobel’ is another pretty shape and petal structure.

    I love roses that smell like a ‘real’ rose. So many hybrids out there that are grown for the florist shop for their colour and shape and don’t have even the remotest hint of perfume these days.

    1. You have instinctively picked out the more fragrant ones, although St Swithun is pretty fragrant too. I was struck by the sweet scent of wild clover yesterday on my walk.

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