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. It didn’t last too long, but it was surprisingly fierce. I wondered about running out and gathering up some little basil seedlings but decided against it, so they had to take their chance.

        1. I have some seedlings left in the original pot on the window sill. They are doing better than the ones I tended and put outside.

  1. All beautiful, but my favorites are the singles. Remind me of the ones that grow wild by the Maine coast. Their sweet scent combines with the salt air to produce a small like no other. And, small gestures mean a lot.

    1. Thanks, Laurie. I’d love to smell the sea salt and the roses. I like the smell of sea air as much as any, except potatoes in their jackets with cheese. 🙂

  2. Of course I had to visit the older posts, and I feel as though the world has stopped for a few minutes. Thank you. It may be true that a rose is not equal to the time, but you are right that roses are comforting, and for me the buds even more so. There was a splendid assortment of buds in all three posts. Buds rule!

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