Old-fashioned Pink Roses With Lots of Petals

Double roses with button eyes
Double rose with a button eye and a ruffled style

There’s something about roses with many petals. For many, these romantic, soulful plants are the archetypal roses, especially if they happen to be pink and to have a good fragrance.

Some of these do and some don’t. What interests me about them is their flower forms, the patterns the petals take, and the way the blooms cluster together. The odd one you may recognise. While they are old-fashioned in style, in the main they are English Roses, bred over the last 50 years or so by David Austin.

Pink roses at Rosemoor garden
Pink roses, possibly Rosa ‘Rosemoor’ looking at the buds

Among these, rather surprisingly, is one of the most popular pictures I have taken, or so it would seem as I often get emails about it. Feel free to guess which one.

Rosa Wildeve
Rosa ‘Wildeve’ has luminous petals
Rosa James Galway
Rosa ‘James Galway’ has rows of petals packed so tightly they crinkle
Rosa Alan Titchmarsh
Rosa ‘Alan Titchmarsh’ syn ‘Huntington Rose’
Alan Titchmarsh rose
Rounded blooms have a soulful appearance
Rosa Mary Rose
Rosa ‘Mary Rose’ is scented
Rosa William Morris
I usually tidy up fallen petals but here they add to the languid allure of Rosa ‘William Morris’
Rosa Spirit of Freedom
Rosa ‘Spirit of Freedom’ has heavy, full, deeply cupped blooms
Pink English shrub rose
Some prefer their roses to face upwards
Rosa Young Lycidas
Am I pushing it a bit to say Rosa ‘Young Lycidas’ is deep pink?

Shared for HeyJude’s Life in Colour Challenge: Pink. I know roses are out of season, but how could I resist?

55 Replies to “Old-fashioned Pink Roses With Lots of Petals”

  1. OOH, so lovely! I’m guessing either the James Galway or the deep pink is the favorite. If you ever get far enough west in the U.S., go to Portland, Oregon, and visit the rose garden there. It is spectacular, even in the frequent Oregon rain.

    1. It’s the Spirit of Freedom one that is most often mentioned. Mind you some of the others have not been shared until now!

  2. Beautiful roses though I prefer the more open type, the rounded ones tend to ball up in the Cornish rain and go mushy. But I love any roses with a scent. A must for me. And please tell me which is the most popular photo, I could not decide!

  3. I can never have enough roses. I have both the James Galway and the William Morris. The Galway climbs over an archway and is so prolific. I can’t wait for it to start blooming again.

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