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. I’m with Dawn. They are so wonderful that I couldn’t begin to guess. In fact, I’m not even sure which one is my favorite. I’ve gone through the pictures several times and after deliberating, I am choosing the second to the last. The pink with the white is so pretty, I love the bokeh affect.

    1. I like that one. It’s the one above it that seems popular. I quite like the way that nobody has chosen it here! It might just have a better social media presence. 😉

  2. My opinions are as prolific as the roses! Goodness, what beauties (the roses, not my opinions)! That photo of ‘Mary Rose,’ has such personality; I see those buds way back there standing on tiptoe to get into the picture! Your words “soulful” and “languid” are perfect descriptors for those blooms that appear to be thinking deep thoughts. I don’t know which of these qualifies as the most favorite, but my favorite is ‘Wildeve.’ Of course, all the buds had me reaching for the smelling salts.

    1. Wildeve is one of my favourites to photograph and I do like that picture. I have several versions of those blooms – it was quite a struggle to leave them! The one people most often write to me about it Spirit of Freedom.

  3. What wonderful roses, I can smell them from here – you can’t beat David Austin!
    I tried guessing which was your most popular photo, but thought it must be each one as I scrolled down!!

  4. Oh my gosh…pink roses are my favorites and all these pictures are amazing. If I could only pick two….they would be James Galway and Young Lycidas….I guess. All so gorgeous though. Thank You for these pics!

    1. My pleasure! I think my favourite picture among these is probably the William Morris, even though the flowers are not quite the way it normally looks. There can be so much variety even on a single plant if you look closely. I added in quite a few favourites to try to make the choosing hard!

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