Well in my garden they are mostly pink…! Yes I’m a pink rose kind of gal, but I have to say my most favourite colour rose is that so soft apricot, and of course they have to have a scent, otherwise what is the point?
Well I was out looking at all my beautiful roses and thought that I would share them with you and their stories.
This is the first rose I ever bought for myself. Rosa Cornelia. I had this growing in our last garden and I took cuttings of it many years ago so that I would have some where ever I went. It is the prettiest pale pink when it opens and fades gradually to the slightest blush. It is a fairly large climber, and when it is happy is covered with blooms. So pretty.
This rose was given to me by a very dear friend, Fiona, on one significant birthday. I couldn’t leave it in my last garden, too sentimental, so it lived in a pot for a couple of years and is now blooming her socks off in the well manured border. I think it was called Birthday Girl, but I could be wrong.
I bought this rose one year at Hampton Court Flower show when I went with my very knowledgable gardening friend Lucy. It is a David Austin Rose called Lady Diana (I think) but I have had a look on the David Austin website and they don’t seem to do it anymore, maybe it was a show special. Anyhoo, it has the most gorgeous scent and is perfectly quartered in the middle. The only downside of this one is the heads are so heavy that they tend to bow down.
My mom gave this perfect rose to me as a birthday present last year. (Thank you mama!) A David Austin Rose, called Crown Princess Margareta. The colour is SO pretty. The flower heads are as big as your fist and the stems are strong enough to take them. It looks perfect against the cedar on our house. I have it in a pot next to the sliding doors so the classic rose scent can waft in.
The pinkest rose ever! This was a house warming present from our friend Bridget. It was the favourite rose of her late husband, David, and she knew we would love it too. Rose Gertrude Jekyll, named after the very famous British garden designer who was so influential in creating some of the worlds most beautiful gardens. It also has a wonderful scent.
(Sorry for the very long post… I never new I had so many roses!)
My next one is one I bought for myself, after visiting a garden in the New Forest. Paul Noel. Quite a shaggy old rambler rose, pink again.
And finally one that isn’t pink. This is a stunning rambler rose named Veilchenblau. My mom bought this one for my girlie on her 9th birthday, as her favourite colour is purple and this rose is clearly that. It has a rich orange fragrance and is thornless. The flowers are small but come in bunches so the impact is big.
Well I hope you enjoyed my roses as much as I do. (Let’s hope the deer don’t eat them!)