The Rose Garden - as June ends and July begins

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - by Timothy Fraser

At every turn and glance now, roses are erupting into bloom with many releasing their full-bodied, inebriating scents which swell in this relatively enclosed garden room to fill the air – as Vita Sackville-West once exclaimed, “One is drunk on roses!”

An Old pink Moss rose

The voluptuous, indulgent purples, mauves and deep reds are subtly counterbalanced by the delicate pinks and the occasional white. At this time in the Rose Garden, we are not only presented with a medley of shades and a potpourri of distinctive perfumes, but we are exposed to a smorgasbord of flower type – simple singles to large, heavy doubles.

Rosa gallica Charles de Mills

Centrifolis Fantin Latour – named after the famous French artist

Old moss rose ‘Nuits de young’ and the Bourbon climber zephirine drouhin, out of focus climbing the wall


Moss rose 'nuits de young' happily in the company of geranium endressii

English Rose Munstead Wood, named after the home and garden of Gertrude Jekyll

English Rose Gertrude Jekyll – named in honour of the artist and gardener, Gertrude Jekyll


Mossy detail on old moss rose


Old Bourbon rose 'Louis Odier'


Hybrid perpetual 'Ferdinand Pichard' - one of the youngest hybrid perpetuals introduced around 1921

Rosa canina ‘Dog rose’

Hybrid musk ‘Ballerina’

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