SOME FAVOURITE ROSES
It's been a bit of mixed week. On the plus side the rain has obviously been good for the garden, but it's been unseasonably cool. The roses are coming out, but their soggy flowers are drooping a little forlornly and there is no warmth to dispel their perfumes.
Rather like the Roses I'm feeling a little droopy too, perhaps it's the dreary weather or perhaps it's having been at home for so long.
So to cheer us all up here are some lovely roses to enjoy. Some you are no doubt familiar with, others maybe less so.
1. Rosa Munstead Wood
This Rose is understandably popular for its gorgeous colour and ruffled many petalled blooms. A few Six on Saturday regulars have included this rose in their posts. It blends well with warm and cool pinks which makes it easy to place in the garden.
2. Rosa Macrantha Raubritter
This is a low growing rose which will grow down a bank. I've used it to trail over the low retaining wall. It has such perfect, but quite small, cup shaped rose pink blooms. It was used at Mottisfont Rose Garden to grow around the central pool, which is where I came across it.
3. Rosa Ferdinand Pichard
Do you want a rose that reminds you of blackcurrant ripple ice cream? Indeed, who wouldn't? Ferdinand Pichard has flowers in pale pink stripped with crimson and purple, shaped like little round scoops of ice cream. It has a good fragrance too with hints of lemon mixed with classic rose. Ferdinand is a Hybrid Perpetual rose bred in 1910. It can be pruned to a 1.2m high bush, but it also likes to go a little taller with some support, as it is here where it is covering the lower reaches of a rose arbour.
4. Rosa Scepter'd Isle
This is another David Austin rose that you may be familiar with. It's the cup shaped blooms that I always fall for. I love the pale pink against the dark green foliage that has a slight blue undertone.
5. Rosa Gentle Hermione
This is a larger David Austin shrub that should make a plant about 4ft by 4.5ft. I've planted a group of three and I hope they will make a generous clump in the centre of the border, although they are rather lanky at the moment. Pretty pale pink shallow cup shaped flowers.
6 Along the Long Border
I think that's enough roses for one week, so I'll finish with a view down the long border. I finished putting in the Dahlias and Cannas, so most of the gaps are filling up nicely. I just have to sit back and wait for it to do its thing.
That's all for this weeks look round the garden. There will be more roses next week (and probably for the week after that too). In the meantime, take a look at other Six on Saturdays on