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 


Comments

  1. Macrantha raubritter is a new one on me and I'm very taken with it. It sounds like it has a useful habit. Your long border is looking great!

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    1. Thanks. I think the Raubritter is great and I wonder if some of the ones sold as 'ground cover roses' would behave in the same way or not.

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  2. Nice choice of roses this week. Some of them are new to me and 'Gentle Hermione' is my favourite. ( with 'Munstead Wood' too...😁)

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    1. I liked the one you had in your Six this week too.

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  3. Well, Ferdinand Pichard is sure something! I haven't seen a rose like that before. My mother grew roses, but nothing quite as flashy. Roses are a lot of work, so I just have one that came with the house, and two climbers.

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    1. I can't argue with you there - they are a lot of work.

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  4. Beautiful roses. I think I am coming to realise why Cornwall isn't noted for roses - too wet and too windy!

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    1. You seem to be having a bad year weather wise - It's always been nice when I've been there on holiday.

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  5. Your garden is always a pleasure to visit albeit remotely. I’m familiar with most of your roses, mainly because I spend far too much time in winter browsing through catalogues.

    Rosa Macrantha Raubritter is one that I haven’t heard of, and it’s rather beautiful. I love the lupin and rose border with Macrantha Raubritter and Munstead Wood spilling over the wall. Perfect.

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    1. I thought that one would be less well known. It was bred by Kordes and introduced in 1936. It doesn't fall into one of the groups of old or new roses, so perhaps that is why it is overlooked.

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  6. So beautiful! I've got a grand total of one rose growing in my garden at the moment. However, I do quite fancy the David Austin Roald Dahl rose...

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