Saturday, 30 May 2009


I returned from another week away visiting Dad and walked down the garden.

My idea of Heaven! A garden full of roses and the wonderful perfume that can be so intoxicating. Oh what joy!

Goldfinch is a lovely rambler.

This is a climber that was in the garden when we moved here. I never found out it's name. It flowers abundantly throughout the summer even during dry spells when the leaves all fall it continues to flower. It is my only rose without perfume but is forgiven because of it's splendid show. It is no good as a cut flower as it looses it's petals within a day. Any suggestions on it's name?

This little gem is Aviateur Bleriot another rambler. It grows on the arch Mike rebuilt over the middle steps. The perfume is delightful especially standing on the steps surrounded with roses.

I am so pleased Francis sorted me out a bit with my photography. I love these sort of shots with the oh so blue sky.

Cornelia is a lovely rose and I grew it in a wigwam. It was sold as Felicia and Dad and I have had many a discussion but agree it is definitely not Felecia whose flowers are much bigger. This is in fact a cutting but more vigorous than it's parent probably due to it's more open position.

Cecile Brunner what a little gem! Again one of several cuttings I took from Christina's rose and it took some time to identify it. Such beautiful baby pink buds and perfume.

This is Cottage Rose once again I have successfully taken a cutting.

Mayor of Casterbridge is a lovely vigorous rose repeat flowering and lovely big full heads.

This is Sweet Juliet which in fact opened later in the day.

Francis E Lester rather attractive with it's single petals and making a nice change from my other ramblers. It also has attractive hips in the autumn.
I really need to get some more tips from Francis on how to get better shots of the garden bringing the detail out. I realise the light was not the best for this shot.


  1. Hi, I had that "one day rose" at my other house,as well. It came with the house, so I had no idea what it was either. hmmm

  2. Your roses are all beautiful-I can imagine your joy in returning home to the beauty and fragrance of all your roses.

  3. They're all beautiful! I wish I had room for more roses. I'm waiting for mine to start blooming, several are very close. How fun that you and your Dad can discuss roses like that, it must be nice having gardening in common!
    Do you have any roses that do okay in part shade? That's really all the space I have left. I would love a new pink one.

  4. Thank you for the lovely stroll through your garden. I can almost smell the roses from here (only 6,000 miles away!!)

  5. Oh, Joanne, it's a serious rose garden you have there! I like the the Sweet Juliet especially, but they all are gorgeous!

  6. What a beautiful selection of roses and I love the way your garden looks.

  7. I love your roses - I really must get some more especially as I like to think I have a cottage garden. I liked the rambler in your first photo - am I right in thinking it isnt growing up anything?

  8. Welcome back Joanne, hope the news was good.

    Heaven sent as well as scent.
    I don't think we have a single rose in common. With thousands to choose from, that is hardly surprising.

  9. Your roses are absolutely beautiful. I just wish I could smell them too.

  10. Thanks for all your lovely comments.
    Catherine I took a cutting from New Dawn and it grows on a north facing wall and still manages to flower although a little less robust than it's parent which get's more sun. I don't think New Dawn likes a lot of heat and sun. Most ramblers, climbers tend to only flower once. Although Cornelia can be grown as a short climber and it flowers all summer.

    Hermes Thanks I can happily enjoy the roses and clematis as well as other plants and pretend the weeds are not realy there.

    Patient Gardener The first rambler Greenfinch grows up a picket fence amongst winter jasmin and clematis.

    Hi Joco Dad seems to have had a mini stroke but did improve as the week went by. At 88 he has always been very active and able to do his lovely garden but I think my brother will be giving him a hand.
    Well I daresay we could rectify our lack of coordination in the roses department. I must come and look through your cupboards and see if there is another rose I could squeeze in somewhere.

    Welcome to those of you posting here for the first time.

    I am very remiss in visiting other blogs at present so much to catch up on in the garden and Saturday night when I tried to catch up the sytem was slow.

    I have also been a bit distracted with my Lyme awareness.

    I had the best possible news, a little boy Lewis whose blog I had been following after reading about him in the Daily Mail has at last been tested positive for Lyme and will now be treated on long term antibiotics.

    I expect you all get sick of the sound of Lyme on my blog but it realy is unbelievable what is going on or not as the case may be. The biggest medical cock up ever.

    This little boy was bitten whilst holidaying in the South of France and then became progressively ill so that he is completely unable to use arms or legs cannot hold up his head and has to be tube fed. Also many other symptoms. He has seen World reknown Neurologists and had every test imaginable but because of the problems over Lyme Tests, Lyme was dismissed.

    You can read his story through a link on the right. Lewis Jeynes.

  11. Beautiful roses!

    I love your garden and it's abundance. I really do believe that a garden is a wonderful place to express your personality.

    I can never quite get over just how many boring gardens you see, but yours is most definitely not one of those!

  12. Hi Jane
    Nice you posted a comment on my A fight for Survival about Elizabeth's story.

    Thanks also for your nice comments above. I am looking forward to the pictures of your garden and if we ever get to meet up I have my eye on replacements for the plants that went astray.

  13. How lovely to come home to such beauty and perfume Joanne - must have cheered you up. I am sorry to hear that your Dad has been unwell - my Dad is in his eighties too and has been up and down health wise for a couple of years. He still gains great pleasure from his garden :)

  14. I love taking a stroll in your cottage garden- it is exactly what I hope to have someday. I'm totally clueless when it comes to roses and purchased what I thought we old fashioned rambling roses- they were not what I wanted or expected. I do see the ones I wanted in your garden, however, looks like your the person I need to chat up about this when I'm ready to try again!

  15. Anna Thanks for your kind message

    Tessa Have a browse through David Austen Roses. I tend to prefer the Ramblers which are more suited to my garden as they tend to have longer more flexable growth as opposed to the climbers which tend to be more rigid and erect. I do have Albertine and New Dawn on the front and back of the house which are climbers and are lovely.
    David Austen English roses are also a favourite for their old rose appearance, perfume and repeat flowering.
    I get the catalogue every year and spend many happy hours browsing through it. In fact it is a useful reference when writing my blog. I don't like to see labels in the garden but I do keep a rough plan of the names and situation of my roses and clematis. As well as a box full of labels in my seed drawer.