Sunday, 21 June 2009

Photo Contest for June - Roses

Jayne Austin rose (English Musk) is a sturdy large David Austin English rose. I have it growing against a low flint wall in the front garden and it's profusion of large blooms and beautiful perfume are much admired by passers by who often bury their noses in it's flowers and walk on with a smile on their faces. It is meant to be 3.5ft in height but I prune each year down to about 3ft and up it grows at least another couple of feet full of blooms.

Sir Edward Elgar David Austin English rose (Old Rose Hybrid). This was bought influenced by it's name. Elgar's cello concerto inspired my daughter Rachel to take up playing the cello at aged 8 and now grown up she teaches and plays the cello and has given us much delight over the many years listening to her music. This rose is about 3.5 ft as described by David Austin. The perfume is a dark musk 'flavour'.

The last rose is Mayor of Casterbridge (Old Rose Hybrid) it flowers profusely with wonderful old rose fragrance. It is again a David Austin English rose and grows for me about 5ft although again it is pruned to about 3ft each autumn.
I have posted this to enter Gardening gone wild contest.
I am not sure if I have in fact done this within the time frame but I have enjoyed having a go and as I have only just come across it tonight thought I'd try.
I have particularly enjoyed reading the suggestions for photography of roses which I found very helpful. I am new to blogging, naive at IT and still figuring out my digital camera.
I am on a steep learning curve and am finding the more I blog and photograph the more pleasure I have with my garden. I am learning so much from the shared experience of so many blogging friends.
Apologise to anyone who may have seen these roses on earlier posts. David Austin roses are not the only roses I grow see earlier posts through What more Roses or More Roses and Vegetables or Vegetables and Roses or Heaven Scent