Tuesday 16 June 2015


Sophy's Rose under the front window such a joy to see from inside and in the garden.

Sophy's Rose has a delightful fragrance.

Jayne Austin by the front wall flowers profusely and frequently passers by stop to enjoy the scent.

Pity the Internet doesn't have a scent button.

Charles Renee Mackintosh

Rather crushed by the Viburnum which needs pruning back although the Pink looks lovely against the purple of the Viburnum.

Winchester Cathedral which hasn't been in many years and lacks light as it is near the Laburnum tree.

Rambler Goldfinch on the fence just outside the back door.

Veilchenblau Rambler such an unusual and interesting purple and white rose. In the foreground Carpenteria Californica shrub.

This was a present and I seem to have lost the name.

New Dawn climber a cutting from one in the front garden that may have been from David Austin roses.

Rosa Gallica Officinalis suckers from my Dad's garden

Sir Edward Elgar was a David Austin buy but is no longer on their website.

On the left tripod Cornelia Rose from a cutting on the right Francine Austin
In the background Francis E Lester

Francine Austin grown up a tripod.


Mayor of Casterbridge bought through David Austin roses but no longer in their catalogue but such a prolific rose in growth and flower.

Noble Anthony http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/english/showrose.asp?showr=3345

Francis E Lester http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/english/showrose.asp?showr=366

A closer look at Francis E Lester

Charles de Mills from a sucker from my Dad's rose.

Sweet Juliet http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/english/showrose.asp?showr=1098

Sweet Juliet grows strongly and flowers profusely.

Crocus Rose  which has the most delightful reddish stems in early seasons growth looking very attractive as are the lovely perfumed flowers.

Rosa Mundi another sucker from my Dad's garden.

Falstaff http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/english/showrose.asp?showr=3629

Cottage Rose one of my favourites although it took some years to find the right position for it.

A view up the garden with Cottage Rose in the foreground. The Box encloses the vegetable beds as well as providing a Box box at each end giving me an opportunity to grow a rose in each one 20 in total.

Rambling Rector a prolific grower and flowerer which needs more room than the trellis I grow it on but nevertheless gives lots of enjoyment.

Another view across the vegetable area although at this time of year it is more of a rose garden. Most of my roses are grown in this section of the garden. Amusing to think that gardeners used to try and persuade people to grow vegetables in their flower borders. I prefer to grow roses and other flowers in my vegetable beds. The borrowed landscape of the trees not only provides a good view and shelter from winds but also means our garden has a large number of birds and butterflies some of which are encouraged by the proximity of the copse.

Aviateur Bleriot is a delightful Rambler. Another David Austin rose which is no longer on their list.

Most of the 15 Ramblers in the garden and many of the 40+ shrub roses were bought through David Austin Roses, mostly over 30 years ago.

As you can see I have a lot to thank David Austin roses for and love looking through their catalogue and making a beeline for their stand at any of the flower shows, but nothing can beat the joy of growing roses in your own garden and walking through them every day especially in June enjoying their delicious perfume. I think maybe only 4 don't have a perfume such a shame blogger can't share that smell.


  1. Wow, what a beautiful selection of roses growing in your gardens. It must be a real joy to walk among them.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

    1. Thank you Flower Lady yes indeed I am not sure which is the most enjoyable the sight or the perfume.

  2. What a fabulous sight. The smell must be amazing. Haven't got the space to grow many roses but I do have what I think is New Dawn which was in the garden when we moved in. It's just got it's first two flowers on for this year, another week or so and it might begin to look like yours! Wish I lived nearer, I'd be asking for a garden tour.

    1. Hi Jas just shows what you can do if you get longer treatment for Lyme Disease - I was one of the lucky ones who responded well to long term antibiotics so my joy in my gardening is twofold the joy of gardening and the joy of improved health.

  3. My goodness, what a glorious collection. Some beauties. Looks a bit warmer where you are though! Louise

    1. Thank you for your comment Louise - no doubt your enjoyment will be just as good and last later than here in my garden.

  4. I am slowly adding roses to my garden. I love the heady smell when I walk outside first thing in the morning.

    1. Hi Gary yes always room for one more rose the garden at present is full of perfume and last thing in the evening when I let the dog out, it is even more wonderful.

  5. Fantastic collection of roses....WAUW!
    Check also my small potagerie

  6. Thanks for the stroll through your garden, brings back many happy memories.

  7. whether I dreaming? And maybe I'm in paradise?

  8. what an awesome roses!! so beautiful!

  9. what an awesom roses!! so beautiful !

  10. Absolutely stunning roses. I adore the pink one. Have you ever tried propagating them?

    1. Hi Ashika Thank you I am pleased you enjoyed the roses. I have propagated all my 15 + ramblers and split a number of shrub roses.