Wednesday 21 October 2009

Ring-a-ring of roses

A relatively warm winter in Australia means the roses are out early. Yay! Here are some of mine from my farm garden. Perhaps you can smell them?

'Golden Celebration'
The most beautiful golden yellow blooms, deeply cupped & deliciously fragrant. One of my very favourites.
Released by David Austin 1992

Tightly packed double blooms can have 100 petals.
Released by David Austin 1999

Gorgeous creamy ivory, tinged with pink. A 'must-have' rose, beautiful for cutting.
Released by Meilland 1999

'Reine des Violettes'
Beautiful deep pink, very double rose with an amazing damask fragrance.
Released by Mallet-Malet 1860!

A really different rose, beautifully formed buds open to a frilled, stamen-laden bloom. I love this one too!
Released by David Austin 1983

'Pat Austin'
A real show stopper! The most wonderful shade of copper apricot, with a paler yellow reverse. Delicious!
Released by David Austin 1995, named for his wife.

'Double Delight'
An oldie but a goodie. Wonderful for cutting, the most intensely perfumed rose in my garden. I have a mass planting of this rose, either side of a path (see below), so that you can meander through them and ingest the scent - heavenly!
Released by Swim & Ellis 1977

Am I a rose-tragic? You betcha. More soon!
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