Our June garden has seen roses in abundance. Big, blowsy garden roses are my favourite flowers. In fact I have 20 different roses and know virtually all of them by name! I loved creating June’s Posy. I had fun creating coloured MDF backing boards with tester paint pots, wrapping paper and sheet music. (We have some very interesting paint patterns on the grass now!)
Take time to Smell the Roses!
When I saw this rose `Smiles’ by Mattocks I had to buy her as my surname is Smiles! However I wasn’t sure…The label describes the rose as `a novel cheery rose that will make you Smile! A repeat flowering Floribunda with yellow blooms tinged cerise pink. The pink tints are intensified as the weather get sunnier, providing an ever changing display from June to October.’ The thing is I don’t like dark, garish flowers and the buds are a bit garish…
However as June progressed and the blooms began to fade my Smiles rose became a delightful frilly number and lost her garish vibrancy. I like her now!
Smiles Rose is a Floribunda. The word `Floribunda’ means lots of flowers. They were first produced in the 1920s and they can bloom continually throughout Summer into Autumn. The flowers are produced in large clusters on strong, upright stems, rather than as individual blooms like the Hybrid Teas.
Tea Clipper (Ausrover)
Tea Clipper is one of my favourite roses by David Austin Roses. I bought her after getting back from visiting the the tea picking districts of Sri Lanka on honeymoon. As I had peachy apricot flowers in my bouquet and the rose was called Tea Clipper it seemed appropriate. The blooms are a rich apricot colour in an informal rosette shape and nicely quartered. Tea Clipper is a large informal shrub with its flowers dancing on the end of each branch. The fragrance is a mix of Tea, myrrh and citrus.
Shining Light (Cocshimmer)
Shining Light was given an ultimatum last year – `Bloom, or you’ll be hoiked out of the garden!’ I am pleased to say my stern words (or the weather) worked and Shining Light has been blooming magnificently this June! This rose is known as a Patio Rose, a compact Floribunda. Shining Light has blooms in a bright golden, apricot colour and a very light fragrance.
Sutter’s Gold is a Hybrid Tea Rose which was introduced in 1950. The Hybrid Tea rose is the archetypal rose. Pointed buds open to double, high centred flowers with gently unfurling petals. Large, individual flowers are carried on strong stems. The Hybrid Tea is a cross between a Tea Rose and a repeat-flowering Hybrid Perpetual rose. My Grandma Betty had a Sutter’s Gold rose in her garden and her mother Ethel grew this rose in her garden too. My love of roses is obviously inherited! I asked my Uncle to buy me Sutter’s Gold as a gift in memory of my Gran. I have photos of both my Grandma and my Great Grandmother showing off their garden roses. It’s a shame I don’t have a photo of my mum with her roses as I know she had a climbing rose growing over an arch when I was growing up.
Generations of Rose Lovers
Crocus Rose (Ausquest)
Crocus Rose is an English rose bred by David Austin. The English roses are modern Shrub roses with the charm of old-fashioned roses. They are renowned for the beauty of their flowers and their fragrance. Crocus Rose has cupped, rosette-shaped apricot cream flowers which become paler with age. The outer petals reflex as the flower matures. She has a light tea rose scent. Crocus Rose was the star of the show in my Posy this month.
White Star (Harquill)
I bought White Star from the Malvern Show a couple of years ago. White Star is a short climber which is being trained along the trellis. She has semi-double blooms of pure unfading white with a deep golden eye.
Winchester Cathedral (Auscat)
I am aiming to create a peaceful garden at the front of our house with soft pinks, lilacs and whites. I have selected roses specifically with this soft colour palette in mind. Winchester Cathedral is a white English Rose bred by David Austin. She has typical Old Rose rosette formation with a light Old Rose fragrance with a hint of honey and almond. I must admit Winchester Cathedral hasn’t bloomed as freely as some of my other roses this year although David Austin has promised a mass of flowers!
William and Catherine (Ausrapper)
William & Catherine Rose was named to celebrate the Royal Wedding in 2011. This is another creamy white David Austin rose in my front garden. The blooms have the classic shallow cup shape and the very full petalled form of many of the Old Roses. The fragrance is of myrrh. William & Catherine has been blooming very freely this year.
Open Arms (Chewpixel)
Open Arms is one of my favourites. She is a delicate repeat flowering rambler. Ramblers are ideal for unsightly buildings, high walls or scrambling up trees and through hedges. Open Arms has been blooming continually throughout June and looks like she will go on and on flowering through my trellis. She has soft peach buds which open in large clusters of pink blossom with attractive yellow stamens. The flowers remind me of the wild roses you find dotted in the hedgerows.
Strawberry Hill (Ausrimini)
Strawberry Hill also graces my peaceful front garden. She has pure rose-pink cupped rosette flowers which fade to pale pink. The scent is of myrrh with a hint of lemon. The bees seem to like her!
The Generous Gardener (Ausdrawn)
The Generous Gardener has soft pink flowers fading to almost white. The flowers are cup shaped and when fully open expose their stamens. She has a delicate fragrance of Old Rose, Musk and myrrh. I have two of this variety of rose – one is grown as an arching shrub and one as a short climber rambling through other shrubs.
Pretty Pink Rose
When I bought this pretty pink rose a few years ago she was labelled `Peace’. However I am beginning to think the label was wrong as the Peace roses I have seen are classic Hybrid Tea roses with lemon yellow flowers flushed with pink. My rose is pure pink and is a delicate little number! Any suggestions would be welcome as I know most of my roses by name!
Harlow Carr (Aushouse)
Harlow Carr has small, almost minature cupped pink flowers. I grow her as a low growing shrub next to lavender bushes which works well together She has a strong old rose fragrance.
Mum in a Million
I bought this rose simply to remind me of my mum! Most of my roses were bought because of their colour, shape or scent. This one was bought for the name. She is a medium pink Hybrid Tea. She does need to buck her ideas up a bit though as I have only had two blooms so far this year!
I fell in love with the beautiful rich salmon coloured flowers of Boscobel at Chelsea Flower Show last year. As you’ve probably noticed most of my roses are soft delicate pastel peaches and pinks rather than vibrant reds. I know red roses are mean to represent love, but I’d much rather be given creamy yellow or peach roses! I do like the striking colour of Boscobel though!
June’s Mosiac is a celebration of all my beautiful roses. Do let me know which is your favourite!