They call June the month of roses and this certainly seems to be the case looking around the UK gardening blogs. I like to see my garden as a cottage style garden but have realised that in order to really embrae this style I should have far more roses. Its not that I dont like roses I do but I suppose that I have been distracted in the last couple of years with filling the borders with perennials. However I have managed to squeeze in 3 roses plus the 3 I inherited with the garden.
One of my acquisitions is the rose above. Typically with me I cant remember its name but I know it has something to do with our Queen as it was bought through a special offer in one of the national papers during her Golden Jubilee. The photo makes it look gorgeous but it is a sickly plant plagued with blackspot and only managing 3 or 4 flowers a year. The plant is straggly as well. I have pruned, fed and fertilised but to no avail. Each year I say thats it you are out but then I forget and I get suckered in with the few flowers.
I do know what the one above is called – Chinatown. Its everything the other one isnt. Healthly, seems to avoid blackspot and has more and more flowers each year. The scent is delious as well.
The other rose in bloom at the moment is one I inherited with the garden (below)- name unknown. Its OK health wise and has a nice scent. I think if I wanted to remove it I would have to be very determined as it is planted in one of those awkward positions where a pickaxe might be needed to extracate it.
I have seen a number of lovely roses arches recently and so I am really beginning to think that now I have sorted out the layout of the garden may be it is time to put in some pergolas or arches (whatever you want to call them) for roses and clematis to grow up. Maybe a chat with my carpenter son would be a good step forward!
The other roses arent out in flower yet but I’m sure they will get their photos on here in the next week or so.
For more rose photos visit Gardening Gone Wild who have roses as the theme for their photo competition this month