Its far too hot to spend time in the garden today, the patio thermometer is showing 36C although it is fair to say that is probably a little exaggerated as the thermometer is on the house wall and sitting in the sun – but its hot!
However, I did spend a very pleasant hour or so last night weeding made all the better by the new fence my neighbours have put up but more of that another day. Hopefully, I might be able to do some pottering this evening or tomorrow. In the meantime, I thought I would showcase my favourite roses.
I grow fonder and fonder of roses. Its something about the tissue like quality of the flowers, the scent, the old fashioned nature they bring to my garden. The first two on the post are David Austin roses which are now doing very well. When I first got them they had habit of not supporting their flower heads which can be a little OTT at times but I think that as the plants have matures and established the stems are stronger.
I can’t remember where I got this rose from; I have had it for years. Its flowers start off with strong colouration around the petal edges which slowly fade. It has added value as it is one of those roses which has multiple flowers per stem, unlike the two David Austin roses.
If you want lots of flowers then Lucky really delivers. It flowers for weeks on end especially if I remember to do a bit of dead-heading. Again a rose I have had for some time; it may have come from Peter Beales as thats where I bought a number of roses a couple of years ago.
Blush Noisette is a small climber which grows in a pot on my patio climbing up trellis. Another generous rose but looking a little pale this year compared to previous years, not a lot of Blush.
Finally my Marmite rose which was in the garden when we arrived. It has persisted for years crowded in under various shrubs especially from my neighbours garden. But due to the neighbours undertaking some heavy pruning the rose suddenly has loads of light and is flowering like mad. It is one of those flowers that I think you either love or hate – I love it as its just so different.
So six roses for a hot summers day. For more Six on Saturday posts pop over to The Propagators Blog and check out the links in the comments box.