Six on Saturday 29th June 2019 – Roses

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

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.

Rose ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’

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.

Rose Handel

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.

Rose ‘Lucky’

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.

Rose ‘Blush Noisette’

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.

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 29th June 2019 – Roses”

  1. 36 degrees! That is too much for me. It was mid 20s up here but very humid and that was pretty uncomfortable especially in the greenhouse. Much nicer after a thunderstorm this evening though. What a beautiful collection of roses. ‘Jude the obscure’ looks wonderful and uplifting – quite the opposite of the Hardy novel!

    1. It’s 27 in my living room, meant to be cooler tomorrow. Could do with a thunderstorm but it’s not too humid. I’m glad you like my roses and I know what you mean about the Hardy novel, none of them are particularly uplifting

  2. I really should buy ‘Jude the Obscure’ given my name! Handel is very pretty though. I have just bought two DA roses and one does seem quite floppy. I hope it will strengthen up as it matures – it needs to in order to survive the wind up here!

  3. It took me a long time to really appreciate roses in the garden, but my goodness I certainly do now! Jude the Obscure is not one I have come across apart from in the DA catalogue and it look really pretty with what look like a froth of fairly ‘shallow’ petals

  4. What an amazing place one your ‘Marmite’ rose is, but then I do like Marmite. Interesting to read about your David Austin roses getting stronger. I planted 3 bare root roses at the beginning of this year and they are supposed to be 4ft high and still short and crowded out by the nepeta which I intended as underplanting.

  5. 36? Wow. It was about 29 yesterday here in Wiltshire but it felt like it was hotter. Like you, I stayed in during the afternoon! Much cooler today.
    I have a Blush Noisette’ and it is much paler this year too. Although all my roses have loads of blooms, it doesn’t. Strange Nd it’s usually a lovely little rose. I love your Marmite Rose; then I love marmite too! Do you know what it is?

  6. How nice that there are only two David Austin roses! People talk about David Austin roses as if they are the ‘only’ options! That is what I really dislike about them. Even if they are excellent roses, I do not want them in my garden just because I do not follow fads. I prefer my good old fashioned hybrid tea roses, although I am open to others that are not David Austin roses.

  7. Such a good selection of roses you’ve given us. There’s not a one I don’t really like. I was undecided at first about your marmite rose, but when I really looked at it, I realised how beautiful it is. How are the scents?

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