Because I am a Rose Geek and a bit of an anorak, I have listed all the roses in the garden and a little information about each. I have listed them in the order that you would come upon them in the garden, but, to be truly geeky, I should probably have listed them in their categories, like 'Patio' and 'climber'.
The rose at the top of this post is a Gallica, 'Charles De Mills', good scent but not a repeat flowerer, so you have to make the most of its fleeting beauty. It is currently struggling to hold its head up, due to the heavy ran we have had. I fear it will be an even briefer show than usual, this year.
'Bonica' is not quite in flower, but won't be long. It is a modern shrub rose, which performs very reliably and is extremely healthy. It repeats well right into autumn.
Another which will be in full flower very soon. I think this is the modern shrub rose 'Buff Beauty', another healthy, reliable, repeat flowerer. I lost the label years ago, so am never 100% sure that it really is 'Buff Beauty'.
'Cinderella' is a vigorous climber with glossy leaves. It flowers prolifically right through from May to autumn. The books say it is only 2-3m tall, but mine clearly hasn't read the books, as it is 3m already and showing no signs of slowing down.
'White Cloud' a lovely pure white repeat flowering climber. Often the first rose in the year to bloom, and the last to finish . Fantastic in the twilight as it just glows.
'Rosa Mundi', one of the oldest roses, with a fascinating history dating back to the 1600's. It has not bloomed yet, but it won't be long!
The David Austin English rose 'Abraham Derby'. This one was very slow to get going, but is turning into a lovely rose now.
A most unusual and lovely rose - 'Alissar Princess of Phonaecia'. The single flowers are rimmed with vibrant pink, and the centre is a darkening splodge of raspberry. It is classed as a shrub rose, and seems to be a repeater, as it hasn't stopped flowering since May.
This is 'Pink Abundance' which flowers its socks off all season, and seems very resistant to black spot and fungal infections. It is classed as a Floribunda.
The first of the Patio roses, 'High Sheriff' is a very pale yellow. This is my first season of growing Patio roses, and I planted about ten bare root plants in early spring. I am interested to see how well they perform.
I have about a hundred of these miniature roses 'Garden Party' which I am using as edging for borders and to underplant larger roses. I grew some from seed this year, and , from an early sowing, they have been flowering for about three weeks now. I bought some as plug plants last year, and they grew quickly and flowered well. I am not totally convinced though as they are prone to fungal infections and look a bit leggy somehow.
Another David Austin English rose - 'Charlotte', a pale yellow with pin tinged buds. I have found that it is prone to fungus, and isn't as robustly healthy as most of the other DA's. Still gorgeous though, it has a slightly 'uncombed' look to it, a touch of shagginess !
'This Sceptr'd Isle', a DA English rose, in shell pink. Apologies for poor photo!
'Teasing Georgia', DA English rose, seems paler in my garden than in the many photos I have seen, but I do like the delicate pale yellow of the petals.
'The Countryman' is quite a rich pink in colour. It is another DA English rose, and they are all renowned for being disease resistant and healthy.
I bought this as a patio rose, 'Caribbean Dawn', but it is much more vigorous than would expect of a patio rose. It is only supposed to grow up to 60cm in height, and mine is there now after less than one season in the ground. Hey ho ! I am happy whatever !
'Winchester Cathedral' yet another DA English rose.
'Shropshire Lad' - DA English rose
'Aloha' is a most unusually coloured climber and looks well next to the delphiniums. There is a clematis 'Nelly Moser', growing through it too.
'Antique' is another climber which I bought because it was a bargain. Not quite sure yet if I like it or not ...
'The Shepherdess' is one of my favourite DA English roses. It is the softest pink imaginable.
'Munstead Wood' is a dark, dark red DA English rose and has just won an award in the USA for its scent, which is fantastic.
'Reine des Violettes' is an Old rose, a 'Hybrid Perpetual', bred in 1860. This is its first season with me, so I don't know how it will fair. I have read that it requires good cultivation to give of its best, so it is probably not the easiest rose to grow.
'St Swithins' was bought in memory of my dear mum, whose birthday was on St Swithin's day. A very special rose to me. It is another DA English rose.
'Wisley' - DA English rose
The last remaining flower of this single red rose, which is unknown.
'Lady Diana' was a gift from my aunt and is a climber. It took years to establish but has suddenly got into top gear this year.
Shrub rose 'Marjory'
'Rosa Rugosa Glauca' - no garden should be without it, fantastic foliage all season, with fleeting pink single flowers
A new climber to me, 'Jasmina', which was another bargain. The jury is out as it has not yet bloomed this season, but is full of buds.
I can't wait for the Old rose 'Mme Isaac Perriere', a Bourbon, to flower for the very first time in my garden.
'Geoff Hamilton' - DA English rose
'Gentle Hermione' DA English rose
'Wollerton Old Hall' is my favourite rose of all. It is a DA English rose and it looks like a waterlily. The colour is so subtle and the perfume wonderful. It is extremely vigorous.
'Jude the Obscure' - well loved DA English rose
'Paul's Scarlet' - climber
'New Dawn' - 25 year old climber
'Teenage Spirit' - Patio rose
'Tuscany Superb' - David Austin climber
'William and Catherine' is a fairly new introduction to the David Austin catalogue , and has a somewhat stiffer habit than some of the more lax roses. It holds its flowers up all the time.
'Veichenblau', an unusual single climber, is just coming to the end of its flowering period, which has been disappointingly brief to say the least. I don't think it has enjoyed the heavy rain we have had.
The rain has affected many of the roses and some flowers have been lost or spoiled. However, the sun has made a brief appearance today so maybe that is a good omen!
Blogger's Bloom day, hosted over at 'May Dreams Gardens' is a great way to see what is flowering right now, around the globe. There are some fantastic blogs to catch up with !