A very popular rose for the show bench, not that I take part in showing roses. I
do belong to the local Rose Society though...
The Dark Lady
One of my favourite Austin roses... large blooms and plenty of them on
a nicely rounded shrub rose of average height. Most of my Austins are
in flower right now... though a couple of rather hot days may affect them.
A very old rose with a fragrance.. quite a large bloom for an oldie
only blooming in our spring on quite a tall grower. Hardly any thorns
and very healthy, very easy to grow. Mine is in a corner with other
oldies, some of which flower again, but not this one. It dates from
pre-1832 and has a couple of other names, like 'Pompon des Princes' and
'Rose d'Isfahan' Always love watching out for this one to bloom, quite special.
Little Scots rose - Irish Rich Marbled.
This little rosebush only flowers in spring, and is putting on a nice
display right now.
A very popular rose in Australia. I planted this rose in
memory of a favourite Uncle Joe, and when his wife Auntie Bet died too, I
planted a Bettina alongside him.
An Australian bred rose by the creator of "Lorraine Lee" Alister Clark.
A small climber that covers the canes with these blooms at this time
of the year. Cicely herself was an outstanding golfer of the day, she also
loved cars and was one of the first people to drive the full length of
Victoria's Great Ocean Road, at that time being no more than a dirt track.
Eyes For You
With quite a few travellers on board... the ladybirds are trying their best and have
cleaned up most of the rose garden, but missed this bush so far. A fairly new
rose in the garden only its 2nd season living here. Plenty of flowers on a rather'low growing very leafy bush.
I am pleased to report that after a couple of rough days of strong winds and rain that
this little bush rose is clean again - aphid either drowned or got blown away!
I will most probably photograph the rose again later on in the season.
Vol De Nuit
A very tall robust bush rose, I don't get the opportunity to take many photos of
this rose because they are usually out of my reach; but since recently been pruned
there happened to be a bloom low enough for me to get a shot.
A large bloom and very fragrant.
This rose always seems to begin the season with more pink than its meant to have.
We did have 2 bushes of this one, but lost the other one quite a while ago. I'm
not sure if this one is still available in the rose nurseries, a pity, it is a
lovely bloom, and the choice of our son when we started planting the rose garden,
it has a special place for us. Quite a large bloom which doesn't really show as
being in this photo.
We will be away for the weekend, catching up with my 97 year old Mum.
One of the earliest roses to bloom this spring, each day there are more opening and
hundreds of buds forming. Very soon the garden will be ablaze with colour.
I am missing the macro lens, have had to resort to a long lens this season.
Glad to see the ladybirds arriving and having a feast on the aphid; give them a
week and the rose buds will be cleaned up.
Laevigata, the Cherokee rose..
One of the first to bloom in Spring - a HUGE climbing rose, covers a large area and only
flowers in the spring, but so welcome! Here is a shot of the first few to open... my 100m lens isn't working.
"Fun Juan Lo"
In the morning sunshine. A rose that is often used as a understock
for grafted roses, particularly the old style rose; but
it is an attractive rose in its own right.. growing to quite a
size and overtaking the grafted rose bush. I have a massive
one growing that threads its way through a very large shrub
rose very close to the gazebo. The blooms are on short stems
all along the cane and look so pretty in early Spring.