Wednesday, February 25, 2009
While waiting for spring and all the flowers to bloom, I continue to go through last year's pictures and pick out some of my favorites. Here are some of my English roses that I grow. These are repeat blooming modern roses developed by David Austin, that have the look and fragrance of the old garden roses of antiquity.
The image above is of the rose Evelyn. It produces huge peach colored blooms that have a fantastic fragrance that Crabtree and Evelyn used in their soaps and perfumes of the same name. The Crabtree and Evelyn products actually smell pretty similar to the rose.
The rose pictured below is my first David Austin English rose, Mary Rose. It produces loads of medium pink blooms all summer, but I don't find it nearly as fragrant as Evelyn.
This semi-double rose is called The Herbalist. I'm guessing that they thought the rose was similar to the Apothecary Rose, which is another name for Rosa gallica var. officinalis - a very very old variety of once blooming old garden rose. I find Rosa gallica var. officinalis to be a deeper color.
This is the Alexandra Rose. While it is just a five petaled single rose, I find it to be one of the most beautiful in my garden.
I have many more English roses in my garden and hope to take some nice pictures of them this summer. The pictures above may show up as a set of cards in my TabbyToo shop.