Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Waiting for the Roses


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.

13 comments:

Ilena said...

Your gorgeous roses have me longing for spring! It is SO far away from where I live. I won't even see the grass for another month!

Nicole R.J. said...

Beautiful! That first rose is making me drool... stunning!

Naija said...

I love roses but i kill them :(

Paper Girl Productions said...

oooo I love that first photo..so beautiful!

Mishkat said...

These are all beautiful! I like the single roses too.

~ Charlene S Noto said...

The rose is by far my favorite flower. They inspire me more than any other. Yours are simply beautiful!

Jennifer Rose said...

that second picture would make a gorgeous drawing :) they are all lovely pictures

we have a rose hedge, but not sure of the type as we didn't plant it. I'm going to have to do some research on it once it blooms later in the year.

VampyVictor said...

I don't think I have ever seen an English rose.. I just adore them.. so fragile:)

Furkidsmom said...

Those are beautiful. I wish I could grow roses.

missknits said...

wow i am just in awe! i love the roses, so beautiful!

Carol Dean said...

The Evelyn leaves me speechless! My Uncle Paul in the most northern parts of Germany used to grow roses like these. Now that he's in his 80s battling physical and mental decline, his roses are completely neglected.

maminka girl- Loribeth Robare said...

your roses are stunning! Thanks so much for your perspective on my doggy play time. I am hoping they will play a little nicer as time goes on.

Audrey said...

What lovely pics!! I can hardly wait for spring!