However we feel pressurised by the pandemic at this time the garden reminds us that time moves on, nature continues as normal and the garden thus becomes a powerful presence in our daily lives and our ability to look to the future. Gardens give us some promise of good things to come.
Surely in early summers roses take central stage in many of our gardens. Here are a few of those adding colour and scent to our Avocet patch in early June. I grew up in a garden full of roses as my Dad was a keen gardener and roses were his first love. He grew them in a rose garden that took up the whole of our square front garden, up arches, against the house walls and over arbors with seats below. Our front garden was unlike the rose gardens of the fifties which would normally have a central rectangle of lawn with narrow straight edged borders around the perimeter. Roses were the only plant allowed. My Dad had no lawn just Cotswold stone paths winding their way beneath the roses and beneath the roses he grew lavenders, aquilegias and other delicate annuals and perennials.
We grow our roses in our mixed borders as shrubs or as climbers up posts, swags and obelisks. Here are some we are enjoying now. I wandered with my camera starting from the conservatory doors and followed pathways right the way around the garden front and back.
Rosa ‘Winchester Cathedral’ Rosa ‘Warm Welcome’
Rosa ‘Goldfinch’ Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’
Rosa mutabilis – variation in flower colour
Rosa ‘Bobby James’ Rosa ‘Wollerton Old Hall’
Rosa ‘Pauls’ Scarlet Climber’ Rosa ‘Summer Wine’
Rosa ‘Summer Wine’ with Clematis romantika Rosa ‘Red Velvet’
Rosa ‘Bengal Beauty’ Rosa ‘Raspberry Royale’
Rosa ‘Prince’s Trust’
Rosa ‘The Enchantress’
Rosa ‘Lady of Shallot’ Rosa glauca
Rosa ‘Jude the Obscure’ Rosa rugosa
Rosa ‘The Enchantress’ with Berberis ‘Helman’s Pillar’ Rosa ‘Geranium’
And there are so many more to come! Many of those still to come will be David Austin roses bred not far from us here in Shropshire, such as Rosa ‘Shropshire Lad’ a heavily flowering climber with a beautiful scent.
Just as I was ready to publish this latest lockdown post two more David Austin shrub roses came into bloom, R. ‘Fighting Temeraire’ (left) and R. ‘Lark Ascending’ (right).