Alphabet Roses

Please click on an image to scroll through the gallery and read the information about each rose

A to G

H to M

N to T

I still have some letters to discover so I will be on the lookout for ‘Unique Blanche’, ‘Velvet Fragrance’, ‘Wild Edric’, ‘York and Lancaster’ (which has to be both red and white surely?) and ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ or their like. In fact I may have one or two of these lurking in a folder or two already. Anyone know of one beginning with X?

What kind of rose are you attracted to? Is it the shape, the colour, the fragrance? All three? I’m drawn to colour first, then fragrance. A rose has to have a fragrance, no matter what it’s shape or colour is. I love the Old Rose and Musk fragrance and also the fruity citrus fragrances too. I once grew roses, but they were a lot of hard work with all the feeding, spraying (not many disease-resistant ones then) and pruning, but they did look lovely through the summer as an informal hedge. My Dad was a great rose grower and my children bought a pair of ‘Golden Wedding’ roses for my parents golden wedding anniversary. For a rose lover you can always find one that is suitable.

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  1. afairymind says:

    Beautiful roses! I’m probably attracted to the fragrance first. When buying new roses to add to our garden we always go around looking for the best scent. We used to have one in our old place called ‘Fragrant Cloud’ which is our gold standard of scents. We’ve not yet managed to find another that matches it! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Fragrant Cloud is a lovely name. You automatically think of musk, spices and old rose. Now you are going to tell me it is a citrus fragrance 🙂

      1. afairymind says:

        I’ve just found a description of it that says it has a ‘Strong, citrus, damask, fruity, spice fragrance.’ It was definitely a gorgeous scent!

    2. Heyjude says:

      So I was right with both guesses! Sounds delightful.

    3. Aha! I met Fragrant cloud the other week severely pruned and under mulch in a vast municipal rose garden in an Australian country town. You’ve given me a big incentive to return at blooming time.

      1. afairymind says:

        It has a gorgeous scent. 🙂 If you get the chance to visit at blooming time its worth it!

        1. 300 km for a perfume! I may do it.

  2. I love roses that are good for picking. In summer my Friday afternoon ritual is to pick some beautiful blooms and put them in a lovely vase.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Fragrant ones gently pervade the whole room, but so often the cut roses you buy are not fragrant which is why I never buy them. And my container ones aren’t really the type to cut.

      1. My favourite rose for cutting is the Children’s Rose. You only need a couple and they have a lovely scent.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Such a lovely name. I shall look it up.

  3. My favourite ones are Darcey Bussels and Lady of Shallot, but the poets wife is also beautiful as I love yellow roses!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love the name ‘The Poet’s Wife’. and it has the most beautiful citrus scent.

  4. Sammy D. says:

    I chose Jude the Obscure before I saw the name!!

    What an amazing array of roses. Just exquisite, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sadly Jude the Obscure was pretty much over so I had to play around with that image, but I couldn’t not include it 😀

      1. Sammy D. says:

        It did look quite fragile but not past its prime. Good editing!

  5. Sue says:

    Lovely stroll through the Rose alphabet, Jude!

  6. Hahaha Jude the obscure. Love it. 🙂

  7. This is a labour of love: a tribute to your dad and to roses. I like Barbara Austen, because her petals are browning: Grace because of the profile shot and the way the petals curl: Kew Gardens because of its simplicity and the bug; Morning mist for its shape and blushing colour; Nur mahal for its frilliness and profusion; partridge for its stamens and buds; Queen of Sweden for its intricate design. I seem to be drawn to shape, colour, and possibly simplicity. I’m disappointed that you didn’t include perfumes! The alphabet of roses is a great device. Thank you for a pleasant ten minutes.

    J promised me a rose bush outside the kitchen window when we moved south, but the hillside was rocky and it didn’t happen; however one morning many years later he called me out and there was a young lyrebird in full shimmering display, just where my rose bush was going to be. A fair substitute?

    1. Heyjude says:

      If you click on the rose you can read about the fragrance. And a lyrebird seems to be a fair substitute for a rose to me!

      1. Oh, come on! Reading about a fragrance is hardly the same as sniffing it: it’s like reading a description of the taste of a wine. We don’t have a good smell-and -taste vocab. Do roses really smell of citrus? (Time to get up! I’m being cantankerous. The day requires me to restock the study, clear the living room and make cauliflower soup: no wonder I’m cantankerous.)

    2. Heyjude says:

      You mean you can’t imagine musk and old rose or tea fragrances? And yes some of them really do smell lemony and fruity! I have a lilac rose which has a very strong lemon scent that you can smell in the air as you pass by. The best fragrances are the old roses though with the real spicy perfume that takes you to Eastern bazaars where spices are piled up high or Indian perfume shops filled with exotic oils such as Queen of the Night. Deep breath Meg, sniff hard and you shall smell that perfume drifting by on the warm breeze of a summer’s night 🙂

      1. A brilliant assault on my smell-sense. I’m convinced and thank you.

  8. pommepal says:

    What a great idea Jude, and to find “Jude the obscure”, love your treatment of it, it makes it look shy and timid. Now I wonder what the story behind the name is? My favourite of your photos is Lady of Shalott, you have caught it at the peak of perfection and I love the soft apricot glow. Sadly my sense of smell is not very good, I think it comes from years of working on a pig farm. My theory is nature turns off the sense that is being assaulted!!!! Also lots of dust in that environment…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Shy and timid. Sounds just like me 😉
      Lady of Shalott is a beauty isn’t she? Lovely form and colouring. I can see why you’d want to shut off your sense of smell on a pig farm. I find pig manure the most horrid of smells!

      1. pommepal says:

        I thought that was a good description (said with tongue in cheek!!!)…
        Unfortunately the pig smell does infiltrate your clothes, hair, skin but I did love working with the pigs, they are quite intelligent creatures and given the opportunity can be clean as well.

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I love it when I smell the fragrance before I even see it. But I love all forms, a memorable one is the single yellow that blooms really early (not memorable enough for my aging brain to remember its name though!)

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m like that too, and it annoys me when I find one I like and there is no indication of what it is called.

  10. Anabel Marsh says:

    Gorgeous idea for a post! Beautiful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I had far too many roses to put them all in the rose garden post!

  11. restlessjo says:

    Yes, colour first! I very much like peaches and the old roses, like Queen of Sweden, always bowl me over. So wonderfully blowsy 🙂 A fine rogues gallery, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      And I took even more roses yesterday! Goodness knows when I shall post those.

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