Macro Monday #26

(click to enlarge to full size) Rosa rubiginosa (sweet briar) is a species of rose native to Europe and western Asia. It is a dense deciduous shrub 2–3 m high and across, with the stems bearing numerous hooked prickles. Also known as the Eglantine Rose, Sweet Briar can at first sight be mistaken for a Dog…

garden photography: a rose garden

June is all about ‘the essence of summer’ (This month I want to see what summer means to you. Still focussing on the garden or parkland let your photographs tell me your story of summer-time wherever in the world you live. ) My first thoughts about this month’s challenge was that summer in a garden…

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?)…

I promised you a rose garden

David Austin is a rose breeder who has a garden and nursery in Albrighton, near Wolverhampton in England. Breeding new roses takes many years, but the beauty of a rose is something that we English take for granted and where better to see old and new breeds than in David Austin’s garden. You can discover…

R is for Rose

The Rose is the national flower of England. And anyone living here will know that the House of Lancaster has a red rose as its symbol whereas the House of York has the white rose. So never buy a Yorkshire lass a bunch of red roses! There are over 100 species. They form a group…

Bleu Magenta

A vigorous rambling shrub rose. The stunning flowers emerge crimson and fade to purple, with a density of petal colour that holds very well. The flowers are arranged in tight clusters, not trusses, to give big impact. It has moderate scent, with handsome, glossy foliage and good disease resistance.

Unknown Red

A lovely single flowering clear red rose with a beautiful simple shape.

Violacea (La Belle Sultane)

An 18th century Gallica Rose with almost single blooms of a wonderful, rich deep crimson, darker towards the edges and whiter at the centre. A bold group of golden stamens makes a beautiful contrast with the petal. A light spicy fragrance.    

Heaven Scent

A romantic seat in the walled garden at Mottisfont Abbey where the scent of roses hits you before you even enter. Go there during one of the late evening openings in June. Enclosed here, in three rose gardens covering four acres, are 700 varieties. Their combined perfume is extraordinary.


A modern Hybrid Musk shrub rose bred by Bennett, the free-flowering small, single polyantha flowers are soft pink, with white centres and prominent golden stamens. It has a light scent.