Flower of the Month: June

June just has to be roses, doesn’t it? Though Cornwall is not known for growing roses. The damp climate reeks havoc on the leaves (black spot) and flowers (balling buds, browning petals) so roses are not that popular. Saying that I have seven of my own (three inherited), two from my previous container garden andContinue reading “Flower of the Month: June”

Garden Portrait: Mrs Greville’s Rose Garden

Mrs Greville’s rose garden at Polesden Lacey in the Surrey Hills  is set out in a simple cross pattern, with long, box-edged, wooden pergolas, adjoining seams of ‘Munstead’ and deeper ‘Hidcote’ lavenders, walls draped in clematis and a water tower festooned in an old Chinese wisteria, it is a mass of pink and white in the summer months. ThisContinue reading “Garden Portrait: Mrs Greville’s Rose Garden”

Macro Monday #95

(click to enlarge to full size) Rosa x oderata Mutabilis is an old tea rose with a light fragrance. She is repeat flowering and ideal for hedging and loved by bees. The pointed flame-coloured buds, open to butterfly-like, coppery-yellow, single flowers on airy growth; changing to pink and finally coppery-crimson. Requires a warm, protected position.

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 DogContinue reading “Macro Monday #26”