The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. ~ Alfred Austin

Sunday, 24 November 2013

A Few Of My Favourite Roses

Here are just a few of my very favourite roses.

Mr Lincoln. My absolute all time favourite red rose. This gorgeous rose is a hybrid tea and very tall growing, reaching heights of about 1.8 metres. Because the leaves on Mr Lincoln are so tough, is a a good rose for withstanding very hot summers. Mr Lincoln is well known for it's exquisite perfume.

Mary Rose is an English rose and was bred by David Austin. Flowers are found on the medium shrub size bush reliably all throughout the summer months. The fragrance I think is delicate and reminds me of an old rose fragrance.

Seduction is a newer rose having been released in 1988. Seduction is a floribunda and is nearly white or very pale with wavy pink edges. It is a smaller bush and mine when it flowers is covered in masses and masses of delicate flowers. It has a delicate fragrance to match.

Just Joey is another of my absolute favourites. Just Joey is a hybrid tea and grows to about 1.5 metres. The flowers are large, loose, informal and have frilled petals. It is the most gorgeous apricot colour and has the most heavenly spicy perfume. Just Joey was voted the world's favourite rose in 1994. It has been a favourite of mine for a long time.

Eglantine is another English rose bred by David Austin. The flowers have a strong old rose fragrance. They are also large double flowers which the bees in my garden seem to love.

Princess De Monaco is another hybrid tea and grows to about 1.6 metres. The flowers are a cream colour with pink edging. It is a very elegant looking rose. The one I have growing in my garden only seems to have a slight fragrance but they are supposed to be highly fragrant. Maybe mine needs more fertiliser, or water. Not sure, but either way it is still a beautiful rose.

So there you are, just six of my favourites out of the many rose favourites that  I have.
The advent calender is coming along well. I was hoping to have it finished by now, but after having excruciating pain in my shoulder for a couple of days, that put a stop to anything other than the absolute necessities. So hopefully I will be back in a few days with the finished calender.


  1. The Eglantine is absolutely gorgeous and a perfect rose to suit such an elegant name. I love how the names sometimes match the flowers so well. I never tire of looking at roses! You have done a wonderful job :)

    1. Thanks Tanya. Yes it is lovely how some names really match that particular flower so well. I have another rose named Joyfullness and that one really does suit it too. Will have to try and get a photo of that rose once it starts flowering again. I never tire of looking at roses either and am always scheming where I can fit another one or two in :)

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, so I stopped by to take a peek at yours lol. love your roses they are stunning. I have a bad habit of planting things then forgetting their names I need to keep a gardening diary. xx

    1. Thanks Sharon! I have always loved roses and for some reason seem to be able to remember their names. I have started a gardening diary so many times over the years, but am terrible at keeping up with it. I start out good, with lots of good intentions and then fail miserably :)


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