Friday, 10 September 2010

My Rose Garden

Remember this:

I blogged my new Rose garden as a blessing back in May this year.  I hadn't realised that I had written so little!   I was inspired to try and grow roses a few years ago after visiting the famous rose gardens at the National Trust property Mottisfont Abbey, which is about 25 minutes away from us.  Their gardens are planted in a way I had never seen roses grown before - in huge beds with lots of annuals and perennials growing up and around and through them.

During a visit from my step-mother-in-law, she insisted on taking me to a local rose grower Pococks Roses.  It was very daunting walking into somewhere as a complete and absolute beginner.  I need not have worried though - I told them about my plans and my lack of knowledge and they reassuring told me which of the many different types of roses they had, would suit my plans.  As I result I came home and planted, let me introduce:


Seventh Heaven
Special Anniversary

and finally Sweet Valentine
I don't have a photo of the whole garden at the moment but look what I can see from my kitchen window now:

I don't have a picture of my 'Sweet Valentine' red rose yet, but have several about to open so will post it as soon as it does.  I am planning to purchase another in November when the next batch are ready - the one I am after is called Winchester Cathedral and is a beautiful white fragant rose.  All four that I have at the moment are fragrant and especially in the evening my whole garden has gentle perfumes covering it.  At the moment I have also got planted some perenial blue geraniums, some japenese anenomies and a lovely blousy fuscia.  Next spring I intend to do a bit of seed planting around them to see if I can get just a bit more of a Mottisfont feel to the patch. 


  1. I love how your roses have bloomed Jane. The colors are so beautiful. It takes time to tend and grow roses, I guess. I am not a skilled grower of roses but there is a rose bush in the home we are renting so maybe I should take some tips from you.

    Thank you for stopping by Heart Choices today. I love to meet new blogging friends.

    Blessings and love,

  2. Hi Debbie, thank you for your lovely comment - I have to admit though, other than plant my roses, water them and snip of some dead heads from the first lot of flowers, I have done nothing else to them!