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:
and finally Sweet Valentine
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.