June 21, 2014
English Roses Blooming in All Shades of Pink
Eighteen different English roses have bloomed this month in the garden. I caught pictures of all of them but will divide them into two posts since there are so many. This week is all pink roses. Above is Harlow Carr, which flowers profusely with medium-sized roses the color of bubble gum.
Gertrude Jekyll is a new addition this spring, so the roses aren't as full and large as they will be when the plant is established. It's a very prickly rose but the fragrance is lovely. I'm growing it as a climber since I have no more space for shrubs.
The Countryman is the same color as Gertrude and just as prickly - seems like I read that the two are closely related within David Austin's breeding program. It has a wonderful strawberry fragrance.
Princess Alexandria of Kent starts out salmon-pink and matures to pure rose pink. It has especially large flowers and is a favorite of mine. I think it will mix especially well with Abraham Darby in a vase but haven't tried it yet.
Sister Elizabeth is growing like crazy this spring since I removed some competing plants. Its musk fragrance reminds me of my grandmother's makeup. You can see the adorable button eye at the center of the flower.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh lasts well in arrangements and blooms regularly, though not profusely. It's growing much better since I added a drip line right to the base - roses can survive low water when established but they won't bloom or grow much without ample water.
The Lady's Blush is another new rose for me this year. I wanted a different shape of rose for arrangements, and I especially like the bright gold stamens at the center. I'm growing it as a climber.
This photo of Eglantyne shows a flower that has faded after a few days of being open in bright sunlight. Eglantyne and The Lady's Blush are the same shade of pure light pink when they first open.
Queen of Sweden is soft salmon-pink and produces very long, straight stems for an English rose. It has very few thorns and lasts well in a vase.
I'll end with crimson-pink William Shakespeare 2000, which was one of my first English roses and is still a definite favorite. If I could only grow one rose, this would be it. The flowers are large and intricate, and the color is deliciously deep. There is a medium old-rose fragrance, and it lasts well as a cut flower. Next week I will post photos of the rest of my white, yellow and peach English roses.