I managed to take photos of many of the floral arrangements I put together this fall, so here is another vase, very simple, of 'Eglantyne' English roses from a month ago.
'Eglantyne' is one of my first English roses to bloom, usually in mid to late June. After the first heavy flush, she sends out a few smaller blooms throughout the summer with another heavy flush of large flowers in the fall.
These blooms last well for several days in a vase, especially since the house is cooler now that it's fall.
The drawback to using 'Eglantyne' as a cut flower is the awful, awful prickly thorns. I should have worn gloves while arranging the stems in one hand before settling them into the vase. Instead I just gasped a little as the thorns dug into my skin. Again, and again. Ugh.
After the initial pain, I really enjoyed admiring these on my dining table while eating or walking by. After many years of looking forward to this, it is such a delight to be able to bring flowers inside from my own garden.