It’s my favourite time of year when the garden roses are starting to bloom. You can’t see a better selection of roses than at the National Trust property, Mottisfont, where the stunning walled garden has the national collection of old fashioned roses. It’s heavenly!
It’s a truly beautiful place with hundreds of different varieties of roses all under-planted with herbaceous plants - inspiring if you’re planning a new garden like me and want to grow lots of roses but also want a garden with year-round interest.
Naturally, I forgot my camera!! So these images snapped on my i-phone don’t really do the roses justice. But oh, if you could just scratch and sniff this Constance Spry rose, or this Reine de Violettes. A-mazing. If only you could get roses like these from the flower market instead of the unscented, mass-produced, straight-stemmed varieties I work with a lot.
We bumped into head gardener Jonny too, whose blog Cuttings from the Garden, is worth a read for a behind the scenes view on life in a National Trust garden.