New Additions to My Super-Informal English Rose Garden

We’ve had some light rain here today and it let up about an hour ago, a perfect opportunity to head to the local nursery and look to fill in my English rose garden. I was very fortunate to find and bring back home the following roses:

Climbing roses: Mortimer SacklerIMG_3153

Non-climbing shrub roses: Graham Thomas, L. D. Braithwaite, Lady Salisbury (pictured), Strawberry Hill, Winchester Cathedral (a sport or mutation of Mary Rose, which I purchased last week)

I finished doing a little bit of maintenance, deadheading a few plants and removing dead vegetation. Since I am keeping these plants in their containers, as the plants get larger, I can move them around to maximize air circulation and reduce the risk of powdery mildew (fungus).

I can’t believe my good fortune to find these rose plants on clearance! I have one of some, and a few of others. They all bring something interesting, lovely, and fragrant to my garden.

What is especially wonderful that half of the English rose plants that I have are already loaded with many healthy flower buds, so I don’t have to wait too long to see these roses transform my back yard into a really special space. The picture below is the full Lady Salisbury rose plant – very difficult to turn away from such a healthy and beautiful English rose!IMG_3154

More information about these truly exquisite roses (along with photos of mature flowers) can be found here:

http://www.davidaustinroses.com/american/Advanced.asp?PageId=1988

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