Roses, roses, all the way

The idea was that I would feature each of my roses on here as they came into bloom.  However, I notice that everyone else’s are out, but in my sad shaded garden mine have been lagging behind!  Still, here are some choice offerings.

Frau Dagmar Hastrupp

This is Frau Dagmar Hastrupp, a large but delicate and fragrant Rosa Rugosa on a tall spiny bush with dark foliage.  She was bred in Germany (or Denmark, depending on which rose dictionary you read) in 1914.  There are various versions of her name – she may have been the wife of a Danish rose-breeder.  She produces only a few flowers in my garden, but battles on from year to year.  The few flowers produce spectacular large red hips.

Cornelia (or Celestial?)

I don’t know the name of this little beauty (the photo does not do her justice), as the ticket fell to bits some years ago and I dutifully copied her name onto a plastic plant label in ‘indelible’ ink which has vanished.  I think she might be Cornelia (or possibly Celestial), although she’s better looking than the pictures in my books.  She straggles bravely in a pot, as I have nowhere to plant her out.

Madame Hardy

And here is Madame Hardy, who dates from 1832 (France), a beautiful damask rose which does very well in my little bed, growing bigger every year and producing dozens of these aristocratic white flowers with a green eye, with several layers of petals (the confusing technical term is ‘fully double’).  She smells wonderful too.

Chapeau de Napoleon

This is my greatest pride and the first rose I planted, Chapeau de Napoléon, a ‘moss rose’ imported from France in 1826 but supposedly found growing wild in Switzerland in 1820.  It’s named from the tricorne-hat-shaped buds which are covered in prickles like a horse chestnut (and, strangely, smell of apple).  Every year, I think it’s had it, as it clings forlornly to the fence, then late in the day it produces just a few of these incredibly luxurious cabbagey blooms, which have a scent that is out of this world.

Juliet's mighty invader!

Finally, to put things in perspective, this is my next door neighbour’s climbing rose, probably a ‘Kiftsgate’, which she put in only a few years ago and now must have climbed twenty feet up her tree.  I regularly have to lop off eight- or ten-foot shoots as they invade my space!  In fact she says she has to come round to my garden to see it, as it grows more on my side of the fence than hers.

One day I will move to somewhere that has lots of space and lots of sunshine, and then I will be able to justice to my love of old-fashioned roses.  Meanwhile I do what I can…

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6 Comments on “Roses, roses, all the way”

  1. Hugh Rosenbaum Says:

    What great flower photos. What camera? What settings on it?

  2. jonathanburton Says:

    How kind!

    Very basic Olympus C725 zoom, various manual settings, mostly on -0.7 or -1.0 f-stop to prevent the bright bits of the image burning out. I take three or four of each and pick the best one! — then tweak a bit on the computer if necessary before uploading.

  3. Pablo Says:

    lots of sunny space for gardening, we all dream with this… some even put mirrors in the walls of their shaded gardens. Nice photos. I wonder if your rugosa variety is not a little dwarf for a shaded garden, I’m planning to plant a five of these this year and I wish to know if you can walk also trough this full_of_thorns creature in a small garden


  4. jonathanburton Says:

    Hi Pablo, thanks for your comments! Mirrors are a great idea.
    The rugosa Frau Dagmar is very tall and healthy, no problem there. She is also very thorny so you wouldn’t want to walk through a hedge made of it! (In England they use a lot of Rugosas in public parks as a kind of security fence for that reason.)

  5. Pablo Says:

    Hi Jonathan
    > The rugosa Frau Dagmar is very tall

    interesting… some garden books claim that is a dwarf variety. I need a medium sized shrub

    > you wouldn’t want to walk through a hedge made of it!

    surely not! :-), I was planning to fill a space when my fence is a little to low, the idea is maintain the kids inside and the dogs outside and looking at my poor hands today this seem the perfect species for this he he. The problem was that this in the border of a frequented path. Finally yesterday, I put some extra stones between the path and the roses. even in winter looks great with all this white spines.

    Mirrors mimicking windows and even doors can really transform a dark place in a garden. Other geometries can look too strange. In a wall covered by ivy looks great and your garden will appear bigger. If you finally decide to use it don’ t forget to put a “before and after” photos in the web so we all can see it 🙂


    this web shows some ideas of what effects you can achieve, some are ugly or strange, but I like this, for instance:

  6. Pablo Says:

    The problem was that this IS in the border of a frequented path

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