The Rose Marquee at Hampton Court is a must for me to visit every year, why not join me on my tour.
The scent is the first thing that hits you when you enter, then the sight of all those roses, in short it’s a feast for the senses. Not only is it good to look at, but there’s also lots of useful information to help you choose the the right rose.
It’s good to have a theme to hang the display on and get the creativity working, this year it’s the circus.
For Your Eyes Only’ was announced as rose of the year 2015.
It has a dark centre that shows off the golden stamens beautifully, you may fall for the colour, but with only a little scent, I drifted off to the more inviting roses.
These are mostly on the David Austin stand, the velvety crimson colour and intoxicating scent of Munstead Wood makes it one of my favourites:
This is Maid Marion, peeping through the fence:
The orange-tipped buds of Golden Celebration open into a deep yellow flower, packed with petals:
If you’re tempted to buy any of these roses, these are the vital statistics:
1m high x 80cm wide.
1.25m high x 1m wide.
reaches 1m x 1m.
All of these roses have a knock-out perfume, there’s not really much point having a rose that doesn’t, and are good as cut flowers. They grow best in sun, in a rich fertile soil that’s well drained.
Find out about dead-heading roses in this earlier post.
all images: Jill Anderson.