Roses in the Garden

It’s that time of year, when the roses bloom. I love my garden in May and June and, as happens most years, I’ll share a glimpse of it with you.

The irises and poppies were beautiful this spring, but I didn’t get out there with my camera. The peonies took the rain hard, but were very prolific this year. Now, we’re on to roses! My roses are mostly old varieties. Here, for example, is the Apothecary Rose, which was grown in France in the Middle Ages. (Yes, they made medicine from these roses, mostly from the rose hips but also from the petals.) That’s cranesbill growing underneath the roses. It’s gone a bit wild, but I like how the blue looks with the pink roses.

Apothecary rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

Apothecary rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

And here’s the Rosamunde rose, a striped variant of the Apothecary rose, named for the mistress of Henry II of England.

Rosamunde rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

Rosamunde rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

Rosamunde rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

These rose varieties are a little newer. Here’s a Rose de Rescht. I took this shot late in the day, so the colour isn’t as dark. In the morning, when they first open, they’re almost burgundy.:

Rose de Rescht in Deborah Cooke's garden

Here’s my Great Maiden’s Blush – again, the colour is more vivid in the morning and has faded a bit. The leaves on this one are a bit of a grey-blue which really complements the pale pink. It’s a big shrub, taller than me, and sways like a fountain in the wind.

Great Maiden's Blush rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

Great Maiden's Blush rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

David Austen is a rose breeder who has created a number of new varieties that look like old roses. I have a few of his roses including Graham Thomas:

Graham Thomas Austen rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

And Leander, which is quite shrimpy when it opens then softens to a pale pink during the day. One of my late peonies photobombed the second shot.

Leander Austen rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

Leander Austen rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

And here’s shrub rose, which looks really good behind the golden sage.

red shrub rose with golden sage in Deborah Cooke's garden

Finally, a very nice token in my post office box this week from Romance Writers of America.

Deborah Cooke's 50 books published pin from RWA

50 books published! Actually, I’m well past the 50 but the next milestone is 75. I’m not quite there yet. πŸ™‚

3 thoughts on “Roses in the Garden

  1. I love seeing your garden Deb, the heat has really been intense this year so my roses aren’t so hot but my wildflowers are doing swimmingly and I’ll post some pics in a few weeks when they’re all up and blooming!

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  2. Your flowers are magnificent!!! I especially loved the Rosamund and the Great Maiden’s Blush.

    I tried so hard to be one of the members to preview your books and leave reviews. I have 24/7 to read. But, I’m not tech savvy and just couldn’t understand how to download the books. Be that as it may, I have read some of your work and your books are worth any amount. TY for sharing your garden with us.

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