Old English garden roses. Both out of season and from a florist's bucket, the sensation of these being picked fresh from the back of a cottage couldn't be farther from the truth. And yet they immediately make me think of the garden...
~More pictures and rose sources after the jump~
When reading up on old English garden roses, it was interesting to see that they can be some of the hardiest, healthiest , and easy to care for roses in the garden. Two websites that had information and many varieties to look at were David Austin Roses and Antique Rose Emporium.
I find these roses lovely for many reasons. Their shape makes them seem wilder and resembling more a peony than the common long-stem roses. The garden roses I bought, above were mixed with what I think is a hybrid tea rose. They had a tinge of green on their petals and had many blossoms per stem, feeling more like ripe grape clusters than flowers.
If you are curious about how these rose varieties are cultivated take a look at the growing and selection process on the David Austin's website. He claims these old rose varieties are naturally more disease resistant because they are grown in a monoculture environment. These environments promote disease, so if their top picks perform well there for eight years they should hold up even better in a well tended garden.
Have a great weekend!
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