It has been a fantastic year for roses. They have all really pushed the boat out and produced the most incredible blooms. For some reason the only ones I can really get to grow well are the climbers and the two I have are Paul’s Himalayan Musk and Astra Desmond.
Both completely exceeded expectations, the musk rose really gathered pace this year and her small dainty pale pink flowers with a tiny deep pink centre created a cloud of beauty around the trunk of my pear tree.
In the spring I spent an age attaching and securing the boughs of Astra Desmond along the front of my cottage which I have been hugely rewarded for with her extraordinary display. The small delicate blush pink buds opened to reveal a gentle ‘top of the milk’ colour which then faded to this most heavenly vintage creamy/grey, such a sight!
I’m ever hopeful that Kiftsgate might decide to flower in year 4… if not… she will be finding a new home in the autumn of 2016 (or maybe sooner!).