The prolonged period of warm dry weather has brought on the roses and the Hybrid Teas are looking particularly good at the moment with their large bright blowsy blooms in all shades of purple,red, pink, orange, yellow and white. And their scent is marvellous, each rose with a subtly different tone.
We don’t lavish a lot of care on our roses although they did benefit last spring from some home-made compost. What I think may have helped, though, is a very hard prune in the late winter. This seems to have resuscitated the weakest plants which hardly put any growth on last year as well as creating an amazing surge of growth on the more vigorous varieties.
I thought I’d take these pictures now as the thunder storms have arrived with heavy rain showers, after which times roses seldom look their best!