The final fling

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The gorgeous Rosa ‘Lady Hillingdon’, Sombrun, end May 2017

I make no excuses for raving about the roses this year, it has been an exceptional year I think. But maybe a little short with everything all bursting out at once, Rosa banksiae did not have the stage to itself as normal.  So, when invited back to Sombrun to see the roses in their final burst for the once-flowerers, we dashed round.

‘Lady Hillingdon’ with the smokey apricot centres was very seductive, but then so was this modern floribunda one, doing very nicely thank you in a pot.

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Rosa ‘Cinco de Mayo’, Sombrun, end May 2017

Just along from this exotic colour mix, was Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’, with very baroque swags of flowers hanging low.

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Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’, Sombrun, end May 2017

A rose I have often read about, but not seen before, was ‘Phyllis Bide’, growing at the edge of the meadow and decorating a chain link fence rather well.

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Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’, Sombrun, end May 2017

‘Charles de Mills’ is like watching an Origami exercise unfold.  It must have one of the most densely pleated flowers in the rose world.  Rubbish for pollinating insects, but glorious as a natural marvel.

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Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’, Sombrun, end May 2017

At the minimalist end of the spectrum is another rose I had read about but not seen, the strangely named ‘Cooper’s Burmese’.  It is the epitome of Scandi-chic in comparison with ‘Charles de Mills’, five long, delicate petals and a light golden centre, fragile but tough.

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Rosa ‘Cooper’s Burmese’, Sombrun, end May 2017

I loved the modern rose, ‘Opalia’ as well, for it’s simplicity and delicacy.

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Rosa ‘Opalia’, Sombrun, end May 2017

‘Sally Holmes’ has just enough pink in the buds for the girl-next-door look, but then opens out into cream, many-stamened sophistication.

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Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’, Sombrun, end May 2017

‘The Alexandra Rose’ has the look of a chinensis rose about it, single flowers with generous stamens and slightly flared petals, as if it has just had a small shock.

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Rosa ‘The Alexandra Rose’, Sombrun, end May 2017

Then comes the clinical elegance of ‘Paul’s Perpetual White’.

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Rosa ‘Paul’s Perpetual White’, Sombrun, end May 2017

Bustling in a jolly way over the gate with a crushed raspberry pink was a busy big rose, ‘Maria Lisa’, very pretty.

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Rosa ‘Marie Lisa’ over the gate, Sombrun, end May 2017

And meanwhile in the woodland area, not a rose but Cornus kousa flowering with just as much exoticism as all the companion roses- not to be outdone.   And it will all happen again next year, what a joy.

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Cornus kousa flowering, Sombrun, end May 2017

 

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