Old and New

June 26th, 2014
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David Stone

We have just spent two glorious days in Hampshire attending an event organised by the Heritage Rose Group. A day of very informative talks by some hugely knowledgeable and inspiring speakers was followed by a day at Mottisfont Abbey where we were given a unique insight into the gardens and the way they are maintained by the staff. Head gardener David Stone has spent 37 years overseeing the development of the garden from a vision by Graham Stuart Thomas into the site of pilgrimage for rose lovers that it is today. David is now retiring but leaving the gardens in the very capable hands of Jonny Bass, we wish them both well. A huge thanks to all those  who worked so hard to put on such a wonderful event.

Return journey to Norfolk via The International Rose Trials at St. Albans where we were judging the new seedlings, there are  certainly some very exciting roses in the pipeline for the future.

New Season Updates

May 12th, 2014
 Damask Rose  Amande Patenotte

Damask Rose Amande Patenotte

Rambling Rose Madeline Selzer

Rambling Rose Madeline Selzer

Gallica Rose Belle sans Flatterie

Gallica Rose Belle sans Flatterie

This is just a small glimpse of the many varieties that will be added to our site over the next few weeks. Over 30 roses both ancient and modern will enhance our collection. Some have never been available before.
The full range will be back on our site soon for delivery this coming November- March…..watch this space!

Spring is in the air

March 2nd, 2014
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‘Hare on the Run’ by Scottish artist Dawn Maciocia

Leap into action for there is only one month left in which you can order bare root roses.

Now is an ideal time for planting your roses with the days getting longer, temperatures rising and the music of song birds upon us.

Discounts on David Austin Roses

February 7th, 2014
Graham Thomas

Graham Thomas

We are offering some of the most popular David Austin English Roses at incredible prices as long as stocks last until the end of the season. Remember you only pay £6.90 post and packing to UK addresses no matter the size of the order.

Graham Thomas remains one of the most popular Austin varieties even though it was launched back in 1983. It has great vigour and a wonderful Tea fragrance and can be used as both a shrub or a climber.

 

 

Winchester cathedral

Winchester cathedral

Pat Austin

Pat Austin

Evelyn

Evelyn

Christmas Delivery 2013

December 17th, 2013
Boule de Neige (Snow Ball ) .

Boule de Neige (Snow Ball ) .

Orders placed after 17th December will not be despatched until Jan 6th 2014.Many thanks to all our customers we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Trevor & Vanessa

Summer Ramblings

September 12th, 2013

With such a long cold spring the sunny summer weather has been a great relief for all of us. Although later than usual we were treated to a show of roses with perfect petals and intense colours.

The hot dry weather meant we could bud our crop for next year without interruption and we are very excited to add some further varieties to our list….watch this space.

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A picture of concentration

Our trip north to the Glasgow International Rose Trials was a chance to see some of the newer varieties coming onto the market and also to sample some of the famed Glaswegian hospitality. Tolcross Park is a real hidden gem and close to some of the venues for the Commonwealth games next year.

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Vanessa at the Glasgow International Rose Trials.

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The borders at Mottisfont

The gardens at Mottisfont Abbey were superb this year.They hold the national collection of Old Roses and showcase how these varieties can be used in a garden setting..a place of homage for all rose lovers.

Spring is here

May 13th, 2013

Peter the Peacock strolling in the bluebells

Peter the Peacock strolling in the bluebells


After a washout last summer and a long cold winter we can only hope for better this year. The May Bank Holiday proved that things can change… we must make the most of our great outdoors while we can. Good gardening for 2013.

New for this season

May 13th, 2013

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Night Owl a stunning new shrub rose

Now taking orders for Autumn 2013

May 13th, 2013

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We are pleased to open our online store for bare root roses for delivery this coming Autumn.

Last order date now 1st April for this seasons bare root roses.

March 12th, 2013
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The parent of many fine rambling roses,Rosa wichuriana is a magnificent rose in its own right. Quite recently botanists decided to omit the ‘i’ as thus it should now be known as Rosa wichurana.