I started my rose collection about 25 years ago buying the old once flowering shrub roses. These are usually very fragrant, so you can imagine the joy I feel on a summer morning when I walk into the garden to be greeted by such an exuberant display. With around 90 different roses you would think it would be hard to find a favourite, but find one I have.
This has to be William Lobb, a moss rose sometimes known as Old Velvet Moss, the colour is dark crimson which, as it ages turns to a gorgeous purple/grey. This is a tall rose, but I usually grow it as I have seen many roses grown at Sissinghurst, that is around half hoops stuck in the ground with the long growth tied to them, this is done when the growth is still pliable. This way you are at waist level with the flowers. William Lobb is one of the best moss roses of which all parts of the flower including the moss are fragrant.
William Lobb is in large bud at the moment so it won’t be long before I put pictures on here.
Something to wet your appetite….a small selection.