Just imagine a field full of David Austin roses and they may look like something a bit like this.......
I have always enjoyed looking through the David Austin catalogue of roses and their roses always stand out in the garden centres, I was therefore really excited to discover we were almost passing the David Austin Rose Gardens and Plant Centre in Shropshire, on our recent holiday to Anglesey. They even allow dogs into their wonderful gardens and there is no admission fee whatsoever.
Needless to say I did end up taking lots of pictures - these are some of my favourites. It has been difficult to remember some of the names so apologies if I make any unintended mistakes!
|Tranquility Musk rose -the rose was tinged with yellow that gradually turns pure white.|
|Lady of Sharlott - salmon pink flowers with a golden yellow base in the Lion garden|
|Scaborough Fair Rose|
|Rambling Rose - Minnehaha wonderful hanging clusters of double pink flowers|
|A view of the Victorian Garden|
|England's Rose (pink one in foreground )|
|The Renaissance Garden|
|These are reflections of the Boscobel roses in the canal above!|
It was an amazing garden and considering June is always the best month for roses, in the second week of July there were still so many roses to admire as you can see. The catalogue and website show the 700 different varieties displayed in the gardens at their peak.
Afterwards, we enjoyed a cooling drink and sandwich in the courtyard cafe surrounded by more roses and it certainly was so much better than stopping at a motorway service station don't you think? My only regret was that we didn't have room for any roses in the car - we did however come away with so much inspiration.