We are visiting C’s dad and it’s colder here than at home. Because New Zealand is long and narrow North to South, travelling even a few hours by car changes the climate. It’s rainy and windy, a good day to stay inside and take photos.
We stopped for the night at the beach on the way, and there were masses of flowers. There were lots of Shirley Poppies and Soldier Poppies, but they were full of bumble bees and bees, so I decided to bring some of the big double roses which are all coming into full flush.
The very full magenta rose in the centre is a Delbard Rose, ‘Chartreuse de Parme’. It’s a smallish hybrid tea rose with a beautiful scent. For ages I wondered about the name, and finally looked it up. It’s nothing to do with green chartreuse, it means ‘The Charterhouse of Parma’, which is a 1948 movie based on the novel by Stendhal. The rose is in the ‘Grand Perfums’ collection.
The distinctive bright pink colour of Gertrude Jekyll is easy to recognise, a tall English Rose with masses of flowers on upright stems and a strong fruity scent.
Lichfield Angel is covered with creamy blooms on stems which are almost too thin to hold the heavy round buds. This is another David Austin rose described as an ‘English Musk’ with a light but nice scent.
The deep red rose is either ‘Mister Lincoln’, or ‘Deep Secret’, or something I have forgotten. And there is a small Gardenia ‘Professor Pucci’. All together the scent is wonderful.
I was going to put the roses and the taller flowers all together, but in the end they worked better in separate vases. The pink Foxglove is ‘Strawberry Merton’. Unlike the standard foxgloves this one is a perennial, and in my garden it’s quite a bit shorter, not much taller than the penstemons. The mauve Penstemon is ‘Alice Hindley’, and the white one is ‘Snowstorm’.
Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts this meme, inspiring others to grow and bring flowers inside to make every day a little nicer.