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lovely roses.. they do seem to have done well this year.. think it the damp and cooler termperatrues they like.

heres mine today..still looking little wild..hope to ge out there tomorrow.





 this is only border that is really doing anything at the moment.



my gorgeous Pink Fizz Cosmos..bit rain battered but still lovely.




Gardeningfantic,great pics love the board photo,whats the blue plant in the top pic called please would love some of that.                                        

Rainjustlearning nice roses do you know what the one in the bottom photo is ?.                             


Hi Cranesbill,  unfortunately I have no idea on either of them,  I bought them from Wilkinson's last year for 50p each as they had lost the carton's they were in so all I know is that they are climbing roses,  think that's why they were so cheap.

Gardenfanatic I can assure you your Cosmos is not as rain battered as mine. They've not even got flower buds on them yet. That one looks great!


I dug up old orange lillies in March- I think they're 'Enchantment' can't remember - and put some in a pot.  The buds are enormous this year compared to their usual size and the first flower is also enormous.   I'm not sure how the stalks are going to cope if they all start flowering soon as there are 3-4 buds on the top of each stem.  The reason for this has to be (?) that the garden spot they were in was somehow hampering their growth and it's only when I put them in the pots with compost and leafmould that they have doubled in size. (Or maybe it's just the continual rain that's prompted this unexpected growth).  Sorry to say I've never been over-fond of them and put them in the wildflower pot corner so that I wouldn't have to look at them too much.  But - they are having their revenge and begging to be noticed now.

PS; gardenfanatic and all - your gardens look fantastic.  Great photos and fabulous to see.



Gary Hobson

A few snaps of some very wet roses.

This is David Austin's Fountain. I really like this colour for a rose. David Austin describes the colour as 'deep crimson'...



Buxom beauty...



Golden beauty...



Pat Austin...



I'm not very keen on bizarre novelty plants, but I tried some seeds of T&M's Summer King foxgloves (sown last year, but flowering now); I'm quite pleased with them...



General view...




@cranesbill .. it is actually purple and i believe to be  toadflax..and once you have it it seeds very very easily, it is great with oranges and pinks.. tall and you can just keep cuttin down the stem to remove dead heads it it keeps flowering.

some gorgeous rose again.. they have done well this year.. the colours are outstanding loving that Pat Austin one very much... lovin your garden too looks like mine just colourful.

Must admit i am not a true rose fan.. bu thaving seen so many beautiftul ones on here I am temepted to get some.. i have free draining sandy soil will they like it..

Gary Hobson
gardeningfantic wrote (see)

.. i have free draining sandy soil will roses like it..

I don't know. I'm on clay. Roses have long tough roots, that can penetrate clay. Roses are one of the few decent plants that will thrive on clay. The flowering period is quite short. They'll all be finished after a couple more weeks.


My soil is also rich clay [its got to be living in Stoke] but drains well,Love the pat Austin,and love the general view of your garden Gary,Thanks gardeningfantic,the toad flax  looks really good,i ll have to get myself some.

Gary Hobson
gardeningfantic wrote (see)
... loving that Pat Austin one very much...
Cranesbill wrote (see)

...,Love the pat Austin...

A rose which is a bit similar to Pat Austin is Lady Emma Hamilton. They both have a rich peachy colour. Actually, I prefer Emma Hamilton.

Because of the weather, I haven't got an unspoilt bloom on Emma Hamilton to show at the moment. This is Emma Hamilton, taken last July...

And this is what poor Emma looks like right now...

Some roses are more tolerant of bad weather than others. Golden Beauty (see previous post) is holding up well. Graham Thomas (which was flowering when I posted a photo in June and is still flowering) is also in good shape despite all the rain. That's part of the reason why Graham Thomas gets so many awards.



lovely roses. yes the wether is putting a damper on some of the flowers this year.. it is raining here and i am about to go out and pot up my 36 lavenders i got from GW mag.. smell devine.

Brittany = very wet! The leaves of our climbing New Dawn & Alfred Carrier roses are completly brown spotted & all the buds have turned brown too. Any experts out there to advise? Shall I cut all shoots back drastically & wait for new growth when the weather remembers that July is in the summer! Too drastic?


Alina W

It's just the rain. I wouldn't cut them back, it won't really help in this weather.

Gardening Grandma

I only joined the forum this week and I must say it is a lot of fun! Here are a few of mine. Took them this morning in a dry spell.



When I knew even less about gardening than I do now, I bought a pack of five climbing roses for about fourten pounds. They were worth the money!


 These are little gladioli, I think they are gorgeous.

Bugle and something else I don't know the name of.


Self-seeded Welsh poppies.








A wilderness of plants.


 Bought chealpy as an unnamed English rose.


Lovely photos--looks like another sunny day here. Just finished watering, then it's back to the construction project. It's concrete day.



great photos grandma.. it has rained here all day.. so so soooooooooooo fed up with it all now..

What super photos everyone!


Some pics from today





Gardening Grandma

Great photos, Tina. Where the heck do you live, Inkadog?

What a fab range of plants you all have. I have a confession, I've never been a rose lover, the only one I've ever been tempted with was Alnwick Castle, but it was the fragrance rather than the flower which I loved. However, there are some stunners here. I particularly like the Pat Austin and Emma Hamilton.... hmmm .. maybe I'll look at some at Tatton.

Tina, sunshine ! ! I think we've had the wettest day this year! 



I live on an island on the west coast of Canada, between Vancouver and Victoria.  Our weather is similar to yours.

Too hot for mixing concrete--but I have another terrace done -well, except for soil-and am hiding out in the house with a cold glass of cider. Thank goodness for the ocean breeze. I would be perfectly content if the weather stayed like this. Supposed to have a good few days.