Tinted Spectacles

Now that it is mid-June we have nearly reached the pinnacle of summertime. The dusty walls almost have as many rose blooms as they do bricks and all around the garden, buds are bursting.

Rose sprigs for an arrangement

Rose sprigs for an arrangement

To celebrate this time of year and in particular, give a gentle nod of appreciation to the many beautiful rose varieties in the garden, I thought I would include some of their blossoms in my flower arrangements this week.

The main arrangement of five flowers

The main arrangement of five flowers

From the large number of roses on display throughout the garden I have chosen only five. My decision was based on how well I expect the thorny sprigs to perform as cut flowers and how long they will keep until they need to be replaced.

Colour too, is always a consideration. How will they look against another? Do the rosettes compliment the colour of other flowers and foliage in the arrangement? Are the buds and foliage attractive too? Can they hold their own as a single stem in a modest vase alone? How perfumed is their scent?

Here are the five roses I picked.

The preparation consists of placing the freshly cut sprigs into cold water immediately and then leaving them somewhere shady and cool until they are needed. I picked these in the evening. Morning is also good, but not in the blazing heat of mid-day, as the blooms spoil too quickly.

The posy of all five roses

The posy of all five roses

I bruised the base of each stem lightly with the back of my secateurs to let water be better absorbed and de-thorned where necessary to allow the stems to glide well into position without damaging other stems in the process. Rosa ‘Albertine’ was the only one that really needed this treatment.

I made up one simple arrangement of two or three sprigs in a small blue bottle and another more elaborate display using two rose cultivars combined with other traditional cut flower companions such as peonies, sweet williams, flowering sage, wormwood, lady’s mantle and sweet peas. They are all quintessential flowers that you might expect to find in any romantic rose garden and indeed, are looking spectacular in the garden here.

An arrangement with roses & perennials

An arrangement with roses & perennials

I hope you are not only encouraged to admire all the roses in the garden, but also feel inspired to grow some of your own  and then pick one or two to put on your window sill.

Jo.

8 thoughts on “Tinted Spectacles

  1. Oh beautiful Roses. Will they wait for us coming from a rainy country Sweden? we will come to Sissinghurst on the 1 of july. Please say they are still there for us! Maria

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    • Hi Maria, don’t worry! The roses will still be out if you are visiting next week. In fact, Rosa mulliganii in the White Garden has only just started to flower so it will be looking good when you visit. Helen

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    • Hello Non, thanks so much for you comments, it’s always encouraging to hear that people are enjoying the blog. I hope you can visit Sissinghurst very soon, summer is a lovely time to see everything at its best. Helen

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  2. Beautiful..I can almost smell the perfume from here. I’ve just picked a bloom of William Lobb for my husbands desk. It has to be one of my all time favourites. Thanks for sharing your roses.

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