Autumn means gorgeous roses in Mudgee. After some nice rain in the last month my garden has sprung back to life with brilliant roses and some unexpected surprises.
Rose “Mardi Gras” is a stand-out for repeat flowering , longevity of blooms and lovely colour changes as the blooms age, from vibrant orange/yellow to soft pinks with a hint of sunset. If it had a fragrance it would be unbeatable.
“Pope John Paul II” is an exquisite, luscious rose with a heavenly fragrance. A hint of creamy-yellow at the base of the petals (this photo doesn’t quite capture that) adds a subtle beauty to the blooms.
The blooms on most of my roses aren’t quite perfect this year – a legacy of a summer of extreme drought, heatwaves, and week upon week of bushfire smoke and dust storms. But the plants are going gangbusters, showing their appreciation of the recent rain.
My “Blue Moon” isn’t in an ideal position- too shaded to really be happy- but it’s flowering beautifully and its fragrance doesn’t suffer from the less than ideal conditions.
Here’s “Princess de Monaco”. Another fragrance superstar and sublime in its soft beauty. Its buds are particularly gorgeous.
There have been some other nice little surprises too. In particular, finally, flowers on my snail creeper!
I’ve been trying to grow this from seed, for a couple of years. It dies back completely during winter, then the leaves reappear in spring and it starts climbing! This is the first time it’s flowered. Hallelujah! The flowers come in the colours of a winter sunset and are beautifully fragrant, changing colour as they age from creamy white to purple and then yellow. Discovering it in flower this afternoon absolutely made me smile.