Roses set to beat the weather for a blooming good late show

Few sights in an English summer garden are quite as spectacular as a gorgeous display of roses, and National Trust gardeners are predicting a good show for late June and early July, despite the turbulent weather.

Roses traditionally flower in June, reaching their peak around midsummer’s day, but the recent unsettled weather may mean a later season in 2012.

David Stone, Head Gardener at the National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire, said: “The roses are standing up remarkably well to the wet weather – unlike the gardeners. We are expecting that this weekend will see the start of a stunning display of shrub roses, especially if this dry weather holds.”

He added, “The extremely dry winter and warm spring were good conditions for roses to grow, so we’re hopeful of a good show. All being well, we should see flowering well into July this year.”

Mottisfont Abbey is home to one of Britain’s most renowned rose gardens, featuring the Graham Stuart Thomas collection of heritage roses. This National Collection, found in the walled garden, is a truly spectacular sight in the summer months.

 Discover more great National Trust rose gardens.



8 thoughts on “Roses set to beat the weather for a blooming good late show

  1. Hi to all, I live at Mottisfont Hampshire born&bred. I love my village& my suroundings,country life, nature. I hear that some oak tree’s are getting killed by disease,is this true? Mottisfont has many oaks of which i know some are very old, the oakley oak i think is the oldest at around 800yrs. I have discovered something else that is killing a oak, i have not seen this before but its not disease, its big black ants. Do you about this? Slowly they are taking all the life out of the tree. Is this common. Best wishes!

    • Hi Andrew
      We’ve been in touch with the gardening team at Mottisfont. The oak trees at Mottisfont (along with all the other trees) are regularly monitored for signs of disease. None of the trees are showing any signs of being affected by any diseases.

      The Oakley Oak at Mottisfont is between 800 and 1000 years old and is on the veteran tree register, as is the London Plane tree. Staff at the property are trained in veteran tree management and neither are showing any sign of disease.

      The gardening team also haven’t ever had any issues with black ants affecting any trees, and aren’t aware of any problems with ants being experienced in Hampshire.

      Hope that answers your query!

      • Thanks for your answers, but maybe its best if i could show you this tree with the black ants. Or somebody! Many thanks.

      • Thanks. But i think someone should see this tree affected, its being overlooked. Best wishes.

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