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.