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Emily @ gardening through a lens 03/07/2013 - 7:22 pm

I love it. You captured all the folds and subtleties: the light caught on the petal-tips and the densely folded yet uncrushed petals towards the center and even the delicate veins etched into the outer petals. I can smell it. Thank you for a lovely Wednesday.

Sunil 04/07/2013 - 6:27 pm

Hi Emily, thanks, I wish you could smell it, the fragrance is diving and so strong too. I only regret not discovering this amazing rose earlier. These roses just seem to light themselves up – no special equipment or conditions needed for a perfect picture.

gardeninacity 03/07/2013 - 7:25 pm

Great close up shot.

Sunil 04/07/2013 - 6:29 pm

Hello Jason, thanks, I think it might become part of a “best of collection”, I really do like it.

Elisebet F 03/07/2013 - 7:29 pm


Sunil 04/07/2013 - 6:30 pm

Thank you, Elisabet

Sukhmandir Kaur 03/07/2013 - 9:59 pm

So lovely bright and I imagine quite fragrant 🙂

Sunil 04/07/2013 - 6:33 pm

Hi Sukhmandir, thank you, it is a highly fragrant rose, one of the strongest and loveliest fragrances from any rose that I have come across.

susan maclean 04/07/2013 - 8:11 am

Is that Gertrude Jeykll by any chance? Whichever it is, it’s glorious.

Sunil 04/07/2013 - 6:35 pm

Spot on, Mrs Mac! It’s a Gertrude Jekyll and I’m so glad I have it. It’s in its second year now (from bare root) and it’s starting to reach over my head. I expect it to reach the top of the arch next year, along with it’s opposite counter part on the other side of the arch (Graham Thomas).

Casa Mariposa 06/07/2013 - 9:41 pm

Beautiful! Bravo!! I’m a bit jealous of how disease free those leaves are. I’m still waging war on black spot over here.

Sunil 08/07/2013 - 8:01 pm

Hi Tammy, don’t be jealous, all my roses are now being covered in the black spot. I’m not too worried though since they’ve given a spectacular show. Unless you’re spending a fortune of fungicides and spraying constantly, rose-leaf black-spot *is* going to appear so it doesn’t bother me. Once the garden show is over in the autumn/winter, I’ll clear the infected leaves away and then next spring, I’ll keep up with a few home remedies against black spot on newly emerging leaves but then when it get’s too much work, I’ll let it all go again.


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