Continuing with the garden theme from our trip to Staffordshire last week, we also paid a visit to the sumptuous David Austin Rose Gardens, a glorious two acres of gardens that are home to over 700 varieties of rose, including the National Collection of English roses.
I defy anyone not to want to own at least one rose after a visit here. The gardens comprise both formal and informal areas, and the roses are grown in flower beds, pots and as climbers. Something for everyone really.
I realised when looking through my photos that I seem to be drawn to the pink ones so maybe I should take that as my starting point when we come to do our garden, especially as I already have ‘Generous Gardener’, a pale, blush pink climbing rose, that I bought last year.
On my shortlist are the richly-scented ‘Jubilee Celebration’ and ‘Pink Perpétue’; both are a divine shade of coral which I’m loving at the moment. My Mum also has ‘Mme Grégoire Staechelin’ which is a deeper pink and looks incredible once established.
However the prize for the most beautiful fragrance goes to ‘Etoile de Hollande’, a velvety, crimson climber whose scent reached you long before you reached it.
You can easily while away a few hours here as, in addition to the gardens, there is a gorgeous gift shop, tea rooms and, of course, the plant centre where you can buy your perfect rose.