A Look Back on This Summer's Roses

A Bridal Bouquet with Duchess of Cornwall

It's always a shame when good things come to an end, and now that it's properly Autumn, lots of flowers are entering their dormant period so sadly we have to say "goodbye" until next year... I thought I'd look back on some of the lovely roses which we harvested in the summer.

The ones that seem happiest are situated in the top garden, whereas the field-grown ones are not as strong growing (poorer soil, moles, too exposed, lots of reasons!). I've therefore decided to dig up the unhappy ones (sounds ruthless but every inch of productive ground counts!) and concentrate on mollycoddling the ones up top.

There are still a few flowering but the damp air and falling leaves suggests that it won't be for much longer. They'll get a bit of a tidy up and then a proper pruning in late winter. The lovely thing about the garden varieties compared to the imported ones is they actually smell like a rose ought to! Plus I love the look of the ruffled petals and colour variations.

Zelie Billins is a florist growing and selling English country garden flowers in East Sussex