Thursday, 20 October 2011

Country Roses

The wonderful sunny autumn we have had has extended the season of our English roses. We have a wonderful garden roses supplier that has been sending us stunning fragrant roses  from the Stour Valley in Essex to our workshop in London for many years. Usually we have our first roses around June and they start to take off in early October. This year, the early Spring meant that some were ready to cut in April and they are still going strong now.

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of doing a demonstration at Walton on the Naze in Essex and so called into Country Roses on my way to the demonstration. Danae Brooks who runs Country Roses is passionate about these flowers and is a real expert. I was lucky enough to be given some to take home and below are my simple arrangements. They last easily five days and some varieties are even stronger. It is so lovely to enjoy something home grown and so we try to support our local growers whenever we can!

You can't beat a jug for an arrangement at home

5 heads on one stem - sublime

Roses suit vintage pots

Some of the longer stemmed roses and larger headed varieties

Picked and packed in bunches of 10

Massed together they look wonderful

Some of the reds and pink last better. I adore this pink rose rosette shaped rose 'Gertrude Jekyll'. It was voted the nations favourite rose by Country Life readers so I am not alone!

My husband bought me this Victorian Celery Vase from Camden Market
over twenty years ago and it is perfect for tulips and garden roses

Going strong after 6 days!

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