The sunshine and rain has brought out the blossoms on one of my favourite roses. It grows in the raggedy hedge between two of our gardens and we agree to share it! We don't know how long it has lived here and we haven't been able to identify it. I have looked through countless books and even took it to the famous rose gardens at Mottisfont but with no luck. I have only seen it growing on one other occasion. I was visiting an old manor house at a nearby village on an 'open garden day'... and there was my rose! I asked the gardener but she couldn't name it and just said it had always grown there.
As you can see from my photographs it grows up from straggly 'suckers' ( for years I cut these back!) and up into the hedge. It only flowers once and HATES the rain! It has this unusual purple/ pink tinge and a gentle sweet smell. The stems are long and elegant and a little floppy.