Sunday, 4 October 2009

a rose by any other name

it's been a glorious spring day.
one for picking flowers as well as
for planting vegetables

decidedly one for eating food
from a bowl one has made

has anyone any idea what this rose is called?
the Adelaide Botanic Gardens are stumped
[i've asked them]
as are several famous rosarians

the rose was planted sometime in the
mid 1800s
whoever inhabited 'the Glen'
on Mount Lofty
at the time


  1. they look like the "wild" roses that come from the roots of rosebushes with accepted names. are thay the climbing sort, as opposed to the standing kind? how large are the flowers? i can see the leaves are small.
    the bowls look lovely, and the green so luscious!

  2. don't know much about roses-- not much of a flower person as I lean towards zen gardens with ferns, bamboo, bonsai. but it is fun to see the pictures and read about spring coming on your side of the world as autumn comes here.

  3. It is so beautiful to see the Freesia's with a couple of roses in your vase as I have just planted almost 80 yesterday and another 120 in the next couple of days in our garden for spring.

    The photograph is so wonderful and I feel as though the fragrance of your flowers is filling my room.

    Thank you for sharing a slice of your life with us

  4. fall here with an all day rain. Freesias and wild blown roses and lovely bowls. I see you are making the most of your pottery class.

  5. the rose has flowers that if cut will nicely fill the palm of my hand. it flowers only once a year but with an intoxicatingly beautiful fragrance
    rarely makes heps
    but easily propagated by division
    the leaves make wonderful prints on silk
    and on wool
    in autumn they turn to red and gold

  6. Hi India, At one point I grew over 110 old fashioned roses, I only have a few now and several David Austin roses. It is difficult to tell from the photo but it looks a lot like Reine des Violettes. The flowers become a beautiful blue violet, as they die off. I am in Alice Springs at the moment but if you would like to email me a photo, I would be happy to try to look up the name for you when I get back home. Debbie.

  7. thanks Debbie, but she isn't 'Reine des Violettes'... we have her and she's quite different
    but thanks anyway...

  8. Ooh, looks beautiful. I love spring. The smells, the flowers, and longer days. Ah, bliss.

  9. I think the best chance would be in Redoutee's roses in Josephine's garden. That is where I found Rosa Noisettiana, the oldie on our verandah of which there are only two examples I know of in Australia. The one not in our garden is in an abandoned valley in the Ottway Ranges.

  10. this, i think is a "rose petal": fabulous photos and a huge delight for a new englander. no contributions towards the mystery rose however except to say, 'how lovely'.

  11. How wonderful to eat out a bowl you've made! We have a family rose that looks a lot like this rose. Everyone takes cuttings and plants it in their garden. It's always been called "the cabbage rose" by my family. It's super fragrant.

  12. I posted a picture of my rose if you are interested in taking a peek.

  13. thanks Deb G. i checked out your link and your rose is indeed similar...ours never turns back underneath no matter how blowsy she becomes. always keeps a lovely cup shape. funny thing is that she spreads by extending root runners.
    and she has very few [hardly any] thorns.
    perfect family pet!

  14. You do have some beautiful roses by other names, and they smell so lovely.