roses from my garden

by Sharon Santoni

June in Normandy means roses.  They are spilling over garden walls, climbing iron gates and tumbling out of flower beds.

The rose has to be the most quintessentially romantic of flowers: perfumed, delicate, and beautifully coloured.

I am rediscovering copper this year, I love the way its colour accompanies the pink of the roses.

Few things give me more pleasure than cutting roses from the garden and bringing them indoors.  It feels like the height of luxury, that such beautiful blooms would be willing to grow in my garden.  A pleasure I never take for granted.

When we reworked the garden last year, I planted several new roses, and this is the first time I get to see them in bloom.  Unfortunately, the name tags I so carefully preserved have mysteriously faded or disappeared, and I am incapable of giving you all the names.

Here are some of the prettiest, picked for you yesterday evening, I hope you enjoy.


Bonnie G. June 16, 2014 - 9:04 am

So beautiful! I have never seen such color. Isn’t it a true joy that comes from our gardens! Thank you for sharing.

Jenny Begg March 5, 2021 - 12:27 pm

Beautiful roses. So good to see all those delicate colours and it is truly uplifting in these difficult times! Well done! I have a little question –
What is the french equivalent of –
Hybrid tea roses and
Floribundas roses?
We live in Lot et Garonne and happy to wean myself off from David Austin and buy french plants!
Thankyou Jenny Begg

Kathleen June 16, 2014 - 10:50 am

Thank you for sharing your beautiful roses……just gorgeous!

Vicky from Athens June 16, 2014 - 11:28 am

Your roses are exquisite! I’d love to know the name of the lavender rose.

Antoinette June 16, 2014 - 11:48 am

What beautiful range of roses …….and I can almost smell their delicate perfume from my ipad. Like you, I have just planted a variety of “bare rooted” roses with lots of passion and can’t wait to be surprised when they bloom. Patience will have to be my virtue…..We are at the beginning of our winter here in Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia. In the meantime, I am enjoying your beautiful cuttings. Thank you for sharing such beauty Sharon.

Amanda Rush June 16, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Really beautiful Sharon, what a lovely selection of blooms, just perfect with the copper! Roses are my favourite among all the beauties.

sheri levitt June 16, 2014 - 12:46 pm

It’s like living in a perfume bottle…divine!

Ellen June 16, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Your roses are simply gorgeous. I’m wondering if that particular species would do well in the American South. I prefer its fuller bloom to the tea roses’ blooms (they look best in bud). I’d love to know the name of the type of roses you planted!

Jeannine June 16, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Your roses look just delicious Sharon!! The colours are beautiful and delicate. Thank you for the lovely pictures!

architectdesignblog June 16, 2014 - 1:38 pm

How heavenly -what a beautiful assortment. Your garden must be huge – these are a testament to your hard work.

Jeanne McKay Hartmann June 16, 2014 - 1:43 pm

A rose by any other name… Sharon, your roses are extraordinary and I love how you combine the colors. I agree, being able to walk out to the garden and snip a few is the height of luxury. Ours aren’t quite as bountiful, and have taken a beating from heavy rains over night, but they are lovely – the David Austens smell like sweet citrus – and I treasure every bloom. Happy Monday! XO

Esther George June 16, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Hi Sharon thank you for sharing your beautiful roses. I was looking at a rose catalogue today, I noticed a rose that looks like your purple rose called Angel Face perfect name for a perfect rose. I’m looking at 1 or 2 miniature roses for next season …too much temptation. Till next time Regards Esther from Sydney. PS I can smell them way over here.

Colleen Martin June 16, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Love the rich purple ones.

Colleen Taylor June 16, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Oh my Sharon, these beauties are such an incredible sight to behold. The colours are magnificent. The scent must be mesmerizing in your home. Thank you for this today. X

La Contessa June 16, 2014 - 3:23 pm

You have the eye when it comes to plucking and filling vessels!I have a hard time cutting the roses from the garden and bringing them inside!I am getting better about this but it is so difficult for me!WHY?I am inside more then I am outside!!!At last count I had 287 roses!!And yes I feed and do all the trimming myself!!!!!!!!!!!I LOVE IT!

Lorrie June 16, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Stunningly beautiful.

Emm June 16, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Those are simply beautiful. I know nothing about rose names or pedigrees, but yours are just glorious.

Maria Luiza June 16, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Thank you for all this beautiful images!
Have a wonderful week!

Antoinette June 16, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Some other stunning purple roses we have in Australia are: “Charles de Gaulle”, “Blue Moon”and of course, “Angel Face”and so appropriately named, “Thank You Rose”……..all absolutely gorgeous.

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Joanne Boulter June 17, 2014 - 3:45 am

Sharon thanx so much for sharing your incredibly beautiful roses. If mine could look half that good I would be happy.
Have a loverly day! Jo from Anne’s Attic – Design

Cathy June 17, 2014 - 4:22 am

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us!

Lucia June 17, 2014 - 5:17 am

Sharon, what beautiful roses! You are so lucky to be able to grow them in such abundance!
Thank you for sharing them.
Have a wonderful week!
Lucy in California

Maria June 17, 2014 - 11:17 am

Oh my word! How beautiful! I am in Australia in the depths of winter and my roses are all dormant, but these are truly a gift from the other side of the world. I can almost smell them from here.

Justine June 17, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Beautiful roses! I’ve never seen a violet one!

Marsha @ Splenderosa June 18, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Ahhhhh, just perfectly beautiful, Sharon. Heavenly, in fact.

Marie Ballon June 18, 2014 - 9:10 pm

And if I was that rose, dear Sharon, where would there be a better place for me to bloom than in your garden. You are one of these persons who have the rare gift of bringing out beauty anywhere their steps and their senses lead them. Like true artists. I am thankful for your blog. Marie

Madmoiselle H @ June 19, 2014 - 6:16 am

How absolutely stunning. You really do have a green thumb! And such beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing


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