This is a most unusual year when it comes to weather. Normally, the month of May is a chilly and damp one, on the west coast of Sweden. This year, May has been hot and extremely dry. And the sunny, dry weather seems to continue...
The Scottish Burnet roses are the first group of roses to bloom in my garden. They are planted in poor soil but they don't seem to mind at all. Very free flowering.
Even though they only flower for a couple of weeks, they are well worth growing, since they show their blooms much earlier than the rest of the roses.
Single Cherry, or Red Nelly, was the first one to show its flowers this year. I like the single, crimson, fragrant flowers very much. This rose was bred in the 19th century - as most Burnet roses were.
Totenvik is a lovely, white Burnet rose. It's also an old rose and it has a lovley fragrance. It's origin is unknown but I've heard somewhere that it's a Norwegian rose originally. Does anybody know?
Poppius, or Rosa stenbergii, is an old, fragrant, pink rose which can reach the impressive size of 2 x 2 metres. Unlike the rest of the Burnets, this one hasn't got very many thorns at all. It's a very nice rose.
William's Double Yellow, or Double Yellow Scots Rose, is - believe it or not - yellow! It's also from the 19th century and very pretty!
But prettiest of all, I think, is Stanwell Perpetual. It was bred by Lee in 1838 and is the only Scots rose which is remontant. The big flowers are peachy-pink and they fade into a very pale pink. Fragrant and totally irresistable. But don't let its romantic appearance fool you - it has billions of thorns...