We always had roses in our gardens when I was little. Mum would prune them back hard each Fall and come Spring, Dad would manure them. My sister and I went through a phase of crushing petals to try to make perfume (did all little girls do this?) They're not the prettiest of shrubs. But, to me, no garden is complete without roses. These are some pictures I took last October in Powerscourt Gardens.
See more pictures here. I love looking at David Austin Roses for inspiration and daydreams. And, on a completely unrelated topic, if you're local for more colourful eye candy, check out my ReadyMade post today!