Who knows their roses?

Dear Forum Members,

I was mooching around my brother’s garden which is a lovely established English garden featuring many different rose bushes.

I sniffed one bright pink rose and the rosey smell was SO pungent that it nearly floored me I was so shocked! I have never smelt anything like it. It is bright pink, single colour, and to my inexperienced eyes, looked like a ‘classic’ sort of rose (I suspect this isn’t very helpful!) Needless to say that my brother has no idea of the variety.

Do any of you, who are into your roses, know of a particularly strong smelling variety which comes in bright pink?!

Forgive me, I know very little about roses! This one was a stunner. I hope to take cuttings at some point.

Many thanks,

The Grateful Deadhead



  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Any chance of a photo GD? (click on tree icon above your text to upload a pic)  Did you work out if it is a climber or not? No need to apologise for not being knowledgeable about roses; what I don't know would fill a large gardenimage

  • Sadly I didn't take a photo. He lives 200 miles away from me. It is definitely not a climber but is a freestanding bush about 1.5 metres high. I am cautious about bothering him to take a photo of it as my sister-in-law is sick in hospital and he is a babbling incoherent right now image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    GD, am very sorry to hear about your sister-in-law, hope she recovers soon.

    I will try to remember to 'bump' your question so it doesn't go to the end of the line then someone else may guess what rose it is. There are some very knowledgeable people on hereimage

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,241

    Try Gertrude Jekyll, sold by David Austin.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,241

    True, true. But you can't deny that Gertie is a very fragrant, bright pink rose.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Hmm. Thank you for your feedbacks/suggestions so far. I feel that my failure to take a photo of this rose has not helped matters and I shall try to have one taken of the rose which might help settle this issue once and for all!!  image

    It might take me a while so please bear with me.

    The Grateful Deadhead

  • NetfellaNetfella Posts: 54
    I'm no rose expert but I recently bought a Gertrude Jekyll and it does have a lovely 'classic English rose' fragrance and look but I agree, a pic is really needed for the pros on here.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,779

    When taking your photo, please include pics of foliage and the shape of the buds and semi-open blooms - all can be helpful. image

    I do hope your SIL is better soon. 

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I wonder if it could be an old-fashioned damask rose?

  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948

    Could try a rose seller's website. Eg apuldrum.co.uk can use advanced search to search by type of rose, strength of fragrance, colour etc.  then once you've narrowed it down use the internet in general to search for more pictures to see if you can identify.

    now got a vision of a garden with many many pink roses as you keep attempting to buy the "one" !image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,779

    Can't get anywhere with that link Snoodle image

    This site has a similar search facility http://www.classicroses.co.uk/ 

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,107

    Here's my Gertrude Jekyll, if that helps - certainly a strong scent (heavenlyimage)




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  • Just seen all these amazing replies. I'll come back to you on this as soon as I have a photo (foliage included). Please bear with me.

    Thank you to everybody!

    The Grateful Deadhead

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    If it's Gertrude Jekyll GDH then it is an amazing rose, I'm not an owner of one yet but hope to be soon, I hope your SIL is better soon.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,893

    Here is a page of pink roses from David Austin, so you see identifying, even with a photo, is difficult.  http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/american/searchlist.asp  Sorry, had a look and all the pink roses that were on that page have gone, don't know how to delete reply. 

  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948
    Typo in mine above. Should have been apuldramroses.co.uk.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,779

    I'll put it in as a link Snoodle http://www.apuldramroses.co.uk/ .  

    Not a nursery I know - interesting image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948
    Ta Dove. I see others have given on alternatives so superfluous anyway. But I thought I'd give the correction in case anyone interested. I bought 14 roses from there in the winter. All doing very well. I liked their search engine so may be of use to G Deadhead.
  • AirwavesAirwaves Posts: 82

    I have no catalogues handy, so please excuse any spelling mistakes I may make. One rose that came to mind was an older one Zepherine Druid. This can be grown as a climber or as a column, it too has a wonderful scent, and is bright pink.. Try to find a picture it may be of help.

  • Pete8Pete8 Posts: 2,834

    Gertrude Jekyll - you wont be disappointed. A beautiful spicy and strong scent.

    This rose was chosen to make essential oil of roses in the UK.

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