Top ten list of garden plants

  • Abutilons of all kinds
  • Buddlejas old and new
  • Epiphytic orchids and ferns
  • Gordonia species
  • Heliotrope, Lemon verbena, Fennel and herbs
  • Michelias of all sorts
  • Perennial Salvias large and small
  • Species Camellias
  • Tea and China Roses
  • Weigela of all types

Montville Rose

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brugmansia spp. "The Shambles" 
After a long dry spell in Spring and early summer, storm rains have injected an enormous amount of colour and renewd growth into the garden. The Brugmansias seem to make their best display if left alone to do their own thing, They do spread, which is a bit naughty. and are poisonous whch is naughtier still for the grand children. They are magnificent though.

Once a year at Christmas our collection of Hibiscus syriacus (from China and Korea) bring ttheir beautiful mauve, white and double pink flowers. The flowers fold up like wet tissue paper if picked for the Christmas table. These plants are fully deciduous.
Hibiscus syriacus with beautiful conformation and markings
Hibiscus insularis  at "The Shambles"
Hibiscus insularis is planted next to Hibiscus syriacus specimens at "The Shambles" and has much more robust flowering while remaining evergreen

A Happy Christmas to All

Kyleigh and Dr Michael Simpson

Saturday, November 29, 2014


While developing a garden together over the last 22 years at “The Shambles” we have found our interest continues indoors in the form of writing.  Like many others we love to share cuttings, small plants and bulbs with enthusiastic friends. Likewise the act of writing an illustrated gardening book, writing entries into a website or “blog”, or sharing pictures on “facebook” continues the acting of sharing through the written word and pictures.

Our latest and sixth gardening book “A Garden Forever, Dreams, Stories, Heritage , History” is our 6th. Like the others it is hard cover and fully colour illustrated so that as an entity it will stand the test of time.  The book will be launched at 2 00pm on 24/1/2015.

Our latest book to be lauched 24th January 2015, at "The Shambles" 85 Western Avenue Montville. 2.30 for 3 pm  RSVP 

Apart from being an attractive, colourful book which will apeal to any one who loves looking at gardens, this book has a couple of extra threads.

Firstly, it attempts to document a garden history, from pre-European settlement, through the time of selection, clearance, agriculture  to the present and our 22 years of making a plant collectors garden. These last years coincide with a period when farms and orchards in our area have been  replaced by rural residential gardening and the replanting of trees.  Australia and Queensland particularly are very young, but the writing of books, especially those concerning the domestic garden will become the research documents for future historians.

Secondly, it’s not enough to use pictures and written records to describe an overall garden and the people who made it. The substance of any garden is the catalogue of plants within it, how the collection evolved over time and what is to be seen as of the time of writing. Garden plant inventory making is an essential activity for day to day horticulture, for conservation, for sensible discussion with other gardeners and of course as an historical record. Inventory making is fairly complex, it require stringency but cannot be avoided if anything is to survive to describe a garden to future generations.
We genuinely hope that these points are well made in our book and it can be enjoyed, along with the garden at “The Shambles” for many years to come.

 A page from the garden inventory, about 1868, from Talgai Homestead, which an example of exactly the type of garden inventory making which is essential fro historical records. The Ledger at Talgai s of course carried on over time and extensive.

Kyleigh and Michael Simpson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Let's Talk

I really want to have some  face to face fun conversations about gardens.
Suggested Topics 
Sex is better than gardening.
Is your first gardening experience remembered for life?
Have community gardens lost the plot?
Who has the best "legend" stories,a brain surgeon or a gardener?
Is it really healthy to eat food grown on a Sydney footpath?
Is it really a garden if there are only 3 species of plant?
Is the answer blowing in the wind?
Garden style should reflect an owners personality.
Unhinged people are attracted to gardening.
Organic vs Natural vs Real.
The real significance of statues.
Can cars be garden ornaments? Panza Tank ?
Is time on our side still?
Dame Edna killed gladioli's for all time.
Are home made gifts really better?
How many succulents does it take to be obsessed?
Are choko's the new miracle food?
Do wheelie bins have to be so ugly?
Which pest rates the highest?
What is it about pumkins?
For a fun afternoon with your friends select a couple of topics or do the whole lot. 

Who needs scented candles?

Today I have the smells of summer in my house. A box of mangoes and a vase of gardenias.
My son even when small would smell the jasmine outside his window and say that it must be nearly Christmas.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Building a Brisbane garden

Our daughter,Christina and her family live in Brisbane on a suburban bock with fairly tragic soil.  A previous owner in their ignorance filled the yard with rubble and covered it with black plasticated weed mat . It is a bugger to get out and has caused plants to remain stunted as they die from lack of moisture and retarded roots. Muscular beaver arms required to do this job!
After some renovations (a large front verandah) to the house it is time to concentrate on the gardens and Michael and I are doing this as a Christmas gift for them. Having grown up in Montville our daughter is not afraid of working in the garden but she is a bit tied down with three children aged from 4 years to 6 months.
Christina wants her garden to have blues ,purples,pinks and white and for it to be quite soft in appearance.She wants plenty of variety and to create places in the garden that are inviting.
With that to go on( no pressure)  we started by planting Royal Cape Plumbago on the front fence soon after they bought the property. These will remain as will other plants that have been holding on during the drought. One  new path will be paved and the shapes of the gardens changed. There will be no hard landscaped edges as I will do a spade edge for the time being to see if I like the shapes. Out in our plant nursery I have been potting up plants from the garden and will probably only need to buy a few larger shrubs but none of this planting will be done until the beds are built up with animal manures, compost etc. These can sit until we start getting some more regular rain.
It might seem like a slow progress but I think that by following the over planting method we will be able to see some results in just a few months. Some people might think that starting a garden is an extra expense and can be done much later after the house is built or renovated. My feeling is that trees need to be planted as soon as possible as shade is essential in Brisbane gardens. In this garden the trees are already shading the back of the house from the western sun and giving a leafy view to upper storey windows. There is no need to embark on a costly plan of path  paving and building  gardens as it is preferable to do soft landscaping with spade edges or easily moved rocks so you can have some flexibility with your design. In my opinion the building of hard landscaping around a home is akin to treating plants as colouring in between the lines. I never wanted to colour inside the lines and would not want to be locked in to a restricted garden design.As a first step with creating shapes just use the garden hose or string or even experiment with a string line to create a circle . Do lots of drawings and pace around the space at various times of the day to know where your sun and shade will fall. You never know with all this mulling over ideas you may wake up in the middle of the night with the best ever garden plan. Happy Gardening, Kyleigh

Monday, November 24, 2014

ABC Gardening Australia, filming at "The Shambles" for 2015

ABC Gardening Australia, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Chris and Kyleigh 
At quite short notice we were pleasantly surprised to welcome Jerry Coleby-Williams and the filming crew for this ABC TV gardening programme on 21st and 22 nd of November.
Of course we had had prolonged very dry weather, two 40 degree days then a storm which stripped many of the lovely spring flowers. But our mature garden still had plenty of green and shade to offer and many interesting corners, unusual plants and points of interest or the team to use.

Thankyou to ABC Gardening Australia and thankyou to our friends who came up on Friday afternoon to create a little party, make some music and perhaps appear on television in 2015
Michael Simpson
Smokin Melaleucas entertaining on riday Afternoon

Monday, November 17, 2014

"The Shmables" November 2014, Record Heat, prolonged dry

"Cousin Essie" like our other old fashioned roses , getting through unseasonal heat and dry.
In spite of a rather prolonged dry spell, and last weekend 40' celcius heat, the garden has done very well.  The reward for years of appropriate plant species selection, judicious watering, adequate mulching and garden maturity reflects in our garden weathering excessive dry or wet without damage.
The only thing is , plant collectors keep collecting plants and we have often been caught out trying to nurse and protect newly acquired, precious specimens with hand watering and daily supervision.
I'm quite worried about the fate of about 50 tube stock lavandula stoechus, Lavandula dentata, Rosmarinus and Westringea in the harsh environment of our front embankment where we can't do anything but trust in the Lord when it comes to initial settling in.
We have acquired two Spiraea "Anthony Waterer" and the only fatality in recent tough times has been a juvenile Rondoletia amoena.  This latter specimen will be replaced with bloody minded determination because Rondoletia leucophylla "Russian Star" and Rondoletia splendens have done so well.
Looking forward to more comfortable times with the weather as the many different Agapanthus, Lilium lancifoliums, Lilium longflorums etc. "hit their straps".
Michael Simpson

Monday, November 10, 2014


Tanderra House , Flaxton

Don't stay in Brisbane during the G20 lockdown, under surveillance from the G20 control centre


 15-16th NOVEMBER weekend,  the garden of Ann and Geoff Hocking, "Tanderra House" Flaxton will open as part of Open gardens Australia
Address: 11 Flaxton Mill Rd, Flaxton.
Opening time is 10am-4.30pm.  and admissionis $8.00 (under 18 free) funds raisd for charity.

The historic 1908 House is complemented by a beautifully maintained, well balanced and spacious garden where mature flowering trees and shrubs contrast effectively with sweeping lawns. Splendid Magnolia grandiflora, hardy camellias, gardenias, agapanthus, heliconias, bromeliads and palms. Vegetable garden and fruit trees. Refreshments are being served and a plant stall will be in place for those inspired to take some gardening home.
President Obama enjoying "Tanderra House" , stopping off from the G20


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Open Garden at Flaxton

"Tanderra House" ( "Chermside") and the Dixon Family 1915

Getting very close to 15-16th NOVEMBER weekend when the garden of Ann and Geoff Hocking, "Tanderra House" Flaxton will open as part of Open gardens Australia
Address: 11 Flaxton Mill Rd, Flaxton.
Opening time is 10am-4.30pm.  and admissionis $8.00 (under 18 free) funds raisd for charity.
The historic 1908 House is complemented by a beautifully maintained, well balanced and spacious garden where mature flowering trees and shrubs contrast effectively with sweeping lawns. Splendid Magnolia grandiflora, hardy camellias, gardenias, agapanthus, heliconias, bromeliads and palms. Vegetable garden and fruit trees. Refreshments are being served and a plant stall will be in place for those inspired to take some gardening home.

In the mean time "The Shambles" is getting ready for 50 bus visitors from Toowoomba on Wednesday for morning tea and a inspection of the garden. In spite of protracted dry and now hot weather the garden is lush, green and has plenty of spring flowers to show off

Michael Simpson

"Tanderra House" open 15th and 16th November 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Preparations for visitors and new plantings

Hellebore ? argutifolios brought ome from Toowoomba October 2014
A few showers are all the encouragement we need to plant more at "The Shambles"
On a recent trip to Toowoomba we visited Penny MacKinlay and purchased cuttings grown roses to replace or supplement existing stocks.
2 x 'Lady Hillingdon'
2 x 'Seduction'
2 x 'Graham Thomas'
At an open Garden at Mabel Street Toowoomba we also purchased 5 x Helleborus argutifolius (holly-leaved hellebore, Corsican hellebore) syn. H. corsicus, H. lividus subsp. corsicus
Our order of tubestock from the Fernview Nursery arrived in good condition. Many of these are destined for our sunny front embankment

10x Lavandula stoechus 'Ploughman
10x Lavandula stoechus 'Anon View"
10 x Lavandula dentata
10 x Rosmarinus officinalis
10 x Westringia 'Smokey'

Everywhere else in the garden there is a very encouraging vigour in the new season growth
Epiphytic orchids have been prolific in flowering this year
 Michael Simpson

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Spring and seasons change at "The Shambles"

Austin , Kyleigh and "Bear" in the garden at "The Shambles"

It has ben a marvellous spring so far. The garden has never looked so prosperous. New plantings eith bought or from cutting are thriving. Forgotten gems that had been dormant emerged with beautiful flowers including Hippeastrum papilio, Araesema candidissima, Eumecon (snow poppy) and Hippeastrum equestra.
As the various Azaleas and Camellias finished we noticed many pleasant spring arrivals and revivals.
From bare sticks very young Viburnum populus, Viburnum megalocephalum, Kolkwitzia amabilis, Deutzia gracilis and Forsythia viridissima reassured that they were established. It was very rewarding to see Physocarpus (ninebark) reemerge. 
The yearly riot of colour from Spiraea cantoniensis flore pleno is reinforced by flowering from Spiraea reevsiana, Spiraea bumada and Spiraea japonica with the various type of Brunfelsia all synchronizing a spring display.
Next it will be the roses and many other perennial and annual favourites
Michael Simpson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New developments, new plantings Spring 2014 at "The Shambles"

Bouvardia longifolia Pink
Encouraged by warmer weather and a couple of showery days (no real rain) we have seen new spring foliage and flowers start to erupt throughout the garden.
Newly added plants include Bouvardia longifolia "Daphne" series in pinks, white and also in red. These were placed in a sheltered position below the verandah.
A collection of Iochroma being held over winter were planted out in a redeveloped area near the drive, shaded by a very large Tabebuia chrysotrica and Cassia fistula. Iochroma include "Wine Red" I. warweszekii and other varieties.
Juvenile specimens of Forsythia viridissima, Viburnum suspensum, Viburnum opulus and Kolkwitzia amabilis have survived the winter and are producing their spring foliage or flowers. At last we have flowers coming on Hippeastrum papilio and a well established group of Smow Poppy Eucomis.

Our car garage, being immediately on the left when entering the garden has been made over by being lined and with the addition of fancy cornices and columns to compliment the garden all around it. The Cardinal creeper Ipomoea horsfallii has been preserved and the Honeysuckle which once dominated will be kept low.
Michael Simpson

Monday, September 1, 2014

"Thje Shambles" Spring approaches, new projects

The whole of the ground beneath this Cassia fisula and the Tabebuia next to it needs to be regardened before spring.

Several new plants were added and a couple replaced over the weekend

Stenocarpus "Doreen" near wishing well
replaced Grevillea "Caloundra Gem" near Gatehouse
replaced Rondeletia amoena near gate and a group of thriving Camellia sasanqua

Prumnopitys ladei or Black Pine is establishing well near Blue trellis garden and is a much safer bet than Wollemia nobilis which hated our rich soil and wet conditions at times.

Plans advancing well to renovate our 4 bay car garage to better compliment the style of the house and garden
Michael Simpson

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Shambles New Plantings for Spring

Heliotrope arborens or Cherry Pie
The Shambles Montville Facebook page is loaded with attacractive photographs,, and website
Plants added to “The Shambles” august 2014

Dracaena godseffiana “Florida Beauty” Ovate pale green leaves strongly speckled with creamy white, bourne on weeping stems RainForest Corner

Draecena marginata “Colorama” long narrow leaves stiped in cream, red and orange bourne on woody stem Blue trellis garden

Alpinia zerumbet variegata Variegated shell ginger Rain Forest Corner

Philodendron “Xanadu” ZSrongly clumping Philodendron with wave edges leaves, popular with landscapers Rain Forest Corner

Luculia fragrantissima  A little specimen which had been hardeniong off in our propagation area South East Corner garden

Luculia grandiflora A tiny specimen planted from our propagation area into Rock Stone Circle Garden

Rosa mulitiflora “Allys Rose” resembling “Ballerina” planted into Front Path garden and South Rose Garden

Rosa ?chinensis “Weeping Pink” A cutting planted into South Rose garden

Eranthemum pulchellum “Dark Blue Blue Trellis Garden

Pachystachys lutea Blue Trellis garden

Plectranthus eckonii (white, pink and blue) Blue trellis garden

Azalea “Orange Delight” South Rose Garden

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spring preparations and new arrivals at "The Shambles"

Our fifth gardening book "A Garden Forever", which is a colourful and complete essay on writing a domestic garden history is at the printers. Not sure when we will launch this book but it should have wide appeal.
It has been a long dry winter in fact. Winter in Queensland is never truly cold , but the weather has been such that many of our temperate plants have had a chance to rest and become truly deciduous.
The bare branches are quite pretty, but signs of spring are everywhere now.
Recent rain added to the prospect of a decent floral display from our relatively young Magnolias while mature Azaleas ad Pieris japonica are already in flower.
Our collection of Salvias has survived winter and the dry without any casualties.

New acquisitions which are awaited are a collection of Bouvardias, and a selection of Lilium lancifolium "Tiger Lilies"

Could resist planting a young Black Pine on western boundary  and a Lagunaria "Cow itch Plant" in the north eastern border garden . These are doing well.
Also planted out when thinning out our propagation material were many different Salvias including Salvia amarissisima and Leonotis leonuris in the North Rose gardens.

Our new border collie "Bear" is quite enjoying the garden and has no destructive tendencies except to pinch salty sea shells from the coral fountain while we are not watching.

Michael Simpson

Monday, June 30, 2014

Gardens and Websites

Our Gardening website is still up and running, but the programme we used to build it is no longer "supported", so we can't access it and update it any more.
In any case we can still get at this blog thing so will try and continue top record changes to the garden and events as they arise.
Lots happening here. It is finally winter but caring for the garden continues apace.
Michael Simpson

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New plants added June 2014 expand our registered Salvia Collection

Plants added June 2014

Camellia lutchuensis x "Tinsie"

Grevillea "Pink Surprise" Origin: Cultivar (Grevillea sp. from Mundubbera (cream flowered) x G. banksii (red flowered).
Description: Large shrub 3+ metres with finely divided grey/green leaves. The flowers are large pink/cream brush type and flowers most of the year.

Lagunaria patersonii (Lagunaria is a monotypic genus distantly related to Hibiscus. Its single species is endemic to Australia (including Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island), and is known in the vernacular as the Norfolk Island Hibiscus, and the best part of a dozen other names. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental and amenity tree in warm temperate and moist subtropical regions. The genus was introduced by Reichenbach in 1828, based on De Candolle's 1824 description of Hibiscus sect. Lagunaria. The genus as currently understood is monotypic, the single species being Lagunaria patersonia (Andrews) G. Don. This species is divided into two subspecies, patersonia from Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island, and bracteata from Queensland.The genus was named in honour of Andres de Laguna (d. 1560), a Spanish botanist (and physician to Pope Julius III), and the species in honour of a Colonel W. Paterson who first sent the seeds of the species to England.(Norfolk Island Hibiscus)

Prumnopitys ladei  (Black Pine)

Salvia hybrid "Amistad" Large dark purple flower spikes with nearly black calyx bloom constantly from early spring until winter. Fenced Rose garden

Salvia "Charles Sloan" Raised stone garden back stairs

Salvia chamaedryiodes & S.greggii "Cookie" small shrubby perennial with the most intense azure blue flowers that sit out from the foliage. These appear right through from late spring to autumn. Very hardy to heat and dry and enjoys full sun , but can take half shade if in well drained soils. Raised stone garden Back stairs

Salvia dorisiana This is a late winter-early spring flowering shrub which grows up to 2m tall. It has large velvety leaves which have a delicious scent of fruit salad, and spires of quite large hot-pink flowers. It can cope with a degree of shade. Fenced Rose garden

Salvia "Embers Wish" Bright coral flowers bloom year-round in frost-free climates, or until frost Path, Next to Salvia confertiflora

Salvia namaensis x africana "Fingrove" blue flowering. Raised staone wall garden near back stairs

Salvia microphylla (heatwave series) "Glow" Glow produces mass displays of  soft peach to apricot colored flowers. Raised stone wall garden near back stairs

Salvia holowayi  Holways sage, purple-red Guatamala, Mexico Raised stone wall neat back stairs

Salvia "Majenta Magic" A fabulous new offering producing long wands carrying deep magenta flowers above a vigorous bush some 80 cm or so tall. It flowers from summer through the aytumn into winter and is happy in sun or light shade. NE corner of back verandah next to Salvia confertifolia

Salvia "Omaha Gold" (Variegated Anise-Scented Sage) Rumpled and lance-shaped, the spectacular leaves of this sage are yellowish-lime with splotches of emerald. Rub them and you smell anise, a licorice-like scent. The bountiful, cobalt blue flowers cover the plant from summer Central Shrub garden near S. oxyphora

Salvia greggii "Pumpkin" apricot flowering , low growing shrub Fenced Rose Garden

Salvia "Superior Purple" small leaf salvia purple flowers Stone wall garden near back stairs

Salvia involucrata  "Warwick Joan" mid pink flower colour Stone wall garden near back stairs

Salvia "Wendys Wish"  fast growing variety displays vibrant magenta flowers for much of the year (warmer months). East Border gardens

Tetradenia ripera syn Iboza riperia (Nutmeg bush) 

Vinca Minor Also known as periwinkle or myrtle, vinca minor is an evergreen ground cover with glossy foliage and lavender flowers in spring.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Art in the garden

Children love our garden so it is natural that when we have art classes here on Wednesdays there is always plenty of time to run around and play as well as paint ,draw and sculpt.
Background- I have a Diploma in Fine Art , A Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a Post Graduate Certificate  in the  Early Phase of Learning. I see Art as an  essential and complimentary way to communicate especially for children. When children have the experience of using a variety of mediums they have access to a whole new way of seeing and expressing their world.
Art at 'the Shambles' is fun and relaxed. The children are able to experiment with clay,paint,textiles, drawing media and construction materials. The aim is for children to  become  familiar  and confident  with art materials and processes.

Today we are finishing our first mosaics and starting to paint some really cool Gourds that have been grown locally.

Gulag Events - Camp fire music at Hunchy

For all of those people who attended the "Year in my Gulag Book Launch" It has been encouraging to hear how some people have taken some of our essential Gulag tips and run with them. Who would have thought?
The amount of over planting,construction of garden features &  al fresco dining going on is terrific not to mention the use of the conversation starters is astounding.

We don't need much of an excuse to put on a bit of an event around here. The date is set , the bands are hard at work putting a few songs together. The camp ovens are in order and I hear that some people are scouting the op shops for great stuff to wear.
The proceeds of the night including the raffle are going to Medecins Sans Frontieres ,Doctors without borders .
A brand new Acoustic Guitar has been donated and there will be two golden guitar hampers as well for prizes.
The Hunchy School grounds will be the setting for this shin dig and special Obi Obi firewood will be keeping the fire going all afternoon and into the evening.
It all started out as a bit of an excuse for the bands to have a play in front of some real people. You know how it is they can play in my lounge room for so long and then it's time to get out there.
Cheers Kyleigh &Chris  Gulag Events

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Obi Obi Valley

Warrawee,  Obi Obi Valley
I recently had an absolutely delightful day down in the Obi Obi Valley visiting gardens. Kate ( Plant Stall fame) and I have been looking forward to discovering the valley and our hostesses for the day were neighbours Chris, Jan, Lynne and Cheryl who treated us to morning , afternoon tea and lunch as well as being able to stroll around their gardens .
The Valley is looking very beautiful at this time of the year and even with a small  amount of rain has greened up well.The first most obvious sight when you cross the bridge is the newly renovated Obi Obi Hall which is close by to Chris's gate to "Warawee". The house sits perched mid way up the hill with the old dairy at the top . The house is freshly painted and there is a mass planting of roses ,salvias and perennials across a slope at the front. The lower paddocks have cattle grazing and the whole scene is picturesque to say the least.
Sitting up on the verandah is a prime position to look back towards the Range at Mapleton and to sometimes even see the Mapleton Falls. After a cup of tea and home made biscuit we put on our hats and stroll around the back of the house where there are several mulberry trees ,camellias and roses nestled behind hedges. Two vegetable gardens lie fallow and the chook house is weighed down by a very vigorous unnamed climbing rose or two.
Beyond the house garden there is the orchard and as we walk up the hill we come to a camellia lined walkway that leads to the renovated dairy . In the garden you will see toadstool seats and ornaments hidden amongst the shrubbery. There is that slightly wild ,over grown feeling to this part of the garden and you come across flowering plants and little surprises everywhere.
Jans Garden, Obi Obi Valley
Back down to the house it is time to head to the next garden belonging to Jan. Today we are driving but this garden can be reached via a short walk across the top of the hill trough another neighbour's property. Jan's garden sits high and the house is surrounded by a mass of colour . The roses on arch ways and and hardy perennials are the picture of health . The mature old poinciana tree is under planted with ferns and the near by plant nursery holds many pots of cuttings and plants awaiting placement in the garden. The fruit trees are abundant with mandarins and other citrus having been well feed with manure. Further on there is a fenced vegie garden and two  friendly pigs. At Jan's the Noritake dinner set is set on a long table on the back verandah and we devour a delicious feast.
Contented customers at Jans property
The next garden belongs to Lynne and is a short walk or shorter drive  from Jan's along the ridge.
The first thing you see is the hilton style vegetable garden completely enclosed and bursting with produce.
This property is flanked by mature bush  with a manicured house garden around a log cabin style home.
Lynnes Garden Obi Obi Valley
The roses are abundant across the front of the house and several circular garden beds are in the lawn. An old canoe makes a very good pond and Lynne's dog 'Horse' laps water from it. Lynne has just planted a lot of salvias along a fence line which will give robust colour in the near future. The back of the garden looks down into a valley and has several sections planted up. To one side is a moss and lichen covered tunnel which is a fernery and once we check for snakes everyone is happy to walk through .
Our final stop is at Cheryl's place on the banks of the creek. The house is set on the flat swathe of land that follows the creek and feels too close until you see the height of the bank down to the water. Cheryl shows us where the water has risen during flood and suggests that we swim and explore the river in summer.Cheryl has a small raised vegetable garden and a selection of fruit trees at the rear of the house. From the wide verandah we can see the valley from a different angle . We drink coffee,solve the problems of the world and then it is time to head for home.
This beautiful ,relaxing day with lovely generous people will stay with me. Kate and I  felt so special.
Thankyou to the Obi Obi girls.

At Lynnes Garden, Obi Obi valley

Monday, May 26, 2014

Heritage Roses at "The Shambles" recognised on a National Plant Collections Register

Tea Rose 'Isabella Sprunt' 1855 USA a sport of Safrano
Our growing collection of Heritage and Old Fashioned  has been entered in the National Plant Collections Register of Garden Plant Conservation Association of Australia.
We hope that this registration will assist in some small way for future visitors and follow garden enthusiasts to recognise the importance of maintaining the diversity of species in gardens.The Heritage Roses in Australia group has done a great deal to promote interest in, and to preserve these roses wherever they are found.We hope it also inspires gardeners to maintain inventories of the plants in their gardens to assist in garden plant conservation. 
We are pleased to be members of Garden Plant Conservation Association of Australia, Heritage Roses in Australia and the Australian Garden History Society.

Living Rose inventory, ‘The Shambles” Montville 2014, 
Old roses, grown almost exclusively from cutting form the basis of our collection. Most are Tea or China type roses but there is always room for more modern and Australian Roses.
Many of the roses listed are well established and flower freely. Some are less successful, due to reduced disease resistance in our humid climate and reduced sunlight in some areas of our shady garden.
There is no irrigation system.
Supplemental feeding with Sulphate of potash and Epsom salts together with organic material does benefit our roses.
Limited and judicious pruning is done as they do not always survive aggressive pruning in our warm climate.
DUCHESSE DE BRABANT syn COMTESSE DE LABARTHE (Tea,  DOUBLE REMONTANT all from cuttings) An excellent rose in South East Queensland. Disease free, flowers freely summer and winter, highly perfumed and tolerant of shade. Strikes easily from cutting. Very low maintenance. Bernede, France 1857 In most of our rose gardens, Montville Village hall and Montville Uniting Church gardens.

BLOOMFIELD ABUNDANCE also known as SPRAY CECILE BRUNNER ( RAMBLER,DOUBLE  REMONTANT from cuttings)A successful tall growing rose in that the button hole roses are best appreciated when first opening. Disease free and low maintenance. Thomas USA 1920 Front Path Garden

HERITAGE  (ENGLISH ROSE,DOUBLE  REMONTANT grafted)A beautiful flower and a reasonably sturdy shrub. Moderate disease resistance. Humid weather does cause some foliage disease. High Maintenance. Austin, UK, 1984 North Rose garden

MME LAMBARD. (TEA,DOUBLE  REMONTANT from cuttings)     An excellent, tall sturdy and disease free rose. The mid-pink double flowers have a sturdier neck than Comptesse de Labarthe. Low maintenance. Lacharme, France, 1864 Two, North Lawn border garden

FREIHERR VON MARSCHALL.(Rose given to us as this name) (TEA,DOUBLE  REMONTANT from cutting) A reliable disease free rose with beautiful full pink blooms. Low maintenance. Lambert,Germany,1903 South Rose Garden (identity is challenged!)

CLAIR MATIN  (HYBRID MUSK,SEMI-DOUBLE  REMONENT from cutting)Reliable tall growing shrub or climber. We have seen beautiful flowering . Seems to be a strong and low maintenance rose.   Meilland,France,1960 South Rose Garden

G.NABONNAND which came to us as JEAN DUCHER (TEA, DOUBLE REMONTANT grafted) This is one of the choice soft pink double roses in the garden and one of our few grafted roses left. Delicious perfume, Tall, freely flowering and Low maintenance.  Nabbonand, France, 1874 Two in South Rose garden

 “HUNCHY ROSE’” R.O.R. Study name for a cutting grown tea or possible China rose growing in the area below Montville where we live. Smaller, crimson to red double flowers. Front Path garden, establishing well.

MME BERKELEY (TEA,DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) Strong reliable free flowering shrub. Flowers are smaller, at times, but beautiful. Very low  maintenance. Bernaix,France 1899 Fenced Rose Garden, North lawn Borders.

BABE  (POLYANTHA,SEMI-DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) Seems to be quite reliable. Not in a good spot and disease resistance moderate. Doesn't seem to flower as readily as tea and china roses. Moderate maintenance. Hazelwood, Australia, 1935 North Lawn Border garden/pool fence

MRS B.R.CANT (TEA,DOUBLE REMONTANT, grafted) strong but untidy looking bush. The flowers are full and a beautiful deep pink. Moderate disease resistance and requires some maintenance. Cant,UK, 1901 Cuttings grown South Rose garden,

MRS REYNOLDS-HOLE.(TEA,DOUBLE REMONTANT grafted)Long canes on a grafted bush and few flowers. High maintenance on the plant we have. Our weather and position may not favour this rose.Nabonnand,France, 1900 North Rose garden

LAURE DAVOUST (MULTIFLORA HYBRID, DOUBLE CLIMBER) Once (spring or summer) flowering pink climber with a subtle perfume. Laffay, France 1834 South Rose Garden

PINK CASCADE  ( TEA,MODERN,SEMIDOUBLE, REMONTANT CUTTING)Seems robust, disease resistance and has beautiful short lasting deep pink single to semi-double flowers. Low maintenance. From Mapleton Hardware, Bred at a nursery on Mt Tambourine, parentage unknown, very good rose.looking very much like a China rose. Front Path Garden

THE FAIRY  (POLYANTHA,DOUBLE REMONTANT transplant from old garden) Otherwise known here as “CARAMEL SWIRL” after a former pet mouse buried thereunder. Hardy, flowers freely but foliage is disease prone. Moderate maintence, low growing and thorny, needs frequent foliage care.  Bentall,UK,1932 Front path garden

CORNELIA  (HYBRID MUSK, SEMI-DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) A lovely tall plant, free flowering and strong if well supported. Moderate disease resistance but rewarding. Pemberton,UK, 1925 North Rose garden

OLD BLUSH CHINA   (CHINA, SEMI-DOUBLE, REMONTANT from cutting) Tough and a little twiggy and unimpressive at times , but a reliable rose and very low maintenance. Flowers short lived and foliage sparse at times. Before 1750, China parent North Rose garden

LA MARNE  (NOISETTE, DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) New in 2005 in our garden. Establishing well and seems to promise low maintenance. Flowers are small and quite beautiful small, double crimson colour. Front Path garden,

MAMAN COCHET, (TEA, DOUBLE PALE PINK WITH YELLOW FLUSH, from cutting) Making a strong start this beautiful rose promises to be a reliable garden performer with low maintenance. Cochet, France, 1893. North lawn Borders

ROSA MULTIFLORA Pink, (SPECIES, SINGLE Spring flowering, all from cutting) We have a number of these very strong, low maintenance specimens about which are quite lovely in flowering season when very established. Easy to grow , smaller leaves can be disease prone. Trellis back stairs

ABRAHAM DERBY (ENGLISH ROSE, DOUBLE ,REMONTANT grafted) The best Austin rose we have. Abundant beautiful flowers on a very vigorous bush. Disease resistance moderate, high maintenance when considering foliage care and the need to remove large canes each year.  Austin,UK, 1985  North lawn Borders

"MRS E.V.MARSH" given to us as this name, (? Pink/Cream/double Tea  from cutting) this rose resembles Tea rose Mrs. Dudley Cross. Roses may have more yellow than pink in them at times. Front Path garden

BEAUTY OF GLENHURST (MODERN SINGLE, REMONTANT from cutting)Very vigorous, strong, repeat single flowers without perfume. Very attractive colour. Very rewarding and low maintenance. Morley, Australia, 1979 South Rose garden, Montville Village hall.

ALBERTINE  (CLIMBER ,DOUBLE SPRING ONLY, grafted) Big thorny climber. One for the enthusiast really. Moderate disease resistance and high maintenance. Once a year the form and colour of buds and flowers are so lovely this rose is almost worthwhile. Barbier, France,1921 South Rose Garden trellises

UNCLE TOM given to us as this name, resembles PARADE? (MODERN SHRUB, REMONENT, from cutting) Established very strongly with no evidence of foliage disease. This may be a beautiful double pink climber Breeding of Parade is .Boener,USA,1953 Front Path garden

PERL D’OR (REMONTANT,NOISETTE,DOUBLE,CUTTING),strong specimen, beautiful, reliable, low maintenance. This is an exquisite garden rose, especially in bud. Rambau, France 1875 Fenced Rose garden
SUNNY SOUTH   (ALISTER CLARK,SEMI-DOUBLE REMONTANT, from cutting) Strong rose with good disease resistance and moderate maintenace. Flowers are nice but unspectacular and short lived. Clark Australia, 1918 North Rose garden

"Allys Rose" multiflora cultivar resembling "Ballerina"
The Shambles Photo M.Simpson

YESTERDAY (POLYANTHA, SINGLE REMONTANT cutting)Long thorny canes make this a bit harder to accommodate. strong reliable, pretty single flowers in clusters. moderate maintenance in maintaining a shape.Harkness,UK,1974 Front Path gardenELMSHORN (MODERN ,SEMI-DOUBLE  REMONTANT cutting)long thorny canes on a very vigorous plant with moderate disease resistance. very pretty flower clusters, no perfume. moderate maintenance. Kordes, Germany, 1951 South Rose garden trellises
CARABELLA (MODERN SINGLE, from cutting ) A replacement for a specimen lost in wet weather 2013  North Rose garden

"STANS LAIDLEY ROSE" R.O.R.  (POLYANTHA FROM CUTTING) Low growing shrub with beautiful small double pink flowers in clusters. North Rose garden

BALLERINA (Multiflora hybrid, single, grafted). Low growing shrub,high maintenance and few flowers in our climate.  Bentall, UK, 1937 South Rose garden

"ALLY'S ROSE" R.O.R. (multiflora hybrid?). Single repeat flowering in pink with white throat. This rose is not unlike BALLERINA in flower but has more compact habit. Bred at Buderim by John Skilbeck Front Path garden

LE VESUVE (China rose from cutting, double pink) Establishing well in shady spot. Long thorny stems, beautiful well formed double crimson-pink flowers. Shade tolerant.In deep shade most of the time outside Fenced Rose garden

ZEPHIRINE DROUHIN, (DOUBLE CLIMBER, GRAFTED) Thornless canes on a very vigourous climbing rose with delightful double crimson flowers. Fantastic size and flowring after being transplanted to our pool fence 2009. Bizot France,1868 Pool Fence Central lawn Borders

MONSIEUR TILLIER  (TEA,DOUBLE  REMONTANT both grafted and from cuttings.)A lovely healthy rewarding rose, disease resistance moderate to good, low maintenance, interesting flower form and colour. Bernaix, France, 1891 Fenced Rose garden, South Rose Garden

RENAE (SEMI DOUBLE, CLIMBING POLYANTHA), Repeat flowering climber Moore, USA, 1954 South Rose garden

TRIOMPHE DU LUXEMBOURG  acquired by us as this name  ( TEA ROSE, FROM CUTTING, REMONTANT) Double pink flowers, needs support, a beautiful rose.Hardy, France,1835 1835  South Rose garden

QUEENS ELIZABETH (Modern shrub, double , grafted) Struggles on as most of our grafted specimens do. Lammerts USA 1954 South Rose garden

SPARIESHOOP (Modern Shrub, single pink, grafted, remontant) New in 2012. Surviving after a horrible start with drought and Bandicoot attack! Kordes, Germany 1953 North Rose Garden

THE STRAW ROSE (? Modern Quite Miniature) From cutting Tiny flower clusters Front path garden
MONICA OF OMEO,  ROR (A gift of cutting grown rose from Bonita Cattell, Toowoomba) Central lawn and borders garden

LOUIS XIV   (DEEP RED TEA,DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) Frail, small ,but healthy  rose. Exquisite deep red/black blooms. moderate/low maintenance. Guillot, France 1859 Front path garden

GLOIRE DES ROSOMANES (RAGGED ROBIN)  (SINGLE CRIMSON, REMONTANT from cutting)Vigorous low maintenance shrub with healthy foliage. very interesting flowers and colour.Vibert, France 1825 Fenced Rose garden

CRAMOISI SUPERIEUR (CHINA,DOUBLE REMONTANT all from cutting) Healthy, low growing, sparse foliage and twiggy. very low maintence, lovely small double crimson flowers reliably through the season. Coquereau, France 1832 front path Garden, South Rose garden, North Rose Garden.

ROSA CHINENSIS SEMPREVERENS (CHINA, DOUBLE, RECURRENT from cutting. Acquired in 2012 . One to trial near back stairs and the other in South Rose garden

COLONEL FABVIER  (CHINA? SEMI-DOUBLE ,REMONTANT cutting). small, somewhat twiggy shrub, healthy, low maintenance. interesting small semi-double blooms with a central streak of white. Front Path garden                           

RESTLESS (ALISTER CLARK,DOUBLE RED,REMONTANT all from cuttings) Lovely healthy, low maintenance shrub, reliable double red blooms.Clark, Australia, 1938 North Rose Garden, Front Path Garden

RED CASCADE (,MINIATURE, DOUBLE, from cutting), Beautiful clusters of perfect red miniature roses on a low scrambling or climbing bush. North Rose garden

RED PIERRE DE RONSARD (DOUBLE RED CLIMBER, REPEAT FLOWERING,grafted). On trial in a good sunny position. This rose made a good start in 2010 but our wet weather may defeat it. Sport of Meilland "Pierre de Ronsard" Not great, trellis at Back Stairs.

BLOOMFIELD COURAGE  ( RED RAMBLER,SINGLE SPRING all from cuttings) Once flowering and disease prone in a quite shaded position. moderate maintenance so far, spring flowers are attractive .Thomas, USA 1925 North East Border, Trellis South Rose garden.

ROSA MULTIFLORA red (Species, Spring flowers, from cutting) A roadside specimen propagated and obtained through “Diggers club”.We expect a tall scrambling or climbing shrub. South Rose garden , South trellis

LILI MARLENE (Semi-Double Grafted). A Present from Eleanor. Doesn't enjoy our wet weather front path garden

GENERAL GALLIENI   (TEA,DOUBLE REMONTANT grafted)A lovely strong rose with low disease risk, low maintenance and very interesting polychrome red flowers. South Rose garden

UNKNOWN RED No.1  (?MODERN SHRUB, healthy from cutting) Large double red flowers with lovely perfume. This rose survives without really thriving, resembles a modern shrub such as Mr Lincoln. Nearly Lost 2012, Front path garden

UNKNOWN RED No.2  (China or tea Rose, from cutting) Small tea rose like foliage, small double rich red flowers which knowing sources in our garden is either Restless, or Louis XIV. very Low Growing, Central lawn Border
DAVIDS SINGLE RED CHINA (From cutting David Curley HRIA). Beautiful healthy low growing plant. Front Path garden

ROSETTE DELIZY (TEA, DOUBLE  REMONTANT from cutting) A rose with fabulous health and very low maintenance. Interesting freely bourne double blooms in pink and cream. One of our best and easiest to grow Nabonnand, France, 1922 Fenced Rose garden, North Rose gardens

HUGO ROLLER  (TEA,DOUBLE  REMONTANT grafted) 2 strong grafted specimens from Penny McKinley at Pittsworth are establishing and flowering well. front path garden

WILLIAM R. SMITH (TEA,DOUBLE  ,REMONTANT from cutting) very healthy, very low maintenance, flowers freely lovely cream/white double flowers with some perfume  Bagg, USA, 1908. Came to us as "Dr.Grill", North Rose garden

COMTESSE DU CAYLA ( TEA,DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) Healthy  shrub, abundant apricot/orange flowers, seems low maintenance. Guillot, France, 1902 North Rose garden

MUTABILIS  (CHINA,SINGLE REMONENT 2 grafted, 1 from cutting) Very interesting rose of outstanding vigour, disease resistance and is low maintenance, but for the need to reduce overabundant growth. The single flowers of yellow/pink/apricot on the one shrub at the same time.    Before 1894, ?Chinese garden rose South Rose garden, North Rose garden

MRS DUDLEY CROSS (TEA,DOUBLE REMONTANT grafted)A beautiful thornless grafted rose which struggles at times, moderate disease resistance and maintenance. Beautiful flowers make it worthwhile. Paul UK 1907 Two, South Rose garden

WILLIAM MORRIS (ENGLISH ROSE,DOUBLE REMONTANT grafted). A beautiful perhaps spectacular flower, but disease resistance is disappointing and maintenance is high in our humid area.  Austin, UK  North Rose garden             

SOUVENIR DE MADAME LEONIE VIENOTT. (TEA DOUBLE CLIMBER from cutting) Vigourous seemingly healthy and low maintenance climber. Fabulous flowers.Bernaix, France, 1898 North Rose garden trellis, South Rose garden trellis.

MARIE VAN HOUTTE 1, 2005 (TEA, DOUBLE, REMONTANT,cutting) Lovely strong rose, the very double tea roses have very weak stems. Ducher, France, 1871 North Rose garden
SAFRANO (TEA, DOUBLE REMONTANT from cuttings) A reliable rose of tall strong growth. Low maintenance, beautiful if somewhat small flowers freely bourne.  One of our strongest and best performers. Beauregard, France, 1839 North Rose garden

ARETHUSA  (CHINA, DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) low maintenance, beautiful flowers in bud and when developed on a shrub which resembles Perl D’Or .Paul, UK, 1903 Fenced Rose garden

CREPUSCULE  (NOISETTE,DOUBLE REMONTANT 1 grafted, 2 from cutting) An outstanding vigorous rose with moderate to good disease resistance and low maintenance. Very eye catching flower form and bright apricot colour in our garden.Dubreuil, France, 1904 South Rose garden

BUFF BEAUTY  (MODERN, DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) A robust rose with strong canes and exceptional flowers. Moderate disease resistance and higher maintenance due to management required to long canes and foliage disease. worthwhile. Bentall, UK, 1939 Central Lawn Borders/Pool Fence

"KAYS APRICOT CHINA" (ROR) 2 2010 (CHINA CUTTING) Double Apricot perhaps "Perl D'Or or  to be identified. Front Path garden, Very slow to establish.                 

PAUL BOCUSE (MODERN, GRAFTED, DOUBLE, REMONTANT) A gift from Ruth and Tom Moroney. Seems to throw long canes and is quite vigourous. Massad/Guillot France 1992 South Rose garden

PEACE 1902 (double yellow, Tea , remontant, from cutting), A beautiful vigorous double tea rose bred from cutting. Originally bred to commemorate the end of the Boer War. Piper, UK, 1902 Central lawn Borders, South Rose garden

SOFTEE (SEMI DOUBLE, SMALL FLOWERING ?CLIMBER cutting) Beautiful pale yellow buds opening to cream flower clusters, twiggy growth prone to blackspot but vigorous with it. Moore USA 1983 North Rose garden

MRS OAKLEY FISHER (SINGLE YELLOW, REMONTANT grafted) moderate maintenance. Poor vigour in our climate. The flowers are a very special single yellow. Cant UK 1921 Front Path garden  

ISABELLA SPRUNT (TEA, DOUBLE  REMONTANT from cutting) Beautiful pale, lemon yellow colour double tea rose on a vigorous shrub. Sport of Safrano, USA 1855.South Rose garden

PERLE DES JARDINS (TEA, DOUBLE, REMONTANT from cutting by Kate Stock) Very Vigourous but prone o balling up in wet weather. Levet,France 1874 Front Path garden
PERLE DE JARDINS # 2 ROR ? possibly ETOILE DE LYON Guillot, France 1876 (TEA, DOUBLE, REMONTANT from cutting by Kate Stock) This is probably PER; DES JARDINS really as they look much the same to me. front Path garden

LADY HILLINGDON (TEA, DOUBLE, from cutting) Eastablishing slowly but well after Bandicoots had a go ywice at digging out the newly planted cutting. Lowe and Shawyer UK 1910. South Rose garden LOST 2014

UNKNOWN YELLOW No 1. 3 examples (MODERN DOUBLE REMONTANT TRANSPLANTS AND CUTTINGS)Whatever these specimens are they have reliable disease free foliage and quite beautiful double yellow blooms with a form resembling a modern shrub. Disease free and low maintenance. Front Path garden

GRAHAM THOMAS (ENGLISH ROSE,DOUBLE REMONTANT grafted) Strong shrub moderate disease resistance and maintenance. Beautiful butter yellow double flowers.Austin, UK, 1983 Central lawn Borders

ROSA BANKSIAE LUTEA (SPECIES, SPRING FLOWERING, from cutting). This reliable rose was planted as a present from Kay and Earl Simpson and has flowered reliably for many years with small double yellow tresses of blooms. East Border gardens
PROSPERITY  (HYBRID MUSK,DOUBLE REMONTANT all from cuttings) A vigorous and beautiful white rose but canes grow long and disease resistance is low to moderate so maintenance is an issue.  Pemberton UK, 1919 Fenced Rose garden

MOONLIGHT (MODERN DOUBLE REMONTANT all from cuttings) Vigorous and disease free. Cuttings establish easily and seems to tolerate shade. Low maintenance, flower frequency only moderate. Poor vigour and disease resistance. Pemberton UK 1913 Front Embankment, South Rose garden

COUSIN ESSIE  (MODERN AUST, DOUBLE REMONTANT cutting from Pittsworth) Vigorous and disease free. Low maintenance. South Rose garden 

MME JOSEPH SCHWARTZ (TEA,DOUBLE REMONTANT from cuttings) A favourite roses, moderate vigour but low maintenance and repeat flowering with lovely perfume. In our area known as the white Montville Rose.  Schwartz, France 1880 North Rose garden, front Path garden 

THE ALLIES or perhaps OUR ALLIES, (POLYANTHA, DOUBLE cuttings, Remontant) Low growing shrub, small leaves with red margins. Clusters of globular pale pink buds open to beautiful double flower white in centre, pink or mauve guard petals. Sometimes double pink "The Allies" Heers, (Manly Queensland) Australia 1930. "Our Allies" W J Matthews, Queensland 1915 Front Path Garden, Gatehouse.

AIMEE VIBERT (NOISETTE, DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting) Establishing very easily, low disease and low maintenance, beautiful white flower clusters.Vibert, France, 1828 Wisteria Arch

ROSA LAEVIGATA (SPECIES, SINGLE SPRING cuttings from Toowoomba) Tough and low disease, low maintenance.Because of its reputation as a handful has been moved to a remote spot where there are trees it may take over. NE corner of Plough Inn.

LAMARQUE syn GLENGALLON ROSE (NOISETTE, DOUBLE, REPEAT cutting from Glengallon Homestead on their Open day). Vigourous free flowering semi-double open white flowers. Mareschal, France, 1830 Doing badly in Pool Yard, to be transplanted.

MME ALFRED CARRIERE (NOISETTE, DOUBLE WHITE, REMONTANT, grafted). Beautiful apple green new foliage on this tall growing , climbing rose. On trial in a sunny but a little hostile area. Schwartz, France, 1879 Doing Poorly in Pool Yard.

VEILCHENBLAU  (RAMBLER, SINGLE SPRING 1 from graft(Perrots), 1 from cutting Maleny)Low to moderate disease resistance, good vigour, low maintenance, The semi-double purple flowers are well worth the wait.   Schmidt Germany, 1909 South Rose garden Trellis, Front Embankment.                           

VIOLETTE (RAMBLER, SINGLE, Spring flowering only) On next trellis to above Veilchenblau but clearly different in colour South Rose trellis

NARROW WATER  (NOISETTE, DOUBLE  REMONTANT from cutting) Lovely mauve flower clusters, Good disease resistance and Low maintenance. Daisy Hill Nursery, Ireland, 1883 South Rose garden

PROFESSEUR GANIVIAT syn. PRINCESSE DE SAGAN, (CHINA ? TEA, DOUBLE REMONTANT from cutting)  A beautiful rose of outstanding vigour and beautiful flower form and colour. Very low maintenance high disease resistance. Very worthwhile. Perrier France, 1890 Front Path Garden, Central lawn Borders, East Border Gardens, Montville hall.

“WARWICK ROSE” syn. ANNA DE DIESBACH  (HYBRID PERPETUAL ,DOUBLE,FROM CUTTING Leonie Kearney) lacharme,France, 1858 Weak Specimen, Front Path garden

REINE DES VIOLETTES (DOUBLE MAUVE,from cutting) Usually a very stout rose, struggling to succeed in our wet conditions. Millet and Mallet France 1860 Weak Specimen Front path gardens

CANDY STRIPE (MODERN PINK STRIPE, DOUBLE REMONTANT grafted) A very eye catching flower on a quite reliable bush, moderate vigour and disease resistance. moderate maintenance. McCummings USA 1963 South Rose gardens, North Rose gardens

MAURICE UTRILLO (MODERN DELBARD, grafted),beautiful flowers, disease prone no matter what they say. Not a patch on “princesse de Sagan” standing next to it.Delbard France. Front Path garden, Near back Stairs
Other unidentified roses not mentioned above include:

UNIDENTIFIED PINK TEA No 1. Strong Tea Rose, Pink Flowering, resembles Comtesse De Labarthe but petals reflex with pale edge, different bud shape.Gatehouse
UNIDENTIFIED PINK No. 2 Arching climber or shrub small pointed leaved, clusters of small untidy pink to apricot flowers in summer only so far. (front embankment)
UNIDENTIFIED PINK No 3. Low shrub, miniature. Tiny very double pink/mauve flowers. Moderate only disease resistance Fenced Rose garden
UNIDENTIFIED CLIMBER passed back to us by Mum and Dad as ROR LAUREN EMMA, raised by Kate Stock.  On Old front Gate , awaiting flowers to help identification. Growth resembles SOUVENIR de MME LEONIE VIENNOT. very Vigourous. South Rose garden