June is rose season at Butchart Gardens. In spite of the rain, they were gorgeous. Above is Princess of Wales, white with tiny pink flecks.
Cherry Parfait - pink stained petals.
Abraham Darby - this one might be my favorite.
English Miss - prim and proper but with a subtle elegance that makes me think of Jane Austen.
Scentimental - gorgeously striped.
Only in the rose garden are there plant labels. Elsewhere, a complimentary printed guide helps visitors identify the plants. This Secret rose is one I have in my garden and it smells heavenly.
I took this photo at the end of April. Less than two months later, beautiful blooms and lush green foliage transformed the garden. Creation is amazing.
The name of this rose is Sexy Rexy - kind of an odd name for a rose - but the roses themselves vied with Abraham Darby in their appeal to me. I love the pale color.
Pondside and I stopped to smell many of the roses; some were scented, others not. I always prefer a scented rose. How about you? Does it matter if roses have scent or not?
I had fun playing with various features in Picasa to edit this mosaic - all the same shot of Abraham Darby.
Raindrops on roses....
Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.