It's *hot* here in the UK - we are in the middle of a (long-awaited) heatwave, and the roses are just loving it. Roses here in Autumn Cottage garden are really flourishing this year - and I've just called in at the garden centre across the road, where there are roses in abundance scenting the air.
But to see the total, overwhelming glory of the rose, the National Collection of old roses at Mottisfont Abbey is unbeatable. It is particularly glorious this year - so much so, that as I walked into the walled garden where it is situated, my eyes welled up with tears at the sheer beauty of the experience.
I'm not going to list all the names of the roses - I just want to talk you on a walk around the garden there with me, to enjoy, as I did, the feeling of being totally swallowed up on a perfumed garland. Enjoy this loveliness - ephemeral but oh, so wonderful - and if you live close, go in person - you won't regret it.