The library in the castle faces east and, if you pull open a rather stiff old French window, you can walk out and gaze across the green east lawns towards a temple some 200 yards away. It was not always thus. Once those lawns were teeming with flower beds of various sorts but, by the end of the Second World War just over 75 years ago, many of the gardens created with loving care in earlier centuries had disappeared, falling prey to other priorities and different fashions.
When these gardens existed, they were much admired by guests and visitors, from the orchards to walled gardens, the Italian style garden, the American garden and even a herb garden and there are plentiful records of what was once there.
In more recent times, during the 1920’s, Geordie’s grandmother Catherine created a rose garden, but again, all vestiges are gone.
Right from the beginning of our stewardship, Geordie and I have invested love, time and money in the gardens, re-awakening walks, creating “rooms”, or larger expanses of wild flowers, clearing long views and softening others. I am not sure I could choose an absolute favourite flower or tree but, like so many others, I am always drawn to roses and my favourite scents are based around them. Thus, at the foot of the wild flower meadow but within the fenced gardens, I cleared and created my own rose garden – an arbour – in memory of my mother who sadly died just after I was married and who never had the good fortune to meet my son.
Within the arbour and borders, I chose roses named for Shakespearean characters or phrases: Scepter’d Isle Rose (Richard II), the Othello Rose (Othello) and the Prospero Rose as well as those from Thomas Hardy novels or ones for a good life such as Compassion and Tranquillity and a few favourites such as Fantin Latour and Roseraie de l’Haÿ.
Throughout many civilisations, roses have captured the imagination and appeared in poetry and dreams. Dante’s Divine Comedy culminates in the image of the sunlight rose which blossoms beneath the sun of God but, beyond their cultural significance, most roses are simply grown for their beauty and fragrance.
Here at Highclere, we have really planted a multitude of roses – in beds, as hedging, against walls, clambering up trees plus of course the aforementioned rose arbour. For the most part, we think of them as belonging to the summer: unfolding cups of blush colours lighting up corners or passionate strikingly red cups of petals adding richness to summer but they can also add to the winter garden. Some of them, especially the dog rose (rosa canina) and rugosa rose, bear wonderful hips in the autumn, rich in vitamin C and good for us as well as being an excellent source of winter sustenance for birds.
“Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again”.
The rose has been the national emblem of England since the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485), so named because the red rose was the emblem of the House of Lancaster and the white rose was the emblem of the House of York. Shakespeare creates an imaginary scene in Henry VI Part I where the opposing parties are invited to choose sides.
“Let him that is a true born gentleman
And stands upon the honour of his birth
If he suppose that I have pleaded truth
From off this briar pluck a white rose”.
“Let him that is no coward and no flatterer,
But dare maintain the party of the truth,
Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me”.
The resolution, which was dramatised in Henry VI Part I, Act II, Scene IV, came when Henry VII married Elizabeth of York, thus allying the two factions and creating the Tudor Rose which can be seen in the stonework on the castle.
Roses have no national boundaries and the French rose, Rosa gallica, is the oldest known garden grown species dating all the way back to the Greeks. In the late 1700’s, the French became world leaders in both knowledge about, and the breeding of, roses. Throughout that century and beyond French breeders were responsible for popularising and hybridising countless rose varieties. By 1780 they had produced more than 2000 varieties and by a decade later that number was nearer 5000 – je vous remercie de tout cœur.
Most of these roses fall into the category of ‘Old Roses’ which are broken down into gallicas, damasks, albas, centifolias and mosses. They tend to flower just once but prolifically in summer and are highly fragrant. Four of my favourites are three French mesdames – Mme Isaac Pereire, Mme Hardy and Mme Alfred Carriére along with the famous Louise Odier and they too have been planted in and around the gardens.
So I hope that those who walk through the gardens take time to smell the roses and enjoy them as much as I do. To return to Shakespeare:
“With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight.”
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II, Scene I
Lady Carnarvon, there is nothing quite like a rose. It is so beautiful in every way. It is so heartwarming that you made with a lot of love, a garden for your Mum. Bless you. Cheryl
So beautiful. My favorite flower too. Every year we add new Rose’s to our landscape. Our winter zaps my tea Rose’s so this year we replaced all with Knockout. I hate clipping the blooms as they are so beautiful but necessary to have more. I’m so glad you have restored these gems for your and our enjoyment.
You do a beautiful job every time I read about what’s going on at Highclere. You are quite the expert in handling everything! Thank you for your beautiful posts. We all appreciate you taking the time to do this!
So beautiful. Thank you
What a lovely piece today’s blog is. Thank you Lady Carnarvon for sharing the history of the Highclere gardens. I enjoyed the accompanying photos and especially the one with you and your roses.
Thank you for sharing.
The blog of roses is beautiful. Mine haven’t done well this year; however, the gardenias as so fragrant and prolific! The gorgeous hydrangeas are drying up and going to sleep quickly.
By the way, your tour of Highclere was televised multiple times I’ve the weekend. I enjoyed the virtual tour!
Just lovely… thank you for the quick visit to England!
Hello, what wonderful roses and I am really looking forward to seeing the gardens again in July. Very interesting to learn of the history of particular varieties too. Thank you.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
As usual, you have brightened my Monday very much. What a lovely subject and how lovely you all have brought back the beautiful roses. The rose is my birth flower and is very special to me. May you have many lovely days enjoying your gardens. My husband and I are waiting for the day to return to England and Highclere. Have a wonderful week.
Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Dear Lady Carnarvon thank you for this particularly wonderful
piece.. Roses are my forever favourite. Not the easiest flowers to have up here in the Cashmere hills, where native shrubs would suit better , but I have to have my beautiful Old Roses, a
Number you have referred to.
It is always wonderful to read your delightful words with such interesting history.
Blessings to you from Canterbury, New Zealand
Beautiful. absolutely beautiful.
Love flower and vegetables garden, wish I could see your garden Lady Carnarvon, thank you for sharing yours.
Thank you for such fascinating history of these beautiful
Roses.. my forever favs. Thank you also for finding the time to post your wonderful
Lady Carnarvon l love rose in the garden and thank you for the email
What a beautiful tribute to the tranquility of roses! Your writing is like a piece of fine art. Thank you.
Querida Lady Carnarvon,
Actualmente vivo en Arabia Saudí, y aquí hay un festival de rosas anual muy famoso, el de Taif, una población en las montañas cercanas a Yeddah, es una rosa muy fragante utilizada en perfumes de firmas internacionales.
Este año tuve el auténtico placer de verme rociada por cubos y cubos de rosas, lloré de emoción, el color y el olor son indescriptibles…
What an extraordinary experience
Greetings once again Lady Carnarvon,
Among so many other talents (Master Researcher, Master Historian, Master Writer, Master Organizer, Master Entertainer, etc :), you certainly qualify as a Master Gardener! Beautiful photos once again and what lovely rose gardens you have recreated there, especially your special rose arbor. Sad that gardens from previous generations had to be overtaken given historic war events but how wonderful that you’ve wanted to bring them back to life. Well done to you and Lord Carnarvon. So facinating to know that your roses are blooming as ours (I only have 3 varieties) are here in CT, USA. Keep smelling your roses and enjoying those lovely gardens of yours. Can’t wait until I can once again!
Thank you – how very kind
Your roses are beautiful. Here in Georgia in the U.S., Knockout roses are popular. They are supposed to be very disease resistant, but ours all got frizzle top this year. We were told to dig them out, burn them if we could, and because it is a viral disease that gets into the ground, we could not plant roses there ever again. We were sad because they were beautiful all summer repeat bloomers. I could almost smell your roses from you beautiful pictures. I so enjoy reading your blog every Monday morning.
Best regards, Pam
I hope you will find some other types of roses to plant anew
Try growing Rose’s in large pots. They do surprisingly well.
I so enjoyed reading this as I’ve loved roses as long as I can remember & am in the midst of creating my own rose gardens at my 170 year old house.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
your roses look amazing! I love roses, and for the first time this year some of my cuttings have grown into beautiful flowers, but the wind and the rain have washed off so many petals. Lots of dead heading and hopefully they will come back. Roses are the embodiment of summer, along with Wimbledon (yeay!!) and cream teas. And now we can add Downton Abbey to the mix. Bliss.
Some day maybe I will get there, Lady Carnarvon although my chances are slipping away as time passes too quickly. I will keep my fingers crossed and keep dreaming.
Dear Lady Carnarvon
Roses are my all time favourite flowers but I do have many other flowers following a close second. I love how the colors of flowers all mix well together and in spring vases of roses fill my house with exquisite perfume. When the petals drop I save them to add to other goodies I have and make my own pot puree (?spelling?) and enhance it with a little rose oil.
I planted a Hybrid rose in honor of my mother and I don’t know if you would have it in UK. It is called Mothers Love…a delightfully formed rose of the palest pink which flowers prolifically. I now have a row of standard roses (all Mothers Love) along the front of my house and they are much admired. My mother was a florist so I thought it was a fitting tribute to her and her talent with flowers and I know she would have loved them.
When each of my girls moved into their houses I bought them a Mothers Love rose to start their rose garden off with and I send them one every spring to add to their collection. Fortunately for me all the girls are gardeners and as well as roses we all love Gardenias (white and yellow), daffodils, tuberose and lots of spring flowering bulbs. It is lovely to share our passion for roses and I still get a thrill to receive roses as a gift. Continue to love your roses
Which reminds me……….did your Lemon tree in the glass house survive and thrive?
Keep safe and well as we are trying to do with Sydney in lockdown due to a new strain of very rampant Covid on the loose brought in by air-crew on a flight from overseas :((( Say a prayer for the 132 people infected so far and thankfully I have had my Covid Vaccine.
Best wishes to all at Highclere and keep putting Gin in the Tea Urn to keep everyone happy 🙂
Yes the Lemon Tree survived – thank you
Loved reading this! How thoughtful to give your daughters a Mother’s Love rose! I also love gardenias. Elaine In North Carolina
When I was younger, I, too, loved using the ‘spent’ rose petals for potpourri. Now that we have a pet house rabbit, I have the joy of seeing her nibble the ‘past their prime’ blossoms with great delicacy& appreciation. It is a gift of the rose given twice and for me, joy doubled.
My roses have been so beautiful this year and are blooming for much longer than usual. Mme Alfred Carriere is magnificent. Roseraie de L’Hay, rosa rubrifolia, the rugosas, the extremely thorny Albertine of course, Wendy Cussons,(grown for the beautiful scent) and many more. And I only have a modest garden but I cannot resist them. I was also taught to paint them by the late great Richard Chopping, who designed the stunning dust jackets for the Ian Fleming 007 books, so roses have always played a large part in my life, I would be totally lost without my roses. The roses at Highclere are gorgeous and your arbour was delightful way to remember your mother.
How fascinating to read about rose cultivation and true gardens in the English style! I’m so envious, since I live where roses just do not grow without extraordinary measures. Visiting your home and gardens is still on my bucket list. I’m hoping a third attempt will be possible, family issues, pandemics and ocean crossings notwithstanding. Have a wonderful week, Lady C.
I hope you will visit us soon!
I thoroughly enjoy your blog and look forward to it every week.
My dearest father taught me everything I know about roses…I grew up with them in the early 1950’s at our wonderful little post war house in Cleveland, Ohio USA. It was a small little house surrounded by many rose beds– the fragrance was intoxicating as I stood beside him tending the bushes with care. Both Mother & I delighted in cutting them and bringing them inside to the “kitchen” table to enjoy !!! ROSES conjure up wonderful memories for me and I thank you for this lovely article and photographs !! xoxo
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for this week’s really lovely blog. The quotes from Shakespeare are so interesting. The sight and scent of roses have to be one of life’s blessings.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
The pictures of your roses are stunning. I particularly like the rose arbors. My mom grew roses and loved them. I have fond memories of her tending to her roses. I only have a few but enjoy them immensely.
Lady Carnarvon lovely pictures of roses and Highclere castle
Beautiful rose gardens. They are my favorite flower also. I love the Shakespeare quotes.
Je vous félicite d’avoir si bien préservé le caractère remarquable de votre Domaine, et je vous en remercie du fond du cœur.
Lady Carnarvon, thank you for another wonderful post which again leaves me wanting more! Today I must go back to Shakespeare’s plays that you mentioned and read the the contexts where the roses were mentioned. Shakespeare knew all about all kinds of flowers and refers to them often in his plays. (See Peter Ackroyd’s Shakespeare; The Biography)
I have learnt such a lot about roses by reading your blog. Your gardens are absolutely beautiful at Highclere. Cannot wait to come and visit soon.
You write so eloquently Lady Caernarvon and your blogs so informative and interesting.
I hope you will visit us soon!
In honor of your beautiful rose gardens and lovely trellises, I pressed the top of my favorite perfume, Tea Rose, and the delightfully slight rose scent wafted in the air near me. Now when I wear it, the tiny scent will bring Highclere gardens closer. A lovely thought. Thank you!
Lady Carnarvon the ground at Highclere castle looking lovely and flowers and lovely to visit Highclere castle
How lovely, Lady Carnarvon. This is my favorite post this year. Well, it’s difficult to choose, but you’ve featured my favorite flower and many of them in my favorite color (pink). What a nice thing to wake up to on my birthday. My own roses were a riot of color and scent this year as well. Truly one of the greatest joys of summer. Enjoy each and every bloom!
Happy Birthday Christine
What an inspiring, peaceful post. Roses of summer conjure so many memories of our childhood yet offer hope for the future. I always enjoy your posts and hope you will combine them all into a book one day. You usually share a little of your life story which makes your blog so endearing and precious. And then the research you must do to add historical details must take a lot of time but adds so much. Thank you once again for an uplifting start to my morning. Elaine In North Carolina
Thank you Elaine
When I visited in 2018, we walked through the gardens. I removed my shoes and stood still listening, smelling and experiencing the most peaceful place I have ever been. Three years since and I still remember that lovely place. Thank you for blessing us by sharing it.
I like going barefoot too!
Greetings, Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for this lovely post. It makes me appreciate my thriving rose bushes in my yard; I can never stop staring at them every morning (or evening, depending when I take my walks)! I don’t cry over wilting rose petals—I smile because new ones symbolize better things to come. I enjoyed reading the history of roses. You clarified the famous War of the Roses. Et la France, je vous remercie avec tout cœur!
How I long to wander through the rose gardens at Highclere! There is nothing like a soft summer breeze carrying the scent of lovely old roses as the day slowly fades! Or the sight of a perfect rose bloom kissed by early morning dew! Someday I’ll visit…someday…
Two blessings in one picture, the roses and Labrador Retrievers. Thank you!
Wow, that piece just transported me to a lovely magical place. Fragrant, warm, and filled with serenity. I truly went into meditation.
Reminds me of a quote from Rumi.
“Come out here
where the roses have opened.
Let the soul and world meet.”
Thank you for all that you put into writing.
I just returned from Manington Hall Vintage Rose Garden which was inspirational, so your post was highly relevant and interesting. I am looking for a repeating flowering white climber: it looks like Mme Carriere fits the bill. Thanks.
Mme Carriere is excellent
What I most remember about the month of June when we lived in London is that the whole country seemed to absorb the scent of roses.
I can still recall that magical scent and know exactly what it must be like to stroll through the grounds of Highclere today.
Thank you, as always, for sharing.
We may live terribly far away in reality, but when I read and look at your roses- I somehow smell their
Wonderful sweet fragrance and enjoy their beauty. I decided a long time ago, there was too much stress and tension in life, thus I would instead seek the beauty of nature to fill my mind. You have perfect examples surrounding you.
I know it’s hard work to have such beautiful grounds, and I thank you for sharing all this and more with us.(!)
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I don’t always respond to your blogs but this one brought so many memories back to me – I had to thank you. My mother found an old rose that she fell in love with for its clusters of highly fragrant small pink roses which could grew on a bush that grew 10 feet high. I’ve had a Cecile Brunner in my garden ever since. Moving to NW Montana, I thought the winters would prevent any rose growing, but I was wrong. The hardy ones do just fine if you place them correctly. Thank you for stirring up more memories on this lovely Summer day.
Some roses are very unassuming!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you again for an exquisite blog on roses. Your homage to your mother is quite touching. Your love for her shines through. Shakespeare references are especially near and dear to me!
Hopefully I will be able to travel to the UK soon! More than likely this fall. In the meantime, we are enjoying our Highclere in both in the US and my dearest friends in London! “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Romeo and Juliet!
All the best to you,
Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and wonderful commentary. You have a wonderful gift for words which bring everything you describe to life. I hope to visit Highclere in the future to experience your beautiful gardens.
Thanks for sharing your love of roses. I hope someday you may visit my home city – Portland, Oregon USA “the city of Roses” and see the several incredible rose gardens here.
I hope so too!
So lovely, thank you so much for sharing!
My hubby came in with a beautiful bouquet of red roses for me yesterday.
Enjoy your week, Barbara
What a lovely gift!
What wonderful memories I have of walking through Highclere Castle and the beautiful gardens. The roses were magnificent on our visit 2 years ago! So thankful for the memories, now that our travel is limited by Covid. But I shall return often in my mind!
No words, except exquisite. Is there a rose named after you, Lady Carnarvon? If not, there should be.
Absolutely stunning, without comparison! I have never seen such tremendous rose blooms and can only imagine how sweetly fragrant their scent must be. The colors are luscious and vibrant, especially the deep rose and the stark white. What a wonderful way to honor your mom; she must be very, very proud indeed. Thanks again for sharing the beauty of Highclere. Wishing you a happy, fun-filled summer, Sandra
Thank you so much for the writing and praise of my favourite of all of God’s flowers. None are so delicate and gracious nor so fiercely protective and strong. Roses were in my wedding bouquet that I made and are also on our engagement bands that I designed. I would dearly love to be there the take in the sight and smells of your garden. Thank you for the glimpse into your lovely gardens.
I could almost smell your gardens from your description. So many of our roses in the U.S. have lost their scent. The old ones perfume the gardens, but it seems sad that the new roses, so beautiful, have no scent. On a trip to Bulgaria we found roses everywhere perfuming the air and all the shops had rose oils which had the same wonderful fragrance. Still sorry I did not buy more of the tiny bottles.
Loved reading about the rose as it took part in the shaping of England to the rose “in prose”. You brought them together beautifully and here’s to someday seeing your rose garden in person. Maybe I’ll try my hand at planting a rose while I wait. One cannot help but smile at the sight and smell of a rose.
I loved reading about your rose garden and made me long to plant roses again! We lost several beautiful bushes a few years ago due to rose blight disease. It was so discouraging that we never replanted. Thank you for the lovely reminder.
Your Roses are just magnificent! I hope some day I get to visit.
I hope so too
Dear Lady Carnarvon, wonderful write up about Roses, I love them, and have just added to my collection in memory of a dear friend who passed away last year, I have been trying to get one in her favourite colour and have finally succeeded.
This brought back memories of when I was a little girl and our garden in St. Louis was full of fragrant rose bushes. To this day, many years later, roses (especially the “American Beauty”) and lilacs which we also had, are my favorites.
The heady scent of a fragrant rose truly makes a garden! What a wonderful post about the history of your gardens and desire to incorporate more roses. Planning on a visit in late Spring 2023.
From “These Beauties Make Me Die”
“With this there is a red
Exceeds the damask rose,
Which in her cheeks is spread,
“Whence every favour grows;
In sky there is no star
That she surmounts not far.
When Phoebus from the bed
Of Thetis doth arise,
The morning, blushing red,
In fair carnation wise,
He shows it in her face
As queen of every grace.
This pleasant lily-white,
This taint of roseate red,
This Cynthia’s silver light,
This sweet fair Dea spread,
These sunbeams in mine eye,
These beauties make me die.” – Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford
In Sonnets and Works: ‘as sweet as damask roses’ (Win., 4.4.220); ‘I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks’ (Sonnets, 130.5-6); ‘With cherry lips and cheeks of damask roses’ (Kins., 4.1.74); cf. ‘feed on her damask cheek’ (Twelfth, 2.4.112).
The gardens are beautiful. You must have a fulltime gardener to keep them looking so lush. I have a David Austin rose, Darcey Bussel in my garden which looks much like the first one pictured. It has a wonderful fragrance.
This reminded me of teaching Shakespeare to students in grade 8 – about 13 years old – then planting a Shakespeare garden and celebrating his birthday with cake. It was fun to have the students go through the play and find herbs and flowers for the garden. There were definitely roses! Yours are lovely. Thank you for sharing.
As you describe your roses I could almost smell their fragrances! That is my favorite scent for soaps, lotions, and cologne. Have your roses inspired gifts for the Gift Shop at Highclere? If they have, I look forward to visiting your shop again for rose items!
Loved this beautiful article. I am a lover of roses too and I so wish I could visit Highclere and witness all the beauty and the love you have invested.
I look forward to you visiting soon
Thank you so much for this post. I only have about 30 rose plants, but they are a highlight of my gardens. I have several David Austin’s and if memory serves one of my plants is a Scepter’d Isle Rose.
As they are now in full bloom your post is most timely and appreciated. Thank you again.
I live in seattle
Have 150 roses
LADY CARNARVON I must say they look absolutely beautiful and what a sad yet beautiful story you told I love how you showed the different shades and I am sure just sitting out in the rose garden must smell so beautiful as they are blooming!!!! Thank you so very much for sharing and what is quite odd , last night i was watching the Scotland and England version of someone buying a home and they take you to 3 different homes and the last house is the mystery house, usually a grade 1 or 2 home but he also went to a rose garden and interviewed the guy who runs it and how many of the roses date back to the 17th century and how many of the queens had different roses planted and they still thrive today and your rose garden looks just as beautiful as what i saw last night on that tv show I would love to own a castle and have a rose garden as well as a maze and fountains where people can sit by the fountain and look at all the beauty I absolutely love your rose garden Amazing Job and Bravo to the one who keeps them looking beautiful love always Andrew nemeth from central florida
Lady Carnarvon, Your knowledge and expertise in not only literature but also the beautiful rose is much appreciated. I too love the beauty and scent of a rose. Your photos are lovely and most informative! Thank you for sharing another most enjoyable posting on your beloved website.
Carol Nichols, Sherwood, OR
I have learned the hard way to wear heavy work gloves and long sleeves when trimming Bougainvillea. This vine has thorns much worse than Roses. With my bare hands I have always bled with this vine. I know it’s not roses and is a tropical vine from the South Pacific Solomon Islands that grows profusely in South Florida often climbing other trees. Rises are prettier and have greater color varieties. Will you have the 2nd Downton Abbey movie shot at Highclere again?
Thank you so much for these windows you open in our lives.
Thank you for being a member of the Monday blog!
Dear Lady Carnavon,
Thank you for this beautiful and interesting text. I love the idea of a « roseraie » in memory of your mother.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for your love of life and Roses. This reminded me of your visit here in Tyler. We hope you return sometime and maybe we can send you some of our local roses.
Enjoy your beautiful summer and lovely landscapes,
Thank you I loved my visit to Tyler – how kind of you to remember
It is so nice to see your rose garden coming along in pictures, but I am wondering if you have any old photographs or pictures of paintings of the gardens as they were generations ago? I was really amazed by doing some research, how many pictures I could find showing the Rose garden at Gravetye Manor, where now they grow a wide lawn. It probably once looked like the rose garden at Kiftsgate in the Cotswolds. Maybe you have plant lists or receipts or records from the gardeners. I would just love to see the old gardens or imagine them. Gardens don’t stay they same, your wildflower and meadows give a really nice country feel. There is a certain feeling, I have had it before, when we had to stop driving along a grassy field in 90 degree weather in Virgina USA, the wildflowers and the smell of grass and hay floating on the heat of the day, is just as nice as roses…
This is my next book Seasons at Highclere – i hope you will LOVE it! (Ps you preorder on Amazon!!!)
it is amazing how a good writing can entice the senses to come alive! throughout my reading of your description of your gardens, i realized that I was smelling the sweet aroma of the roses in my grandmothers yard. she has long passed (2000) and her flowers have been replaced by the new owners with this or that, but your words brought forth the memories of the fragrances i grew up with. What a surprise and appreciated delight!
thank you for that!!!!!
PS I look forward to seeing those gardens in Sept.
when are you visiting?
I will be bringing the 10 ladies from Washington state on Sept 11th, of this year. we are all very excited!
I look forward to greeting you on 11th September
Lady Carnarvon, that will be the highlight of our Great Britain tour!
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
Thank you for last week Monday’s blog on the subject of Roses. Even though the topic was previously addressed in this venue and on Instagram, I truly enjoyed reading it.
I appreciated learning a brief general history of roses, and looking at all the beautiful pictures in the gardens and around the Castle.
I was sorry to learn that you have lost your mother, but what a thoughtful tribute to her and her memory by creating an arbor of select roses.
As you may recall, I had purchased the Weeks’ Downton Abbey series rose bush “Pretty Lady Rose”, but lost it in the growing process; see my e-mail to you and your garden staff dated 12/22/2020. Unfortunately, these particular rose bushes are no longer available in Michigan, so I am unable to do a second attempt. I am so disappointed.
I am curious, though. Does Highclere Castle produce perfume, potpourri, or tea leaves from the roses in its’ garden(s) for resale in the Gift Shop?
Until tomorrow for this coming week’s blog.
Sorry to hear you cannot purchase another rose for your garden
I so enjoy reading your blog every week. Your roses are beautiful, Lady Carnarvon! Thank you for sharing your garden with us.
Lady C. I love your roses and used to grow many myself. I lost both hips and usage of legs 3 years ago(due to hospital negligence) and look out my window daily dreaming of working in my flower and rose gardens.If God wills I may try to get 1 hip put back in just to enjoy my yard. I miss it and sometimes my cheeks are filled with tears trying to go back in time. Appreciate every day with your roses and flower gardens. God’s Love For You. Connie in Missouri
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Your rose photos are stunning, truly a unique, lovely flower worldwide. Also the Highclere architecture reminds me of Mentmore Towers where I lived for 2 years in my youth! I have a question about family history. I wonder did one of the Earls have a connection with Madeira? I ask because my grandfather, Herbert Jeffries, went to Madeira regularly as a boy (c. 1880)with his father John, who may have worked for your family. Apparently they took the Jeffries family with them to Madeira for a summer break. I think John Jeffries was from Kintbury, near Newbury. All this emerged when I saw my aunt (neé Jeffries) in her old age in 2005 and told her I had been to Madeira recently. I realise I may be barking totally up the wrong tree!
I would be grateful for any information.
You are correct I would love to hear you stories and will find out what I can [email protected]
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for your interest, I look forward to hearing from you.
I am trying to track down an old photo of my grandfather Herbert T. Jeffries, taken at a studio in Newbury c. 1890.
He subsequently moved to Kidderminster where my mother Mary Jeffries grew up, also Newton Abbot and finally Birmingham, where I was born in 1950.
Can you see who the photographer was? That might help you
Hello, thanks for the lovely article and beautiful pictures May I kindly ask what is the variety/name of the pink roses that are seen on the last picture, I think that there are at least 10 roses same variety there ? We also grow lots of roses in a Hertfordshire walled garden and share this passion
Fantin Latour I think