Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gertrude Jekyll

I first met Gertrude Jekyll in 1995 when a friend went overboard buying roses and asked if I would like some of them. Little did I know what was in store for me!

Gertrude Jekyll's pink flowers are dainty and lovely, and the fragrance is incredible. The rose fragrance is so divine it was used as the first rose essence in England for well over 250 years. You can actually smell the fragrance three feet away and when you bring a rose in the house, it will perfume an entire room.

Back to the story of Gertrude...

I moved in 2005 and really thought about uprooting her from the garden. The new owners would not miss one rose, right? But I did not. Shorty after moving, I found a Gertrude Jekyll rose at a garden store in Seattle. I bought it and gave it to my girl friend to grow as I would annually bring her bouquets. Now we would both get to enjoy Gertrude, again. And, maybe she would bring be a bouquet?

I purchased a home a year ago today. I am happy to say....

Gertrude is back!

I wish you could smell her!

Footnote: The Gertrude Jekyll rose is one of the best creations by David Austin English Roses and one of the finest pink rose flowers.


  1. Thanks for the info on Gertrude Jekyll!
    I've been wanting some fragrant roses to add to my garden.
    Do you know of others?

  2. Hi DJ,

    You are welcome!

    I have three new ones From J&P which are said to be fragrant but have yet to bloom.....

    Another fragrant rose that I remember from my previous garden is Abraham Darby also an English Rose by David Austin.

    Why plant roses if they are not fragrant, right?!

  3. What is it about David Austin varieties? Perhaps all that experience makes them spectacular...