Last of the Summer Roses

rose-thumbnailA climbing Iceberg rose is still flowering in a sheltered spot by our front door. I cut a stem today and popped it in a small vase with a few sprigs of the Rosemary which grows at it’s feet. I love having a few fresh flowers in the house and this rosemary smells delicious.


June is usually the month for roses but Rosa Iceberg is repeat flowering. Just cut the dead flower heads off after after each flush then it will flower again in a few weeks. Mine has flowered throughout the year and usually keeps going through the winter too. It’s in a sunny sheltered spot which helps to protect it from the worst winds and winter cold.


Rosa Iceberg is a good healthy rose, resistant to blackspot and mildew. Usually there are plenty of aphids on the juicy new shoots early each year. I don’t use chemicals and luckily we always have plenty of blue tits and long tailed tits to eat the aphids.

I’m joining in with In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy from Rambling in the Garden. To see more lovely flowers just click this link → In a Vase on Monday  or click this photo.  rose-header

Have you grown some flowers for cutting this week?   If not then why not plant a rose? November is a good time to plant a climbing, rambling or shrub rose and there are plenty to choose now at good garden centres and nurseries. Yes… I know they don’t look much at the moment but they will establish a good root system over winter and are full of potential blooms for next summer.

Thanks for reading, liking and commenting.   Gillian 😉

12 thoughts on “Last of the Summer Roses

    1. I really love a nice big vase full of bright flowers but a few sprigs is all this vase needs. Simple is best in this case. Thanks very much for your comment.

  1. I’ve never liked Iceberg until I saw it in your vase Gillian! The whole effect is simple and lovely. Lucky you to be able to cut rosemary at this time of year. Whenever I do that to my plants in late autumn they just die!

    1. This shrub is almost ten years old. For the first couple of years I didn’t cut it much at all but now there’s a framework of old woody stems and masses of flexible new shoots. A wild duck nests beneath it each spring. I’m sure the evergreen foliage and strong scent help her to keep her eggs and newly hatched chicks well hidden.

  2. Gillian I love the vase and how these beautiful white roses look so perfect with the rosemary. I love this combination. I am always looking for a good rose, so I will consider this one as an addition to my garden.

    1. Thanks very much for your lovely comment Donna. Iceberg is a very popular rose and is available as a bush, a standard or a climber… mine grows to about eight or nine feet each year so it’s easy to manage.

  3. That’s a really good recommendation for Iceberg – and isn’t it lovely to still have roses flowering at this time of year. I am hoping I might use some next week… Thanks for joining in and sharing your vase (and your actual vase is gorgeous too!) 🙂

  4. I love the idea of putting roses and rosemary in a vase together! And white roses are special too. Very pretty!

    1. I love all roses for cutting… I like the way the petals fall around the vase too. As for the foliage I generally cut whatever is closest to the flower. If they look good together in the garden then they usually work in a vase. Thanks very much for your lovely comment.

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