It was my sister's eighteenth recently and as part of the celebrations I was lucky enough to find myself in my absolute favourite place in the world, Regents Park in London, during rose season!
Every single rose was admired and smelt by everybody. I wish I could capture the scent of them to bring to you! A smell straight from farmed Turkish rose fields or the kitchens of Lush Oxford Street (a story for another time). Reading the names of the roses is my favourite pastime and at the foot of every bush is a little plaque detailing the name of each rose, some with very curious titles! "Deep Secret" "Lovely Lady" and very happily "Ice Cream" - a rose by any other name!
The rose season is definitely one of my favourite times of year and something I anticipate for months
a whole year in advance. I love swooning over the pretty shades, sitting beneath the untidy, sprawling boughs and canopies that overlook hanging benches, as well as admiring the neatly pruned bushes and shrubs. I really envy my sister to have a birthday in June, there must be nothing better than to go and see their roses at their prime on your birthday!
I thought I would throw in a snap of this stunning lilac silver rose in the centre as it completely stole my heart: appropriately named 'Silver Shadow'. The pink roses are also my favourites, they are so swoon worthy in season and come in all romantic shades of fuscia, blush, barely there, dusky pinks, rouge, a carpet of petals collecting beneath them on the grass.
Do check it out if you're ever in the area, it's such a beautiful place! It is said that the best times to visit are in the first few weeks of June, but there are always a few late blooms when I visit in August. Roses are truly one of nature's wonders, a lazy day spent reading in a rose garden
with croissants on hand would be my perfect summers day haha.
Catch my previous Regents Park diaries here, featuring the park in August! From bluebells, to frangipani, to roses, which flowers are your favourites? Let me know in the comments! ♡