There are roses…and then there are Margaret Merril roses. They have the most incredible scent and gorgeous petals to boot. In bud, you may not pay them much attention. But oh my…when their delicate petals unfurl to reveal distinctive golden yellow stamens and their scent becomes apparent, that’s when you can fully appreciate what a very special rose they are.
These particular Margaret Merril roses came from Zest Flowers, who are one of our Flowerona workshop sponsors. Based at New Covent Garden Flower Market in London, Zest have a very popular ‘British Flowers’ area on their stand. And at the moment, they have a wonderful selection of not only English roses but also lots of other homegrown blooms.
If you’re not a florist, Margaret Merril roses can be found gracing glorious bouquets by The Real Flower Company. Here are examples of three designs which they currently have available on their website:
Alternatively, for the green-fingered amongst you, you could consider growing a Margaret Merril rose. We inherited a plant when we moved into our house a few years ago, but unfortunately it didn’t survive when we had our garden done last year. And I really miss it. So, I’ve been on a mission to source a new one. And I’ve recently discovered that they’re readily available online from companies such as Harkness Roses, David Austin, Peter Beales and Crocus. I’m planning on ordering one very shortly!
(Images : Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona & The Real Flower Company)