Gertrude Jekyll Rose
I know this is the David Austin rose Gertrude Jekyll by her sweetly scented pink flowers and the picture on the label. In my garden these roses don't grow well if they are crowded with other plants, and I've had to move them several times.
Gertrude Jeckyll Rose
One of my Gertrude Jekyll roses now reaches up into a smallish apple tree, and has air and sun. I grow another in the open spaces of the Willow Tree Garden by the water race.
She's a tall, elegant grower and can look rather spindly, though in my garden she makes up for this by the huge numbers of blooms. I think she's one of David Austin's older ladies...
Gertrude Jekyll Roses
English Lady Gardener
Gertrude Jekyll, of course, was a very famous English lady gardener and writer. She has many claims to fame, and I've gazed in awe at her plans of English herbaceous perennial borders. Originally on this page I had her mixed up with Vita Sackville-West, claiming that she gardened at Sissinghurst. Not so! Sorry about this. Her garden was called Munstead Wood, the name of one of my latest David Austin roses.
Obviously it's right that such a famous English gardener should have a rose named for her by such a famous English rose breeder. I've often wondered about a Moosey Rose... David Austin probably wouldn't be interested, unless my writing and gardening became as famous as Miss Jekyll's.
I'd like it to be a pink rose, though. Tall and elegant would be rather nice. With a touch of the tousled and enigmatic, hee hee...
Wet Gertrude Jekyll Roses