In Kew Gardens the roses were only just starting to come into flower but back in Paris the roses in the Jardin des Plantes are in full bloom.  After two nights of heavy rain the large, many petalled flowers are looking the worse for wear.  This is when the simple flowers of rose species and their wild-type varieties come into their own; the tightly-furled buds shed water easily and open quickly to offer fresh nectar to passing bees.