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.
The many-petalled flowers of rose ‘Pierre Ronsard’ trap the rain and decay rapidly in humid weather
‘Blue’ or purple tints in rose flowers seem to be especially vulnerable to rain damage
Fresh new flowers of Rosa multiflora show no signs of last night’s thunderstorm
Varieties bread from Rosa multiflora share their parent’s robust characteristics – this one is ‘Thalia’, a variety introduced in 1895
The sweetly scented flowers of ‘Veichenblau’ – a multiflora hybrid introduced in 1869 – look dusky purple in real life
‘Meg’ – a ‘modern’ climbing rose introduced in 1954 – was the bees’ first choice in the Jardin des Plantes today