Hatfield Rose - supplied from Burncoose in March 1998
Most flowerheads were mauve, but the last two
to open were a clean pink and stayed pink.
By September 12, even the pink florets had changed. In July, they’d each had neatly overlapping sepals, giving a tidy head of touching cupped florets. Now the sepals of the same floret scarcely touched, but jostled those of neighbouring florets, causing the head to look untidy.
Ladybirds seemed to enjoy the
Hatfield Rose is supposed to be a red hydrangea, but ours is no more than pink at the very best.
[All these photos
are from 2005.]