Friday, 19 June 2015


Stepping out in to the garden at this time of year, I am immediately hit by the heady, intoxicating scent roses....

The 'Pink Rose Garden' bordering the kitchen garden is awash with gorgeous, feminine, shades of pink...

 Predominantly the gently pale hues of 'Sweet Hermione'....

 Mixed with some 'Rose of England' and 'Princess Charlotte'.

I adore all of them...

On the other side of the house, viewed from the end of our kitchen, we have this year, the most spectacular display of 'Iceberg' roses...

Planted within their three box edged squares only four years ago, I can not believe how these beds have suddenly matured...

An explosion of white, which is stunningly illuminated at night.

This beautiful 'Iceberg' variety just flowers and flowers, and in recent milder winters, we have still been able to cut a few blooms for our Christmas lunch table.

Mmm....I think we may have quite a bit of dead heading ahead of us.....but oh so worth it!

Do you have a favourite Rose variety?

I would love to hear!


'Mr. Sophia Home' and I are fortunate to be slipping away on Sunday for a holiday, to the beautiful Greek island of Corfu.  A week of relaxation and good food and wine is planned.  Returning for the second time to the stunning Rou Estate in the North East of the island, we can hardly wait.  I look forward to sharing some pictures on my return, particularly of their beautiful renowned gardens, but in the meantime you can follow me on Instagram @sophiahomelifestyle or by clicking on the link at the top of this page!

Wishing you a very happy week ahead...

Sophia xx


  1. Wow, what a stunning collection of roses. I have never planted iceberg, I am rather tempted to find a home for them in my garden. Have a fabulous holiday Sophia x x

  2. Wow Sophia, you have quite a selection of beautiful roses! I had iceberg roses in South Africa and I've just planted three more here, forgetting how terribly fragile they are, just looking at them their petals fall off! Wishing you a lovely holiday. Sharon

  3. What a beautiful garden and display of roses; it is especially lovely to see all the Iceberg roses as I planted three earlier this year and now I am looking forward even more to them establishing themselves. We also have 'Gertrude Jekyll' in our garden which is the first rose to flower, seems fairly prolific and smells amazing, I would definitely recommend that. Emma

  4. Absolutely stunning Sophia! The pruning will certainly keep you busy. I love David Austin roses and their beautiful fragrance ~ especially the climbing variety over an archway. I hope the Princess Charlotte rose will be available in Australia. Wishing you and Mr SH a wonderful holiday.
    Debbie x