If there is one rose in my garden that out-flowers them all, it is ‘Royal Jubilee’.

Rosa 'Royal Jubilee' (3)

Do you like its perfect globes of flowers?  Are you tempted to stick your finger or nose into that hole?  Do you like the scalloped petals that fold over so protectively?  It can look up, but it likes to gaze downwards just as much.  Here it is, meditating.


Each flower is just larger than a tennis ball.  They open out slightly in the sun, and then get heavy as they age.  They fit fatly in the hand.

Rosa ‘Royal Jubilee’

I utterly love deadheading this rose. I wait until the flower has gone ponderous. The flowers pale slightly at this stage. I cup the flower in my hand. Sometimes that is just too much for it. It sighs and lets go its petals. There is a little sound as it does so, and the petals land heavily in my palm. Then I plop it in my bucket.  And the petals shower down.


I like to make a sport of throwing the deadheads in the bucket.  I was rubbish at netball at school, but clearly I hadn’t found my motivation.  Now I can shoot roses at the waiting bucket, my goal-scoring record is prodigious.  I rarely miss.

If I do, I fail spectacularly.  The petals fly off in mid-air like a fat dove exploding.


The rate of blooming is incredible.  These three shrubs will easily fill a bucket if I deadhead every other day.

When this first, middle flower goes limp and heavy, out come my snippers.  It is so satisfying.  Then the surrounding crown of fat buds have room to breathe.


Very occasionally I will snip the wrong stem and get a bud instead.  I utter a mortified apology.  But this rose is very gracious, and never sulks.  Look at its beatific glow!


‘Royal Jubilee’ has lovely foliage, edged with maroon.  This is a tall shrub rose, about my height.  I prune it back to a metre in January, and up it rises.  It is magnificent.

The only problem I have ever encountered with this rose in three years of growing it, is this:

Rosa 'Royal Jubilee' hole-punched

It seems to have been hole-punched.  Whatever gave it these polka-dots must have munched through when it was a tight little bud, and when it has opened out the hole is repeated.  I used to love doing this with paper, to make doilies.  I applaud the creative endeavour.  And it makes a nice change.

I should mention that the rose petals have a papery texture.  This took me by surprise when it first flowered. I was expecting something silken.  Variety is the spice of life though, and I now wouldn’t have it any other way.


And the scent?  Oh my stars!  The flowers are at head-level.  They exhale and I get the fumes.

I am quite overcome.  If I had to do a drug-test I would fail.  I am intoxicated.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Nat says:

    Wow Ali. Your new camera is marvelous! I’m being converted one post at a time. You’ll make a rose lover out of me yet. Keep them coming please 🌸😊🌸

    1. Ali says:

      Nat, you always say the loveliest things. Thank you.

  2. Susan Beard. says:

    Thank you for your brilliant photos and the good information. I’m learning loads…now all I have to do …is remember.. ✨😀👍🌾✨

  3. Susan Beard. says:

    By the way.. Your clock is an hour slow.. 😂

    1. Ali says:

      Oh, I keep meaning to look at that! No idea how to change, but here goes…

      1. Ali says:

        Oh, what do you know? It was easy!

  4. Penny Post says:

    Great shots. The holes look like someone has taken a hole punch to the petals.

  5. Love your post. You always make me laugh with your sense of humor and start my day off on a lovely note. Love the pondering rose. I can see why you love this one so much.

    1. Ali says:

      Ah, thanks Cindy! Sometimes I make myself laugh!

  6. Heyjude says:

    I’m smiling again. I just love your roses, and specifically your love of roses 🙂

  7. Clare Pooley says:

    I was rubbish at netball as well but I too, can score goals with dead-headed flowers! I’m loving your roses! Ours have only just begun to flower; the Rosa Mundi is looking good.

  8. This is one beautiful rose, holes or not. 🙂

    1. Ali says:

      The holes give it character.

  9. Carla English says:

    Hello, I love your blog! Was wondering if Royal Jubilee is bushy and dense or is she tall and sparse? Trying to figure out where I will plant her.

    1. Thank you Carla! Royal Jubilee is both tall and bushy; the growth tends to be upright, but there are lots of stems, so it forms a nice dense thicket with lots of healthy foliage. I grow three together and so the whole patch is about 1.5m x 1.8m (width x height). It is one of the tallest roses I grow. It grows consistently tall, with all the stems reaching for the skies (some varieties show uneven growth, but RJ is very even and consistent).

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