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Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

This is the English shrub rose Winchester Cathedral. It has a very unusual, strong fragrance which has been compared to myrrh.  It is a sport of the pink rose, Mary Rose.

1999 winchester cathedral

Winchester Cathedral was the first of my English roses to bloom in 1999; this is the first blossom.  The photo above is as it was starting to open; the photo below is after it has fully opened.

1999 winchester cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is in the midst of a final flush for 1999.

1999 winchester cathedral

Here's the first Winchester Cathedral bud beginning to open in the year 2000.

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Here it is fully opened a few days later.

2000 winchester cathedral

Mid-November, and Winchester Cathedral is saying farewell to 2000 in fine style!

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Winchester Cathedral has joined the other roses in the mid-May, 2001 bloom.

2001 Winchester Cathedral

2001 Winchester Cathedral

It's May of 2002, and Winchester Cathedral has started to bloom with this gorgeous specimen!

2002 Winchester Cathedral

A couple of days later and the entire shrub has erupted into bloom.

2002 Winchester Cathedral

2002 Winchester Cathedral

In late May of 2003, Winchester Cathedral became the second rose to bloom with a cluster of four flowers.  Unfortunately, due to a lot of rain, by the time I got to photograph is, two had already lost their petals. ::sigh::

2003 Winchester Cathedral

2003 Winchester Cathedral

2003 Winchester Cathedral

2003 Winchester Cathedral

2003 Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is into its second flush at the end of July.

2003 Winchester Cathedral

It's mid-October and Winchester Cathedral is still in bloom.

2003 Winchester Cathedral

The second of November and the bloom continues!

2003 Winchester Cathedral

It's late May 2004 and Winchester Cathedral is the fifth rose to bloom.

2004 Winchester Cathedral

2004 Winchester Cathedral

2004 Winchester Cathedral

It's now early August; the summer has been cool and very wet and the roses haven't appreciated it.  Some, however, are once again in bloom.

2004 Winchester Cathedral

It's mid-May 2005 and Winchester Cathedral has become the second rose to bloom.

2005 Winchester Cathedral

Fully opened it looks like this.

2005 Winchester Cathedral

Here's a second blossom.

2005 Winchester Cathedral

2005 Winchester Cathedral

2005 Winchester Cathedral

2005 Winchester Cathedral

2005 Winchester Cathedral

The second week of May 2006 brings us the first bloom of Winchester Cathedral.

2006 Winchester Cathedral

Here's a big fat bud just starting to open.

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

Late July and Winchester Cathedral has opened a small flower.

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

It's now early August; Winchester Cathedral has opened another blossom.

2006 Winchester Cathedral

Late August ....

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

It's late October; Winchester Cathedral is back in bloom.

2006 Winchester Cathedral

Late November sees a few more flowers.

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

It's the very last day of November and Winchester Cathedral is having a flush!

2006 Winchester Cathedral

2006 Winchester Cathedral

On 20 May 2007, Winchester Cathedral tied with Heritage and Red Ribbons to become the third rose to bloom.

2007 winchester cathedral

Memorial Day weekend brings more blooms.

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

Early August finds Winchester Cathedral once more in bloom.

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

September finds Winchester Cathedral still in bloom.

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

2007 winchester cathedral

The end of September and still in bloom!

2007 winchester cathedral

It's mid-May 2008 and Winchester Cathedral has borne its first blossom.

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

Now June ....

2008 winchester cathedral

2008 winchester cathedral

Winchester Cathedral has opened its first bloom in mid-May 2009.

2009 winchester cathedral

2009 winchester cathedral

We're getting toward the end of May 2010 and Winchester Cathedral has begun to bloom.

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

Late June/early July.

2010 winchester cathedral

2010 winchester cathedral

Winchester Cathedral has bloomed in mid-May 2011.

2011 winchester cathedral

2011 winchester cathedral

2011 winchester cathedral

2011 winchester cathedral

2011 winchester cathedral

The winter of 2013 to 2014 was horrendous.  I have never experienced the kind of losses in the garden that I did this past winter.  For the last couple of years, Winchester Cathedral hasn't done too well given how it's been overshadowed by Sweet Juliet.  I don't suppose it was a terrible surprise when I found that it was yet another casualty of the winter, but it's been with me for a long time and I'll miss its refreshingly different fragrance.



Last Updated: 08 Jan 2015

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