Of my white or pale roses, 'Winchester Cathedral' seems to be least affected by thrips. Sometimes the flowers have this cute button eye.
More often is has this loose blowsy form.
There is a brief cup-shaped stage.
'Winchester Cathedral' is not without its problems, however. Foliage easily mildews. The flowers don't last very long. The pink blush looks dingy from a distance. The fragrance is very odd. As David Austin describes it, "There is delicious Old Rose fragrance with hints of honey and almond blossom, which becomes much stronger in warmer weather." I first smelled this rose at the grocery store, where to my surprise they were selling it, and it was delicious and strong. But growing it, to my nose, yes, there is rose fragrance, but a distinct hint of Porta-Potty.