My roses are finally getting properly in their stride now, after planting in 2012/13. Apart from ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ (whose buds have turned into an unpleasant grey mush) all are actually flowering quite well in spite of our very heavy rain.
This weekend I was admiring ‘Benjamin Britten’ … probably for the first time since it was planted! It’s a very tall rose that has been a little afflicted by black spot since I’ve had it – but strong growing nonetheless and finally making more of a bush instead of the tall gangly sticks of the last few years. And flowering well in the rain (don’t talk to me about black spot).
Quite an unusual colour – David Austen describes it as a strong salmon-pink that changes with age to deep pink. It has a tendency to be a little two-tone, verging on orange in parts.
Today I thought it would be nice to celebrate the fact that the elder has just started flowering here, and I’ve added a few blue nigella, as much for the different shape/texture as for the colour.
Now go on over to Cathy’s blog at Rambling in the Garden and have a look at all the creative arrangements that everyone else has produced this Monday.