A tale of two roses

About two weeks ago the BV (Bon Viveur, alias my husband) informed me after his morning walk around the garden that rose ‘Ferdinand Pichard’ looked exactly the same as ‘Rosa Mundi’ (also known as Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’). They are streets apart in looks and history, but it got me thinking. So here’s the Fair Rosamund … Continue reading A tale of two roses

Rāhui Day 46

I can’t quite get my head around this. Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ was flowering in April (as it should) and is still flowering. Normally ‘Blairii No.2’ is the next to flower, but not until mid to end of May. It is already starting to flower – so much so that one bloom is at the ‘over … Continue reading Rāhui Day 46

Rāhui Day 30

What’s this all about you say? I thought we were in ‘lockdown’? Yesterday a blogger in New York (Amy Rose) commented that she found the word ‘lockdown’ (widely used in the British press and even on my beloved Channel 4 news) a bit negative, with connotations of prison. Hey Jude! (a blogger in Cornwall) says … Continue reading Rāhui Day 30

Six on Saturday

It’s been a while since I participated … Happy New Year to all the other ‘Sixers’ (may I call you that?)! Go on and read everyone else’s Six by following the links at The Propagator’s site. Fairly cold at night here, but not below about -4 degrees centigrade. A fine, sunny week, with heavy frost … Continue reading Six on Saturday

In a vase on Monday

As you all have probably gathered, I’m not too hot on the flowering arranging (lack of patience, mainly). But I do love the flowers and the photos (and the blogging friends involved in this meme). I was out in the garden this afternoon and happened to notice that ‘Crown Princess Margareta’ had more flowers than … Continue reading In a vase on Monday

In a vase on Monday

Here’s my contribution to Cathy’s meme at Rambling in the Garden. I used only dahlias and roses – and probably not as much foliage as I ought to have used! The dahlias are: ‘Karma Irene’ (red), ‘Karma Lagoon’ (purple), ‘La Recoleta’ (pom-pom, dark purple), ‘Karma Choc’, ‘Noordwijks Glory’ and the little single anemone-flowered ‘Totally Tangerine. … Continue reading In a vase on Monday