Spring has burst into our garden. The rose bushes are covered in blooms. They seem to be bigger and more vibrant this year. Perhaps it was the wet winter we had. The first flush of aphids has disappeared. Here’s a few photos I took today.
The rose on the top left looks a bit odd. It has been a survivor. One of our neighbour’s houses was demolished a couple of years ago to make way for a new build. They said we could help ourselves to whatever we wanted from their garden. Shalini took it in her head to go take some rose clippings. Their rose bushes were decades old. She shoved the cuttings all together into some soil in a cut off cardboard milk carton. Lo and behold one lot started to grow! We planted it last year. It looks a bit weird, but it’s growing and flowering.
Next to that bush is a rose called Soul Sister. It is the most exquisite rose, turning from a coffee latte colour to a dusky pink as it ages. The bush is always covered in blooms.
They will all keep producing flowers the whole season when regularly tip pruned.
Left on the bottom is what I call Mum’s rose. We planted it after she died, next to Dad’s rose (on the right). It is a fund raising Alzheimer Assoc Memory Rose. Both bushes are flush with flowers. Interestingly, the bushes are interweaved.
These flowering pot plants Shalini bought me a few years ago. The top left one has gone crazy since I put it out on my decking. And the orchid has bloomed for the first time ever. I’m so proud. It’s thriving on neglect, I think!
© Raili Tanska
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