We need to talk about the weather. Over the past month, in normally dry, sunny Sussex, we have had rain of near-biblical proportions. The Winterbourne stream which runs through our town (literally winter stream) usually a trickle at this time of year, is already a torrent. I know that compared to many other parts of the world we still enjoy a temperate climate, but the night before last it was raining so hard I thought our windows were going to blow in.
All this has meant I haven’t been out in the garden anywhere near as much as usual at this time of year and have been feeling rather uninspired. In an attempt to get my gardening mojo back I popped out in between rain showers yesterday to snap roses, many of which are enjoying a second flowering despite the bad weather.
So for this week’s six, here are a few of my favourite things… Don’t forget to check out what The Propagator and his fellow SOS-ers have been up to.
- Rosa Gertrude Jekyll
This was one of the first roses to flower in our garden and she is still going strong. Gertrude Jekyll is a gardener’s favourite because she is a jolly good do-er.
2. Rosa Lady of Shalott
Another David Austin rose and also one of my very favourites. Lady of Shalott has produced an abundance of flowers throughout the summer, only pausing briefly for breath. I just love her Pre-Raphaelite sunset hues.
3. Rosa Tess of the d’Urbevilles
This crimson rose grows near to our front door and so has to withstand quite a lot of wear and tear . Now in her third year, she is still looking as beautiful as Thomas Hardy’s tragic heroine.
4. Unnamed white rose and spider web
I don’t know the variety, but this pinky white rose which we inherited in our back garden is another reliable repeat flowerer.
5. White rose
The previous occupants of our house and garden seemed to favour pinky white roses, as we have several different ones. This one looks out onto the street.
6. Rose hips
One of the lovely thing about roses at this time of year is that the hips and flowers are out at the same time. Don’t be fooled by the blue skies – it was raining again moments later!
Now, off to find some kittens’ whiskers…