How are we all? Here in England we are back into the first weekend of lockdown#2 and at the end of a nail-biting week in the US presidential elections. have had butterflies in my stomach all week so I can’t begin to imagine for those of you living in the US.
So it is calming to look around the garden and join in with The Propagator and his international gang showing six things from our gardens. This week mine are all roses, because it has just been so gorgeous to see them blooming in the November sun. What the universe take the away with one hand, she giveth with the other…
1. Inherited white rose #1
I’m sure some of you have tried to help me identify this one in the past. The previous owners of our house seemed to favour white roses with a tinge of pink. This is the one in our front garden that likes to reach out and scratch passers-by.
2. Inherited white rose #2
This one is in our back garden and I’m not sure this bud will ever open fully but it’s so perfect as it is.
3. Rosa Vanessa Bell
The thing about November roses is they can be ragged around the edges but you forgive them completely because it’s just so darned lovely to see them still in flower. This is Vanessa in her later years, sitting darning by the fire at Charleston farmhouse, a little faded but still quite beautiful.
4. Rosa Tess of the d’Urbevilles
Of course Thomas Harry’s heroine is the exception to this rule and is still dazzling in the autumn sun.
5. Rosa Lady Emma Hamilton
Named for Nelson’s lover, this rose the colour of Turner’s Fighting Temeraire is in too shady a spot. But I was advised by someone who knew – I forget who now – to leave her for another year or two to see if she beds in.
6. Rosa Lady of Shalott
There are so many new buds on this rose, she must think it’s Spring. One of my all times favourites, she delights from May to November.
Now, mustn’t forget to take advantage of David Austin’s 15% off offer before Friday 13 so that I have more roses to include in next year’s SoS!