jueves, 26 de abril de 2018

In Praise of Roses

In this entry I want to pay homage to the Rose, the Queen of Flowers, there is no finer botanical royalty.

The Rose

The lily has a smooth stalk,
Will never hurt your hand;
But the rose upon her brier
Is lady of the land.

There's sweetness in an apple tree,
And profit in the corn;
But lady of all beauty
Is a rose upon a thorn.

When with moss and honey
She tips her bending brier,
And half unfolds her glowing heart,
She sets the world on fire.

Christina Rossetti 

"Divine rose cultivated with such grace
you are, with all your fragrant subtlety,
a scarlet master class in loveliness.."

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

"Don't add any more touches, that is what a rose is like!"

Juan Ramón Jiménez

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”

Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

See you next time!

viernes, 20 de abril de 2018

Endless rain..

 It has been raining almost non-stop since Monday, this keeps me from gardening but I love the sight of rain drops on flowers and leaves!

This Rose Madame Driout hadn't bloomed since 2016 or so, she only sent up blind shoots but finally she decided to bloom again this year.

I don't really like Hibiscus but this large flowered variety is quite impressive

Abutilon striatum

One of the last water lilies..

See you next time!

miércoles, 4 de abril de 2018

Autumn flowers

Thank Goodness Summer Is Over! Days ares still quite warm but not unbearably hot. The Roses are slowly recovering from the horrible summer.

Pat Austin: I can't believe how fast this rosebush grows and blooms! This cultivar is truly exceptional!



Rina Hugo

Julia's Rose

Unidentified orange rose

Peace/Gloria Dei

Unidentified climber

Unidentified yellow roses

This one is a climber

Jubilee du Prince de Monaco


Winchester Cathedral

Unidentified pink rose, the oldest rose in my garden.

There still some water lilies blooming, but most of them are getting ready to sleep: they love extreme heat and as soon as days begin to get cool they retreat and grow their underwater winter foliage.

I don't know the name of this plant. it's nice but very invasive

Mirabilis Jalapa

A pretty fuchsia bloom

The last hydrangea bloom till spring


See you next time!