We lived in the tropical north of Australia for 14 years and one of things I missed most was the inability to grown roses - they don't like humidity (and nor do I). The first thing I did when we moved south to cooler conditions was to plant roses. I wasn't successful with some, but others have flourished very well. Here are a few of my favourites in the garden.
Five or so years ago I cleaned out a section of my front garden that had become overgrown, an area I hadn't touched before. In the process of removing all the plants I found a tiny thin rose bush, a foot in height - hard to call it a bush as it only had a single stem and a few leaves. It had been hidden from sunlight and water for many years but had not given up and was struggling to live. I dug up the rose and planted it somewhere sunny with better soil and gave it water and fertiliser . In the first year it grew a little but no roses to be seen. The second year it produced one small rose, nothing fancy. The next year it grew a little bigger and had 2 stems. This year it has doubled in size and produced this magnificent rose. It was truly beautiful in every way.
I have a wonderful friend called Narelle - she will do anything for anyone. She is the lady who organises all our theatre outings (plus our trips to restaurants) and she does it because she loves to do things for others. A few years ago I helped her write a job application and in return she gave me this gorgeous rose bush. It has such a delicate colour and very feminine, which I hope I have captured in this photograph.
This rose you would have seen on my banner - its beautiful but no one for picking as it doesn't last very long inside. Its an older rose and once again neglected for many years, hidden away under a tree until it was rescue and replanted somewhere sunny. Every year it produces these wonderful flowers.
I have included this one as it is called a Banskia Rose - not technically part of the rose family, but just as beautiful. Its a creeper and likes to drape over things and hang down like a bridal veil with these delicate butter yellow flowers. Its gorgeous and it never needs my care or watering. Its a tough plant in drought areas.
I haven't been very inspired this week with writing blog stories - my apologies.
How have you all been?