An abundance of roses

I’m a relatively new convert to roses, since our cycle trip to the Loire in fact. Before that I’d never really seen their appeal, or rather smelt their appeal. But on that holiday the scent got under my nose, and I started to get it. I don’t have the greatest sense of smell, which I always say to MOH is to his advantage, but even since I’ve learn the roses scent (that sounds better than smell), it’s one that’s stayed with me and I can sniff it out. Not quite a thousand paces, but it’s definitely identifiable, even in a tent full of flowers.

That tent was the Grand Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show. But just look at the roses, and how inviting does that bench look?

Roses and a bench to enjoy them from

There were roses everywhere, including these arches.

rose arches at RHS Chelsea in 2018.jpg

And roses clambering over and through ‘abandoned’ stone walls. We know it’s in a tent (or pavilion) but how effective is this, and wouldn’t it be great to incorporate some old architecture like this into our own gardens, just to fill it up with roses?

Roses climbing through stone features in the grand pavilion

If you weren’t convinced before, then this surely has to help?

roses and ruins couldn't look any prettier

Once again nature demonstrates that not everything has to be colour coordinated, with the various shades of roses looking great together. I think sometimes we get a bit too caught up on having everything matching, or matchy-matchy as I often call it.

Pink roses of all colours
Su Pollard whose personality shone through

It was at this stand that I bumped into Su Pollard, who was all too happy to post for a photo as you can see. She was lovely, completely zany, and full of life. I think that comes through in the photo too! And also a fan of roses it seems, not sure I’d wear them in my hair, but her bag now that’s a different matter…

Post Comment Love 14-16 June

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Well, what have you done to the weather? When I left the country it was perfectly fine, when I came back not so much. I persevered with sandals for a couple of days this week, but reverted to trainers yesterday, though admittedly I was rather warm.

There was a slight break in the rain one evening and I took my chance to check on the garden, rescuing these peonies while I was out there. They were a bit damp, and have been in the conservatory drying off and allowing any bugs I’ve brought inside unintentionally to make themselves known. Later I’ll be moving them to where we can see them, as it seems a waste not to view them, with all their frothy loveliness.

peonies rescued from my garden

Blogger Showcase: Michael from Your Money Geek

You can read more about this week’s blogger showcase over on Morgan’s blog this week, but before you go, let me share a snippet or two. Michael is married to Mrs Money Geek and they have two children, who like many others, are growing up way too fast. Michael says he wouldn’t survive without coffee and says that he thinks the kids appreciate his enjoyment of Lego and video games just as much as they do.

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My garden in May

Looking back at the photos of my garden in May it’s clear that as well as the rain, the flowers started to come and in plenty of colours too. I popped out into the garden yesterday evening, during a short break in the rain and was struck by the light and how it bounced off the leaves as they glistened, and the first of these photos do that too.


It’s odd though to see the weigela flowering at the same time as the camellia. But with the latter being extremely late this year, and not really making too much of a go of it, this year we had pinks on opposite sides of the garden at the same time.

a camelia finally

At the back of the garden the Lords and Ladies next to the small Christmas tree (which you can just about see in the background) have really taken hold. The leaves are huge, and this one made me do a double take. I’m sure I’m not the only one that sees a pair of ears and a long face?

Lords and ladies, but bunny shaped

There were some fine days this month too, and in the border by the patio this delicate white bulb appeared. I’m not sure exactly what it is, if it’s something I’ve planted, or something that’s arrived of its own accord. It seems to be the only one of its kind, so who knows, it’s pretty though.

Pretty white flowers but no idea what they are.jpg

This year I’ve had quite some success with the alliums. Still not quite as many as I’d like, but the most I’ve had.  And considering I’ve not planted any new bulbs, or done anything to them, I’m calling this a win.  Every year I say I’ll have more alliums, and one year I’ll get around to planting some to increase my chances of success.

alliums shining through

The rest of the patio bed, and the fences and above those too have been covered with flowers from the Chilean potato plant. They’re pretty flowers, but once the plant takes hold, it’s prolific and needs a good trim to keep it under control.

flowers from the chilean potato plant

As I checked behind the gabion basket planters - which are a great place to stow pots over winter to protect them from frost - I spotted a geranium which had over-wintered there, and already in flower. I’m sure it’s much paler in colour than it was last year, but unusually for me, I’m quite taken with the pastel version.

a pale geranium

There is a bit of a theme with the pastels though, these daisies were planted as plug plants a year or so ago in the sleeper bed, and finally they’re doing what I want them to do: providing ground cover, tumbling down the sleepers and looking pretty.  A job well done, now all I need to do is stop MOH removing them as “weeds”…

daisies in the flowerbed

Under the lilac we’ve another addition that is not of our doing, some buttercups. They’re pretty, but I’m sure they won’t be staying long term.


And already there are plenty of cherries on the tree.  I think the year’s I don’t hold out much hope for actually eating any of them, or beating the pigeons to them, I’m always surprised.  We were away last week and had the weather been good, and continued the same then it’s likely that they’d all, or mostly, be gone by the time we got back.  But the good news is, they’re still there so the race is on to see who gets to them first, or if this year we’ll share fairly - but more on that next month!

the start of our cherries

In the middle of the garden in recent years we’ve discovered, or rather uncovered, a pyracantha.  They are the prickliest of plants, and their pretty delicate flowers defy the viciousness beneath.  As we’ve cut more of the plants around it back, and given it some space, it’s thrived, and this year there’s been boughs of jewelled branches which have been easily to spot from the house.

miniature flowers on the pyracantha

It’s got to the point though that this too needs a trim, as does the large - and growing back at a rate of knots - euonymus.  Both are plants that will fill our compost bins quite quickly, and if we’re not careful the pyracantha will leave its mark, if not its thorns, in our gardening gloves and skin.  Cutting them back, is definitely on the list of jobs for June, along with many more - hopefully the rain will stop again so we can start to bring this part of our garden back under control.

I’ll share how we get on next month, and I’ll let you know how we fared with the cherries too!