As I write, the beautiful Dreaming Spires climbing roses in my garden are coming to an end.
I've been quite thorough in my deadheading of them to encourage them to flower again in the autumn. But I accidentally removed this very much 'alive' head. And, on my kitchen table, it has provided me with a cheerful reminder of summer on days when the weather has been anything but summery!
In other years, when I've had more time, I've painted this rose in watercolour . . . read more