|This photo is a few years old now and the Alchemist, on the left, has spread quite a lot further - now the Alchemist reaches almost up to the bedroom window!|
It was just a very neat, square patch of grass, some fruit trees up against the neighbour’s wall, a few miserable shrubs and some bush roses. Decidedly dreary!
One of the first things I did was move the shrubs and roses to the front garden, one each day so as not to strain my dodgy back.
I must admit, I’m not a great fan of bush roses.
Maybe it’s because they’re not very sociable, they don’t much like to be planted in beds with other flowers. And if they do tolerate sharing a bed with other plants, I always think they look about out of place.
Not the case with climbing and rambling roses – my favourites!
|My favourite, Albertine, last summer - the best view from my bedroom window!|
My garden is small with high walls on all sides, the garage at the far end, the house at the near end and walls, topped with trellis on the other two sides.
|Roses round the door!|
Although I love the privacy and shelter it gives me, it also means that sunlight on the flower beds is limited so the plants grow up towards the light – perfect for climbers and ramblers.
|I could almost pick these Albertine Roses from the bedroom window!|
Here's one of my 'Albertine' June Birthday Cards:
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This year, for the first time, my Dreaming Spires has climbed all over the Albertine which is ready to flower once the Dreaming Spires has finished – for now! (It often flowers again later in the summer if I dead-head it regularly.)
|Most of my roses were bargains from a local DIY store. |
This Metanoia is another one that keeps changing colour
and it didn't cost much more than £2!
You can read about the meanings of roses HERE – though I’ve read elsewhere that yellow roses can signify jealousy or infidelity. So beware!
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|As well as the gorgeous colours, the Albertine|
has a very distinctive (and wonderful!) fragrance.
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds 'round my neck" - Emma Goldman
I agree - how about you?