Friday, 15 July 2011

friday flowers

Still loving roses this week - mixed bunches of proper, fragrant, real roses - not the genetically engineered bought-in-supermarkets, no fragrance 'fake' roses that wilt without even bothering to open...

Thing is, as far as I can tell, at least in England and in KwaZulu Natal where I'm from - hectically different climates - they're actually pretty easy to grow. They get bugs, for sure, but you kill 'em; you have to water them (duh); and you have to prune them, but that's a small price in terms of time and effort.  

The only reason I don't practise what I preach is because I don't have a garden at the moment. However, these grow in my *imaginary* garden:

(Horatio Nelson's lover...)

Horatio Nelson's lover must have been quite the interesting woman - this rose starts with dark red buds with dashes of orange, tending to yellow orange when fully open, scented with hints of pear, grape and citrus.

These remind me of my gran...not the most auspicious start...but I'm slowly getting over my dislike of yellow flowers - probably helped by the fact David Austen calls this their 'largest-flowered and most magnificent of English roses.' 

The rich golden yellow blooms form giant, full-petalled cups that eventually ripen to give off a scent of wine and strawberries (exactly, whats not to love about that?)

Literally a winner for fragrance - it's strong myrrh fragrance picking up awards - this blousy old-school English rose easily takes up space in arrangements propping up other blooms. It opens wide - showing its yellow stamens, perfect for country style posies.

Described as the 'best crimson rose to date', the William Shakespeare is definitely right up there in terms of romance - its warm, powerful Old Rose fragrance and deep velvet blooms making it the quintessential rose.

have a happy, fragrant weekend.

sources: David Austen; RachelSmithviaDTI


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