Saturday, May 1, 2010
The First Rose
Yesterday evening MG popped out for a few moments and came back bearing this rose, the first rose bloom of the year and very apt for the first of May. I placed it on my bedside table and the heavenly scent wafted over me all night. I adore roses, particularly climbing ones which this one is, it took me many hours of research to find this rose. I wanted climbing roses on the front of the house, they had to be red as they are on a light background, they had to be repeaters and most importantly they had to be scented. Eventually I found what I was looking for; Etoile de Holland climbing rose from David Austin.
My vision was that they would climb all over the front of the house, they are a very vigorous variety, they are so vigorous that MG wants to get rid of them, too much work! I go for beauty over practicality every time, after all some things are just worth the trouble and when those roses start to bloom the scent in the courtyard is heavenly not to mention the exquisite beauty of the rose itself. We have constant arguments over them, MG cuts them back regularly and sprays them with rose treatment, but nothing stops them, (it's a shame MG cuts them back, secretly I would love to train them so they cover the entire front of the house).
Anyway for the moment there is a truce, the roses are now still at a manageable stage and they are coming into bloom. They are safe for the moment.
I wish you all a wonderful May Day Weekend.