Our ‘spring’ season has been very erratic this year … of course the local indigenous people have names for the seasons, depicting what is flowering, fruiting, or passing by at the time … this would be the whale season, and we are still seeing plenty of them. My roses have been enjoying ‘spring’, they don’t care about the whales they never see, especially as they seem to flower (less abundantly) all year.
We only have two as they must share the fenced area with the vegetables and other edible plants, which certainly have priority. The roses bring a different joy, a smiling pleasure at their perfect forms, their energy and beauty. Dublin Bay has gorgeous orange hips that provide more colour and interest after the petals have fallen. Here is a close up of the blooms, which sadly are not very fragrant.
When we were looking for our roses S wanted red and yellow …. not that he is the rose fancier, but as the architect I have to agree with him that the colours have worked out well. Climbing Gold Bunny is completely different to Dublin Bay. It has much longer canes, and is easy to twine through the railing of the terrace. Since it was planted a greedy banana plantation has encroached on its space. We do try to keep the bananas back, but remember what I said about edible things having priority. Somehow Climbing Gold Bunny seems to enjoy the banana protection, and bravely shoots her canes out among the plants. Every now and then I pull them back and imagine these ‘friends’ saying farewell for a while! You can see the bananas are very close neighbours.
This delicate rose ages to a blowsy bloom with pink tips, charming! When we sit on the terrace she delights us with her inward facing blossoms, enjoying the diffuse light form the terrace roof. This older flower is not quite pink yet!
Our mulberry tree is in full production now too! The fabulous Hippeastrums have almost finished, and we are only a few days away from the annual Joy of Being Retreat. Things do look beautiful here, waterlilies are all in bloom, but the lotus are still to come. I will be, and have been, busy with preparations, so will not be around much until next week. Last Thursday I had surgery for osteomyelitis of the lower jaw, and I am healing up well … hopefully this is the end of all the medical palava we have been through in the last few months. Eventually I will let you know more of that …. but do enjoy the spring roses, especially if you are still six months away from your own.
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