There are lots of blooms in the garden to choose from again this week.  The one in my vase on my desk today is an Old Garden Rose lovingly planted over 16 years ago by the charming lady who used to live here.  Before she left I asked her to tell me the names of the plants in the garden – here is Souvenir de la Malmaison.


(That’s the bud that inspired these lampshades.)

It’s a Bourbon rose with a quartered rosette – described as ‘having confused petals of uneven size arranged in a quartered pattern’ by my trusty RHS Gardeners’ Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers.  I love the idea of petals getting confused too!


I like the way the petals are jumbled together – they remind me of the crumpled full-skirted silk wedding dresses of the early nineties.


Sadly the blooms are ruined by rain which tends to make them turn brown and rot before opening, so I am making the most of them while I can.  The greenfly are prevalent but I’ll leave those to the birds.


Over 2000 varieties of rose can be seen at the new Gardens of the Rose in St Albans, Hertfordshire, designed for the Royal National Rose Society.

Have a good week.

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