I thought that it was way past time to create my own blog. This is no easy task, considering that i am a definite technophobic!!!

My children (and theirs) introduced me to the wonderful world of the internet and all that comes with it!! First google, then ebay, internet groups and blogs!! I have met so many wonderful, charming people that i now call friend. Please bear with me while i blunder and bluff my way through this, until i find my way. Which is how i have survived most of the daunting situations that i have landed myself in!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

if it smells like a rose....

I haven't posted for some time, but I'll leave the "buts and why for's,'' for another day... I wrote a few words for my garden club and thought that I'd kill two birds with one stone.. so its getting used twice. We have moved house many times over the years and I always find it hard to leave the garden. More so than the house, so I take numerous cuttings and many pots of things that I can't bear to part with... we end up moving more garden stuff than furniture and belongings.. I tend to grow mainly cottage garden type plants with roses being my undying love. Roses are the world's most photographed, most written about and most loved , the world over... everyone has a favourite, whether its for colour, type or perfume. I am no exception, I love the old world roses and David Austin's...   our garden is not large, it's easy to maintain but it does get overgrown quickly, due to the fact that i hate to cut things back.. 'just a little longer,' I say, as the last blooms of each season, linger....  This year the roses rambling over the front fence, the invincible 'Albertine' and the constantly flowering 'Duchesse de Brabant' that adorns the arch, have been prolific. I find myself checking the mailbox contstantly, just to get a whiff of their sweet perfume... All too soon, they will be just a memory, but, how lovely it is to know that they will endure and give pleasure for many years to come.. these two roses take pride of place, but there are others that I have planted here with success. there's 'Pierre de Ronsard', Reine des Violettes', 'Jude the Obscure' with the glorious fruity aroma. the ever popular 'Pinkie' that never disappoints. theres the climbing 'Blue Moon' on the side fence near the cricket oval. we have many more and of course you need lavender, daisies and the clipped hedges to compliment them... Max is as passionate about the garden as I am. We tend to be haphazzard with our planting, so we end up with a chaotic somewhat wild look.. we prefer this, rather than the very neat orderly style that many adopt. For accent in the garden, we use anything that is old and/or rustic. Any old bits and pieces, mirrors mosaiics, pretty much anything goes! I think our gardens echo ourseves to some degree... oh dear!! this really is a mad woman's muddle and muddle on, we will!  And if we continue to get pleasure fom planting, growing and sharing then this garden has well and truly earned it's place in our lives!! It is constantly changing and always rewarding!
happy gardening...Red rose
lots of love
 Christine xx