Saturday, 3 December 2011

School is out

It was Speech Day for our school today, and weeks of summer holidays lay ahead. Some will be spent busily travelling to spend Christmas with family. And lots of it will hopefully be spent at the farm, lazily recovering from a busy school year. Holidays mean a break for me from the routine of chasing about after kids, and time out to lose myself in my garden, and smell my roses which are always so beautiful across the summer. Here are some I snapped just this afternoon.
Golden stamens of the David Austin rose, 'Moonbeam'. 
Strawberry pink of 'Triple Treat', a free rose given to me by Treloar's in appreciation for being such a good customer! Don't ask how much money I have spent with them over the years :) 
The strong pink of 'Zephirine Drouhin', an old bourbon climber, first bred in France in 1868. 
 Delicate David Austin, 'Lichfield Angel', released in 2009.
 French Delbard 'Soeur Emmanuelle', which has a notably spicy fragrance.
 'Strawberry Hill', another David Austin is also strongly perfumed.
 'Papi Delbard' has orange-pink tones, and is planted in our town garden as a climber in an attempt to cover the colourbond fences.
'Heidesommer' is a particular favourite of mine, and is a low grower. Creamy yellow buds open to sweet little white blooms, with golden stamen-laden centres. 
 And lastly, the stunning French Delbard, 'Camille Pissarro' which varies from soft yellow and pink (above), to stronger gold and cerise. Mmmmm, lovely!
Now if you are procrastinating about making a purchase in my shop, you have but 4 hours left to take advantage of discounted prices. From one procrastinator to another, feel free to spend up :) My sincere thanks to everyone who has kindly supported me by purchasing patterns. My fabric budget is looking a little healthier! Bloom x


  1. Your roses are divine!
    I'm giggling to myself while reading your post, Summer holidays indeed! Its that cold up here in the UK that I'm fully dressed wrapped up in a quilt with the heating on putting off going to the shops, so I don't have to leave the warmth - Fancy swapping :)

  2. Hi Bloom..beautiful roses! I have the Zephirine Drouhin here and the perfume of it and Kathleen Harrop in full bloom together is exquisite! Unfortunately the heat will start to konck them around a bit. Enjoy your summer holidays;) Suze.

  3. Your roses are all gorgeous but I also love the simple purity of your Heidesommer.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with many hours in the garden and making happy family memories.

  4. Oh how I long to get lost in my garden. Still 3 weeks of school left for us. Your beautiful roses - what a lovely start to my day

  5. Adorable roses! Thank you so much for those photos, I'm a big roses fan :)
    They should smell fantastic...

  6. So beautiful! I will be planting a row of roses this year, and I'll have to look for these varieties, especially the camille pissarro!

  7. Although I LOVE my cold and snow right now, your flowers sure make me smile! If I had all the $$ in the world, I would have fresh cut flowers in my house all year long!

    Your shortbread looks yummy!

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