A Layered Rose

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Jackie, Elizabeth, and I worked in the garden for much of the morning, and after lunch until the temperature rose too much for us.

Elizabeth began by weeding the front garden

which houses this fuchsia Delta’s Sarah.

Later, she mowed the grass and cut the edges.

Jackie gave the lavender border in the Rose Garden a severe hair cut,

during the process of which she discovered a rooted layered rose, and rushed off to plant it in a pot. Layering, I have just learned, is a method of propagation resulting from the formation of roots whilst the infant is still attached to the parent plant. Gardeners, to achieve this, will bend a suitable stem to ground level. Our carpet rose in question had done this naturally.

My task was dead-heading roses, including For Your Eyes Only and Creme de la Creme in the Rose Garden, where a hoverfly fossicked through fallen petals.

Did I miss any?

This evening the three of us dined on Jackie’s smoked haddock; piquant cauliflower cheese; creamy mashed potato; crunchy carrots and cabbage; and shrunken spinach. Mrs Knight drank Hoegaarden and my sister and I drank Squinzano reserva Rosso 2014

 

 

 

 

 

64 thoughts on “A Layered Rose

      • I am plagued with dog roses. The legacy of an uncultivated plot. They take some getting out! Just cleared a patch of forsythia 15′ x 10′ which has been growing for 60 years. Completely out of control. The soil is surprisingly good and will make a nice vegetable patch.

  1. Once again, Derrick, you have transferred your pleasure of working the garden to the readers. Well done. Have you ever used cauliflower as a substitute for mash potatoes. They look the same, without the lumps, and taste like potatoes. A healthy sub.

  2. I love the clean-up process which is necessary at this time of year. It’s so satisfying! With the hub bub of summer gone (almost), and the cooler weather making watering less demanding, it’s time to take stock and plan for the arrival of springβ€”yes, gardeners actually do that!

  3. Oh, what great garden-tenders you 3 are! And the garden thrives because of your love and hard work! The yellow-ish roses are stunningly beautiful! And I love the little girl statue! πŸ™‚
    Please tell Jackie how much all of us enjoy your garden! And you bring us joy through your photographs!
    HUGS to all 3 of you!
    Carolyn πŸ™‚

  4. I had to look β€˜fossicked’ up, which set me back a bit learning about mining regulations etc in my efforts to catch up on my reading. But I won’t hold it against you!

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