A Few Roses

While she was tidying up the compost bins this morning Jackie remembered the name of

the rambler draping the dead tree trunks – Emily Gray.

Meanwhile I carried out a little weeding and dead-heading, becoming increasingly overwhelming each day. While the light was still diffused I photographed a few more roses,

namely Roseraie de l’Hay, For Your Eyes Only, Rhapsody in Blue, Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, Mum in a Million (with Gladioli Byzantinus, and Peach Abundance.

Our later flowering rhododendron is now budding nicely

This is one of our three Doctor Ruppel clematises.

Tonight’s dinner consisted of baked gammon, piquant cheese and mustard sauce, moist ratatouille, boiled new potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli.


  1. I need to ask, was the love for flowers part of what brought you and Jackie together? Or did that blossom with time?

    Beautiful flowers and dinner too

    1. I’m sorry about yours, but you do manage to feature her. Thanks very much, Tootlepedal

  2. Your Emily Gray rose draped over the dead tree trunks remined me of this quote … “The older I grow the more do I love spring and spring flowers. Is it so with you?”
    Emily Dickinson

  3. I’d suggest downsizing but then there would gaps. Maybe time to find an ardent young gardener who lives in a garden-less home.

    1. Sound thoughts, Catherine. Martin is doing a good job, though. Thanks very much.

  4. Untitled…Hmm…
    Oh! Emily Gray…a sweet name for such a beauty who certainly knows how to ramble! 🙂
    Ooh…I think Doc Ruppel is showing off! (wink and HA!)
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️

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