Just had to share these two photos with you ...
This is the first bloom we've had from our new Queen Elizabeth hybrid rose bush. The EM decided to give our vegetable patch over to growing roses this year. Three reasons - he's getting on a bit, he's 73 this year, and has rheumatoid arthritis which gives him a bit of gyp making veg growing difficult at times, we can buy vegetables really cheaply at the market, and, best reason of all, we love roses. So we debated and cogitated and eventually chose three rose bushes - it's a really small growing patch - and one of them had to be this one, my favourite pink rose. And you can see why ... it's a beauty! To give some ground cover we planted some herbs and lavender around the roses ... this has worked really well, and the bonus is that we have herbs to use in cooking.
Just had a call, the EM is on his way home ... yippee! The Boss and I have missed him ... she has been searching every nook and cranny looking for him, and been quite vocal about it too :) So, I'm off to cook up a treat for his return.