Monday, 25 June 2018

In A Vase On Monday - Taking Time to Smell the Roses

Morning Everyone,

Monday again, and time to join in with this vase of roses over at In A Vase over at Cathy's Rambling In The Garden
Apologies for the photo - I've caught the vase at a very jaunty angle!

Suddenly the roses have all burst into bloom at the same time ... it's heavenly. A wander around the garden resulted in this bunch of mixed roses, with astrantia 'Buckland' and a very beautiful dark red unknown variety - a transplant from a friend's garden which is establishing itself very nicely. Also included is good old Lady's Mantle, alchemilla mollis, and a couple of sprays from the black elder, sambucus 'Black Beauty'.





This is my favourite white rose, 'Tranquility'.



The climber, 'Susie' - only put in last year but doing so well.



'Carefree Days' - a patio rose that has other ideas! We transferred her from a pot to the border and she is now flourishing and outgrowing all expectations!







Some of the roses have no name, for example this stunning and heavily scented deep pink climber - pictured here with white clematis grandiflora.

Other roses included are the pale pink 'Happy Retirement' and a bud from the very striking 'Hot Chocolate' - brown in bud opening to a vivid orange.

And now for a cautionary tale. As you can see, I placed the vase on the dining room dresser overnight and then wished I hadn't. This morning the room was filled with the most pungent odour! On investigation I found it was coming from those pretty little black elder flowers. It completely masked the perfume from the roses. I have, of course, now removed the offending sprays!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you will pop over to Cathy's blog, Rambling In The Garden, where you will find links to many more beautiful arrangements to admire.

6 comments:

  1. Oh Elizabeth what a wonderful time in the garden when the roses bloom.....your vase is so lovely displaying them!

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  2. Wonderful roses - and now we know to avoid black elderflower!

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    1. We're getting the perfect weather for roses - it won't last but we're enjoying it while it does. Oh, and yes, big mistake with the elder flowers - who knew that something so pretty could smell so bad!

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  3. Such beautiful roses and your setting is lovely! I learned the same thing about elderflowers a few weeks ago. We were searching the house thinking that the dogs had had an accident inside until we realized the odor was coming from the flowers.

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  4. What a wonder it must be to have all your roses swing into bloom at the same time! In my case, I'd be happy if mine would bloom at all - it's been too dry this year for them I think. I'm glad you quickly found the basis for the unpleasant odor - if that happened here, my husband would be blaming the cat.

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  5. Ooh next time you will know not to put them in the same vase Elizabeth the roses look lovely not all roses have a smell l have really old roses in my garden and they have the nicest fragrance love your post xx

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