Monday, 15 June 2015

In A Vase On Monday - Mystery of Tranquillity

Evening Everyone,

I've had a busy day gardening today but not in my own garden. My niece, Louise, moved house on Saturday and to say her new garden was a mess is and understatement. I think the previous occupant did nothing at all, the weeds were knee high and the few shrubs and trees there are all dead ...there was not one garden flower to be seen! A truly sad site. My husband and I spent five hours strimming, weeding and clearing the garden. And that's just phase one!

But before we left I found time to nip into our garden and pick a little posy as a wee gift for Louise to welcome her into her new home. It included the first rose of the season and I did remember to pop it into a vase and photograph it before we left the house to join in with Cathy's In A Vase On Monday meme.
I love this rose but it's not what it promised to be. It's a David Austin rose bought bearing the label Tranquillity and described as having 'white rosette blooms forming from yellow buds tinged with red.'

As proof, this is what the blooms looked like last year. Same rose bush, same position, but completely different flowers.
I've compared the flowers in bud and they are the same as last year and the same as illustrated in the David Austin catalogue so I'm left with a mystery. Why is the rose bloom now so different?
I teamed the rose up with a sprig of London Pride, Saxifraga, and Lady's Mantle, Alchemilla Mollis and to give the posy to Louise it was tied with a scrap of ribbon left over from the new home card I made for her.

Although I did check out everyone's vases last week, and thought they were all truly beautiful, I'm sorry to say I was unable to leave a comment on them all. Hopefully, this week I will be more successful.

It's late, almost 11pm UK time, and I'm absolutely tired out after all that gardening so I'm off to bed but will be checking out your vases throughout the next few days ... wouldn't miss it for the world :)

Happy Gardening,


Jackie said...

Despite not being what it should be, it is a very prtty rose. Puzzling though, that it should be so different from last year! :o)
Jackie xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Elizabeth what a gorgeous rose and sitting so beautifully with the other blooms. Love your beautiful new home card too, I hope your niece will be very happy in her new home, hugs Kate x

Jacee said...

So beautiful Elizabeth, I do love roses.
hugs Jacee
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Jean said...

Oh Elizabeth, what a pretty rose, how strange that it has come so different this year.
I love that gorgeous bow on your new home card, and I hope your niece soon feels at home in her new place. She is very lucky to have you and your husband to help her with the garden.
Jean x

Anonymous said...

It's a lovely rose at any rate, though certainly mysterious Elizabeth. You're kind to help out your niece. Susie

Anonymous said...

Your niece must have been thrilled with your help and the lovely posy. How strange about the rose! I believe that if they are grafted on a different rootstock there could be different flowers if a new sucker grew from the root, but it would be more likely to be a wild rose of some sort. Thanks for sharing your posy before you passed it on