I Can Almost Smell the Roses

My new “Gertrude Jekyll” David Austin rose

I have been looking forward to contributing to Cee’s Flower of the Day Photo Challenge, so I jumped at the chance to add to the Rose galleries…

After landing myself in bed two winters ago with a horrible flu that lasted for weeks, I watched every Monty Don show I could find on cable! I eagerly waited for Spring to go on the hunt for roses, so imagine my delight when I went to a local nursery and found my first David Austin rose bush! I have read that they can sometimes struggle in our unfamiliar ground, but I amended the soil like a pro & mulched her up! Last summer was particularly hot for us, as well, so while this little “Gertrude Jekyll” bush had a rough start, I’m hoping for the best this year. Here in Maryland my rosebushes are just beginning to leaf out, but the few blooms I got last summer were absolutely gorgeous!

Another bush I could not pass up was this HUGE beauty that I saw while I was at Home Depot buying vegetable plants. I have never seen roses this massive before – they were larger than my hand! Once in the ground, the blooms seemed to become more ‘regular sized’, so I’m curious to see what they do this season. Either way they smelled divine and certainly had staying power… I found a photograph of one remaining rose that held on into November! That’s pretty impressive when our temperatures can drop below 30 degrees F here in Zone 7a. So that’s a bit of inspiration for resilience found in nature and inspiration for the day…

Just keep on keeping’ on, Friends! ❀

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