15 July 2020 – Spring and Summer Garden Glimpses – Wonderful Wednesday

I’ve decided to reblog – Wonderful Wednesday, 15th July – a series of articles based on our gardening experiences here in Lancashire. Until recently, I still thought that gardening in the UK seems easy (considering the beautiful gardens which are constantly on display), not realising how much work is involved every new season. After having been a gardener for as long as I remember, I’m finally getting it: I need to remove certain bulbs and tubers from the ground before winter comes! Roses and Clematis are on the menu. 🙂


Maretha Botha Children's Books and Illustrations

Welcome to more WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY garden glimpses. This week I would like to showcase some of our remarkable roses which managed to bloom spectacularly, and I daresay miraculously, despite the torrents of rain we have had during the first two weeks of July. There are Climbers, Ramblers, Patio Climbers, Shrub Roses, Modern Shrub Roses – so many excellent choices depending where you live. Of course, roses are not always the friendliest of flowers; their thorns will quickly poke you whenever you overstep their boundaries.

Yet, when I see their glorious faces, scratches are soon forgotten. Here are a few rose glimpses in images and words – in English and Afrikaans.

Downwards the rose stoops
Regretting the sudden storm
Her petals shed tears.

‘n Roosknop buig laag,
Triestig in die lente reën
Huil haar blare sag. ___M.M. Botha

CLEMATIS – There are apparently 400 different varieties, ranging between tall and wide…

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