Sunday, November 26, 2006

Things are looking.......

This David Austin rose Lilac Rose has always flowered well but now it has started producing these huge flowers. I have had it for several years but we moved it this last winter to a sunnier spot. It has never produced flowers this size!

The flowers start as a pale pink tight bud and as they open become more lilac hued. In fact, the colour is similar to that of a bridesmaid's dress my cousin chose for me (+ 3 others) to wear to her wedding but let's not go there!

The roses do have delicious honey-like scent - beautiful. It's showy and blousy (it's a double) before all the petals fall off. I love seeing the soft pinky lilac petals on the ground.

I have even managed to strike cuttings from this rose. The plant was doing well until a possum or wallaby ate the soft young leaves. It's now wrapped in a cone of chicken wire......hopefully it will recover enough to grow, if not flower.

I like Roger Phillips' web site. Lots of pictures of roses and some information. Good for identifying them. He has a similar one on mushrooms and other guides should be available soon.


Anonymous lidna said...

Of course dear, if you haven't already done so, you should change the blog identity to just Nada.


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