It's been a funny old weekend. Mr B and Emi have been off on a father-and-son's camping trip with their chums from school, leaving me and the Wonder Dog back at the ranch on our own. Weird! It's been a bit weird, if I'm honest. I've not had a weekend alone in over a dozen years, and it's taken a bit of adjusting to. I thought it would be great. I could do exactly as I chose, but it's felt strange having the house so empty and quiet. The Wonder Dog has spent the time prowling around, from room to room, looking for people.
Still it's been a great weekend for the roses. Neither Mr B nor Emi quite understand my love of roses, and tend to tease me about my simple enthusiasm for them. So, with the coast clear, I've been able to swoon from rose bush to rose bush with no one around to notice me burying my nose in their petals and inhaling their wonderful scent.
And now, out back, my much-anticipated Munstead Wood (also by David Austin) is blooming. I've got it planted right beside my back door, and on warm, sunny days its wonderful smell wafts in and makes my heart sing. For me, this rose is the very essence of summer in England.
It really is the most exquisite plant. The fragrance is fabulous, and those rich, dark velvet petals are so very beautiful. As I'd hoped, it will make the most perfect potpourri rose. The only thing is that I've got to sacrifice a few of those wonderful blossoms for the cause, which I'm just not ready to do yet. Maybe next year ... .
|Last year's blossoms laid out to dry|
If you'd like to make potpourri from your own roses now is the prefect time to harvest them. Be sure and do it on a nice dry day. I've written about how to go about it here: Potpourri 1 and, then I've followed up with a second instalment here: Potpourri 2.
|Dried rose petals for potpourri|
And if you're out and about this week you might like to stop by at the Queen's House in Greenwich, where they have the most amazing rose garden. I popped by last September when the roses were still going strong and it was sublime.
|Queen Caroline's rose garden|
All the best for now,