Thursday, 19 May 2011

Roses




Monday was a beautiful day here in the capital. With the Munchkin away all week on a school residential trip, I was able to head off into the West End without worrying about being back for the school run. I returned home and set about watering the garden which had gone a tad neglected whilst we'd been away over the weekend.


I realised with delight that my roses were looking superb. I couldn't resist the impulse; I dashed back into the house and clutched up my scissors and off I went. The roses are at the wonderful stage where they are plentiful enough that I can cut a good amount to enjoy indoors without feeling I am spoiling the look of the bush in the garden.



This show-stopper is in our front garden and was already here when we moved into the HenHouse. It could be Ferdinand Pichard, it could be Rosa Mundi but it's certainly superb.





I have to confess that although I have planted twelve roses since we came here, probably my most favourite is this one, which was already in place and which produces the most stunning blooms over the arbour every year with no help whatsoever. And its scent is heaven.






I can't tell you what pleasure I derived from picking and arranging these roses.






"Mmm, pwetty roses."






I collected up a motley selection of vintage vases found at boot sales over the years, and loosely arranged them, managing to fill four containers.







I've been in need of a little cheer of late. Sadly, my beautiful nan recently passed away and yesterday I had the unenviable task of travelling to North Wales to attend the funeral and deliver the eulogy which I had been asked to write.





It was very simple, for my nan lived a beautifully simple life and my memories of her were innocent and joyful. Might I share a passage of the eulogy with you, in memory of this very special lady.


Nan enjoyed her garden which always looked a treat and also the birds which came to feed there. I remember she would talk to the blackbird and looked forward to his daily visits. She loved simple flowers: daffodils, bluebells and roses. Her front garden had a row of lovely hybrid tea roses. In what was such a beautiful simple gesture, as we were about to leave, she would take up her scissors and snip off some of her finest buds. She’d wrap the stems with foil and then put a frilly paper doily round the base before handing them to me. She gave me the love of roses that I have today and I still think of her when I plant and pick roses from my own garden.







I am glad you are now at peace Nan, though life is so much the emptier for your passing.

47 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry about your nan.

    I really felt the North/South divide reading this post. Your roses are absolutely gorgeous but up here in Lancashire my roses are still forming buds! This despite the glorious spring we've had. Still, mine will bloom... eventually ;-)

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  2. So sorry to hear about your nan Hen. Your roses are beautiful :) x

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  3. that post really touched my heart strings- you must have so much love for your nan x
    In the summer hols when as kiddies we would stay with my grand perants...i used to love watching them potter about in the garden...nan would always have her pinny on and the pocket would be filled with scissors and bits n bobs that might come in useful for the day. we would always have cups of tea out of vintage tea sets...Nannys are truly special people- i miss mine too ;0)xx

    love your images, beautiful xx

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  4. I am so sorry for the loss of your Nan, Hen. Thinking of you and sending hugs. Such beautiful roses xx

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your nan passing way, Hen.

    Roses are a beautiful way to remember your nan and the excerpt from the eulogy is lovely, very heartfelt.

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  6. I am sorry to hear your sad news Hen. Your Nan sounded just like mine, who would send me down her garden to pick myself a peach! The roses from your garden are beautiful. I definitely need more roses. You wrote some lovely memories about your Nan. I am sure she would be very proud of you. x

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  7. Sorry to hear that you lost your nan Hen x I lost mine last February and I miss her all the time :(

    Gorgeous, beautiful roses xx

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  8. So sorry to hear about your loss; you clearly had a great love for your Nan. The roses are, and always will be, a lovely way to remember her.

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  9. What lovely roses and beautiful memories you have of your Nan. Sorry for your loss.

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  10. So sorry to hear about your recent loss. But I think you paid tribute to her wonderfully by spending time doing something (the roses)that she would have loved doing herself.

    Stunning roses btw.

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  11. Beautiful roses. I'm sorry to hear your Nan passed away, but a lovely way to remember her.

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  12. You will miss your wonderful Nan Hen,but you will feel close to her everytime you pass by,and smell, your beautiful roses. :0)

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  13. What a lovely tribute to your Nan. Your roses are beautiful! Your cat looks like he's in a world of his own! Beautiful post.
    Liz

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  14. Roses are a lovely thing to be remembered for..every year when gertrude jekyll blooms I say hello to my Grandma.

    xx

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  15. a lovely post Hen, so sorry to hear about you Nan. Gorgeous roses x

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  16. So sorry about your Nan. You were lucky to know and love her for quite a while, though!

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  17. Sorry to hear of your loss - you wrote some lovely words and you can always think of her when you tend your roses. Plant a special one just for her.
    My middle name is Rose and roses are my favourite garden flowers, especially the full bloom, old fashioned ones with a real rose scent. Sadly I can't grow them very well in my heavy clay soil, but I do have one lovely Gertude Jekyll that struggles to produce lovely blooms each year.

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  18. Sorry to hear about your Nan :0( - your roses are beautiful and what a lovely way to remember her....

    S x

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  19. What a lovely tribute for your wonderful nan, hold on to your beautiful memories of all the happy times you spent together and she'll never be far away. I can see she's a lady who will be missed by all, Lucey x

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  20. Sorry about your Nan. Beautiful roses - you've got a great collection - the pictures are fab - such colours!! Abby x

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  21. What a lovely goodbye message to your Nan - she must have been so proud of you. Well done for creating such a heartfelt tribute! Your last photo was so poignant.
    Gorgeous x

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  22. I send you condolences and sympathy for your loss.

    Your love of roses is a beautiful tribute to your love for your Nan.

    Best wishes.

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  23. What a fitting tribute, gorgeous roses for a gorgeous lady.

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  24. What a wonderful way to remember your Nan, every time you pick a rose she will be smiling down on you.

    p.s think it is def a rosa mundi

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  25. Fabulous roses- they are in full bloom here too,so early this year!
    Your eulogy made me think of my Nana- she had a Blackbird that came to her call, it would hop onto the the kitchen step when she whistled and then, once he knew she had the food ready, would hop over the threshold for his breakfast.Nans are indeed special.x

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  26. Awwww Hen, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. S x

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  27. So sorry to hear about your Nan.She actually lived about 5 miles away from me in Mold.

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  28. A beautiful eulogy to your beloved Nan. So sorry that you have lost her. D x

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  29. I'm sorry for your Nan's passing, Hen. To reach 88 years, though! I'm sure she had a full and good life.

    Your roses are just stunning. I have yet to landscape our yard, but want very much to include old-fashioned varieties when the time comes. Do you recall what you planted?

    Take care and pat Jacky-Ginge for me! :)

    Erin
    Carolina Country Living

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  30. Your love for roses is such a beautiful way to hold on to your memories of your Nan. You wrote this so beautifully. Thanks for your comment on my 'someone else's story'!

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  31. hi hen
    so so sorry to hear about your nan.
    how lovely to have those beautiful roses in your garden to remember her by.
    take care
    anniex

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  32. My grandmother was called Muriel too. I have such a soft spot for that name and anyone who wears it. I am sure that she too, like my Muriel must have been a very special person.
    And your roses, my favourite thing in the world. I am just saying good bye to mine now (although I am just about to do an order from the rose nursery). Enjoy their beauty during this time, it really does help.
    Lots of love, Kate (from greedy for colour) xxooxxoo.

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  33. So sorry to hear about your Nan, your eulogy reminded me of my grandma who also loved her garden. Your roses are beautiful, I just love them too. We have some lovely ones in bloom in the garden and the flowers seem to be be particularly abundant this year .
    Ann x

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  34. Sorry to hear about your Nan. Isn't it fitting that your garden is bursting with roses in her honour?

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  35. What a lovley post your Nan must of been a very special person,mine was to me and although she passed away 18yrs ago I still think of her daily with wonderful memories im sure you will also.Your roses are beautiful.Lots of love Jill xx

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  36. Oh I'm so sorry to hear of your Nan's passing Hen. What a wonderful tribute to a lady who was clearly so special to you. And such a special link through your beloved roses.

    Enjoy their beauty.
    Take care, love
    Stephx

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  37. So sorry to hear about your nan. My grandmother used to talk to the blackbird too hers she called Blackie. Grandmothers are special.
    Your roses are lovely. Sarah Raven would probably be able to tell you which one that spectacular pink variegated one is x

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  38. Grogeous roses Hen and such a lovely tribute to you beloved Nan.
    Jacquie x

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  39. Sorry to hear your sad news, I will be thinking of you.

    Ruth x

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  40. I'm so sorry about your loss, nans are so special, aren't they?
    How lovely to have something to cherish in your garden as a memento of your dear nan.
    xxx

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  41. Sorry to hear about your Nan's passing. I hope you keep her love close to you and can share her wisdom and your memories with those around you.x

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  42. So sorry to read of your loss Hen, how lovely the thoughts of her in your beautiful roses, gone from this life but forever in your heart.
    Carol xx

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  43. A truly touching tribute to your Nan Hen. What a wonderful lady she sounds.

    X

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  44. Oh Hen, I'm so sorry to hear that! :( The story about the roses is so sweet...she must have been a wonderful woman.

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  45. Hi Hen just read the lovely comments after you posted the sad loss of your Nanna. Mine was 99 when she died and we had such good times. When mu brother and I were littel she used to put sand down on her kitchen floor in winter so we could play with buckets and spades!! Whenever I taste lemon curd I think of hers and none is ever as good. My Dad passed away in October and in his last few days he said he would see him Mam again, that broke my heart because I wanted to see her again as well. They hold a special place in our hearts don't they.

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  46. I'm very sorry to hear about your beloved Nan, that's very sad.
    Your roses are just divine Hen, truly and utterly and simply divine, and I love the way you've photographed them. Love Vanessa xxx

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