Thursday, June 22, 2006
The first roses on the house wall have begun to bloom - and we are about to go on holiday. I haven't a clue what the rose is, it is a climber, single flowering, with a lovely clear fresh rosey scent.
I don't grow many roses here as they struggle in the rain and I don't have time to pander to plants that are struggling. I do grow some iceberg roses as they moved with me from our old house and, as they flower all season, they are useful for buttonholes and the like and I have rambling roses growing up the hawthorn trees on the boundary. Sometimes I will don gloves and climb up to cut swags of bloom for weddings.
I have been reading a very interesting weblog by Heather of Eie Flud perfumes (who comments on my posts and makes me feel that there is someone out there in the ether!) which is about the development of her new rose perfume. I do love getting the feel of the how specialists think through their subject, the nuances and vast range of possibilities they consider, where for me it would be a much blander one dimensional process.http://www.eiefludrose.blogspot.com
It was the same when we had the photographer Andrew Montgomery here for the Country Living article - I go outside, I find a likely looking flower, I point and press - he spent 2 days here, painstakingly lighting scenes, contorting me into the most flattering poses (feet, legs and hips to the side, body and shoulders to the front) and arranging the dining room chairs at just the right angle so they looked at their most chairlike! And of course the photos are fantastic and quite unlike the reality.
I shall be away for the next 2 weeks - so no posts - the van is open as usual and Sally shall be in charge. There will be people here but they are NOT flower people and I would NOT advise anyone to order bouquets from them!