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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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The Joys

03 June 2009 18:25:34
my favourite rose

my favourite rose

Another glorious day. We could all get used to this! Isn't it fabulous?

My youngest two, who have the week off school, have gone ferral and are running around the garden all day wearing only t-shirts and factor 30.

Caught up on a few jobs - spot of weeding, levelling of circular area to be paved, husband cut the grass. 

I found greenfly on my greenhouse courgettes while I was investigating hand pollination. It wasn't there yesterday. We've bought a spray now so I'll deal with it this evening when it's cooler. Some of the sunflowers we planted in the greenhouse border are touching the roof already!

I noticed that my favourite rose bush is in flower. It's full of buds and the scent is amazing. The only draw back is that it is not repeat flowering. But it's so worth it. Every time I begin to think that roses are too much trouble, I remember this rose and am forced to repent.


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MichaelC MichaelC 03 June 2009 21:05:39

What a fantastic rose. Worth waiting for. Do you know the name?


Rachel Rachel 04 June 2009 00:05:13

Had a good search for the label before making my post, Michael, but it's gone. I wish I knew.


Ternie Ternie 04 June 2009 14:37:52

It's amazing, Rachel! Looks like a peony, only leaves tell this is rose. I believe it has a delicious smell!


Ternie Ternie 04 June 2009 14:40:26

Also checked your summer album - irises are lovely! Abutilon here in Russia is a well-known indoor plant.


Rachel Rachel 04 June 2009 15:38:04

I'm glad you like the rose too, Olga. My irises are nice but offer little impact, compared to the giant, flowering abutilon planted behind them. So they are badly positioned. I love my abutilon though. I grew it from a tiny cutting I got at a plant fair. I bought a lovely red one last year but it mustn't have been hardy as it died during the winter.


rita d rita d 04 June 2009 22:35:38

does abutilon grow outdoors. i have always kept it indoors but apart from first year it has not done very well. I bought a trio one with red, yellow and white all growing together. White died first then red and only yellow survives.. barely. tho there are some buds. think my roof blinds which are essential for other plants in conservatory are too shaded for it


Rachel Rachel 05 June 2009 22:29:40

Well, Rita, my one is very hardy. I planted it as a small cutting outdoors when I was very inexperienced and have been amply rewarded. However the pretty red one I bought last year has not survived. From my first experience I had stuck in my mind the idea that all abutilon were hardy. The grafted trio sounds intriguing. I bet everyone comments on it!


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