Wasting Time For My Roses

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Goodness, I do adore a bit of Monday-morning faffing.


These roses were in part rescued from last week’s vase, and the rest cut from the garden. I am growing to love the extreme dearth of light that comes into this flat, and embrace it for its moodiness rather than fretting over the darkness.

And after this especially productive morning, I am now going to try and cram a day’s work into the next two hours of daylight.

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who challenges garden bloggers across the world to do some beautiful weekly faffing with vases.



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  1. Laughing because all the way across the Atlantic I also am faffing. Ha, love the roses and the quote.

  2. There are worse things to waste time on. I believe in living in the moment and arranging flowers is something you need to concentrate and live the moment doing. Love you beautiful roses.

  3. Great quote – words to live by! I think I am a professional ‘faffer.’ 😉 Lovely photos, per usual, Joanna.

  4. They are such perfect roses too – you could spend a lot of time just admiring them (and procrastinating at the same time…)! Thanks for sharing and ps did you get your 2 hours done…?!

  5. You’ve almost got me wishing I grew roses. And thank you for the new word, faffing. I like it.

  6. I like the idea of compressing a day’s work into two hours. Will try that with housecleaning which has been ignored here for too long. Especially love the deep red rose.

  7. The roses look glorious and the soft gray background of the wall is perfect to set them off. “Faffing” is a new word for me too but I somehow intuitively knew what it meant even before I looked it up – I’ve been dithering all morning myself.

  8. Oh yes, I love faffing on Mondays too… the vases are a good excuse to put off all those jobs waiting after the weekend! The dark rose is lovely, and the light is very atmospheric.

    • Thank you Cathy. I now accept that my Monday mornings are going to be faffy, and then enjoy the faffing for what it is. I am glad you like the light…. I actually half-shut the window shutters for the first two and then let the camera find what light it could. It was an interesting experiment.

  9. There is an atmosphere of a Dutch interior to your photos – I really like it. ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ is one of my all time favourite films.

  10. Such gorgeous, dusky colours in your roses. Beautiful.

  11. Very beautiful roses. I really love the deep red ones. Love your glass vases too. I’ve been given some birthday money which I’m going to spend on vases. I have’;t a single vase in the whole house and never realised until I joined in with this theme. Starting to get dark here. The beech trees glow all around the house through the big windows. But they are rapidly losing their leaves. https://karengimson.wordpress.com/

  12. Lovely to see your late roses and what a beautiful background you have. I am glad to hear you have your priorities sorted out – faffing or work – clearly no choice!

  13. Lovely roses. Worth wasting time on them. I love Le Petit Prince, nice to see someone else enjoys him too.

  14. Faffing is fabulous and frivolous and is to be encouraged!

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