La vie en rose

Now that I’ve finished work for the autumn I’m busier than ever, but life’s pretty rosy all the same because all the chores and obligations that are keeping me busy from 6am till dusk are wonderful ones. First, there’s the garden to sort. I’m still digging over space in the back garden for refugees that will come over from the front (roses, penstemons, a recalcitrant peony, a geum, lots of aquilegias), and that involves digging out roots of unwanted ash saplings and so forth. Then I’ve plenty of studying to be getting on with, mainly Portuguese, and also the RHS Level 2 course, which I began last month.

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Today was a good day for digging under a cool blue sky, and a good day for al fresco study time later on in the afternoon once the air became warmer and I remembered where I’d put the picnic rug. Picking flowers is a good procrastination technique. After all, how can one study botany effectively without a white jug of flowers at one’s side? One literally can’t.

The rose is a repeat flowerer called something silly like ‘Many Happy Returns’ (see what they did there) and it stopped me dead in a garden centre earlier this year. Turns out I forgot to check that it smelt of anything before buying it, but never mind because it flowers its socks off. Not such a silly name after all.

In a vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who I hope will not mind at my tardiness this week, especially since I have no excuse not to have taken part yesterday, except it was a bit cold.

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  1. That is a really pretty rose. I always love the staging in your photos…so artistic.

  2. Lovely rose and the cosmos are exceptional!

  3. A lovely rose! And yes, it’s always nice to have a jug of flowers around! πŸ™‚

  4. That is very pretty and looks lovely with the overhanging lobelia(?). Good luck with the Level 2 – I did it about 14 years ago (crikey!) and it’s stood me in good stead. It was an absolute pleasure studying for something I was passionate about.

  5. A gorgeous rose and a sweet vase! I do like the photographs of it on the outside table with your spade and gardening scissors at hand. πŸ™‚

  6. As others have said, the settings on your photos are always so effective. And what a pretty rose that is, even wthout scent. I will be intersted to hear more about your course, and what it involves

    • It’s the RHS Level 2 Course and so far it entails a great deal of botany, which killed me at school but which I seem to have developed an interest in all of a sudden, now that it has a real-life application for me. In fact, I recall that the reason I decided against studying Biology at university was the dreaded idea of botany. Seems funny now.

      • Yes, and I have the same feeings about Physics which did nothing for me back then but intrigues me now (in a low level way, I hasten to add!)

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