7/12/2009

Taking time to smell the roses.



July in my garden always induces a mild panic attack, especially when the weather is rainy and warm. These conditions make everything grow twice as fast as they should or so it seems. I try very hard to keep on top of things but somehow nature overwhelms me and all I can see are jobs to do, ivy to trim, weeds to deal with, roses to dead head, the list goes on.

We have had quite a few people to stay recently and they see things through very different eyes, most of them see a small but beautiful garden and are oblivious to the effort it takes to keep it at least halfway under control. I am now trying to enjoy my garden a little bit more and to let the weeds and black spot and overgrown hedges etc. etc., matter less!

The rose is one of my David Austin roses, which seem to thrive despite my neglect. I love their old fashioned, cabbage like appearance and wonderful smell. This one is named after the gardener “Geoff Hamilton”. The image is a photograph which has had filters applied to make it look like a painting. If you click on it you will see it in more detail.I think that it still looks like a photograph but the filter has softened it a little. Does it look like a photograph to you?

17 comments:

  1. Love the roses and I LOVE your work in progress...you are a very busy bee..;)

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  2. I can almost smell those beautiful roses. They are magnificent despite the neglect.

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  3. I love the idea of a "smell the roses break" as another alternative to coffee. Mmm inspiring and inspiring.

    Hope you WIPs are going swimmingly!

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  4. Your photos make me nostalgic for England.
    Yes, the David Austin roses are a delight, but I used to find they were poor picked in a jug because the necks were floppy.
    The photo/painting was a most interesting effect
    but a little too well organized to be a real painting.

    Your chickens are terrific. When we lived in Morocco I made a collection of photos of handpainted chicken signs in the south. Still not quite sure what to do with it.

    As regards MoMa, I made sure not to go into the shop----way too tempting.

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  5. I love the David Austin rises and apart from Gertrude Jekyll this is probably my favourite.

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  6. I see you have a walled garden too. We do and it makes the microclimate warmer still. Is that why my weeds are growing as fast as yours. I live near David Austin Roses - how lucky is that? If you ever get a chance to go they have lots of beautiful gardens of roses which you can meander in to your hearts content - and it's free!

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  7. old fashioned tea roses - an absolute favourite! gardens,, even smaller ones do require lots of tlc dont they. but for me being in the garden, working is one of the places i can loose myself & be totally at ease & relaxed.

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  8. I love gardens which are not too perfect, slightly wild infact.
    The roses are amazing do they have a strong scent?
    The picture looks like a photograph from a distance but when you click on it I can see it has been made to look like a painting.

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  9. I like that little bit of softness Valerie - it is a lovely rose. I have a few David Austin old roses and they are especially beautiful this year I think.

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  10. I also love David Austin Roses.

    I know what you mean about keeping up with the garden. You think you are on top of it, then Mother Nature proves she's in charge and overtakes you. I have learned to ignore weeds, and see the beauty in bindweed! But, every so often things get to me and I have to take charge again (or at least try to! :)

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  11. Know what you mean about gardens in July, I can't seem to keep pace with ours so I just mow and edge the grass to make it look neater and ignore the weeds in the beds and the overgrown shrubs - this is the best time of year to sit and enjoy it all. I see Ted has his favourite place:) When I enlarge your photo it looks more like a painting than a photo.

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  12. The watercolour effect doesn't convince from a distance/small - too "photographic". But close up/large it's an interesting result. I haven't played with similar digital 'filters' for a while. Can you adjust the scale of so the picture becomes less detailed and more 'painterly'? It's interesting to crop into the finished result and enlarge small areas. It makes me want to cut it up like fabric and move bits around, digital patchwork...

    Celia

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  13. Oh so pretty. And I can just imagine the fragrance is divine.
    I love seeing Ted!!

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  14. The roses in your garden are very lovely. I especially love how your wee doggie is sneaking amongst your lilies. Pretty cute pic. Your ivy is stunning. Hugs Judy

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  15. What a beautiful rose. Until yesterday we were in need of rain... so I've been running from one end of the garden to the other with the garden hose resuscitating wilting plants! Thank goodness the rains came!

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  16. Hi everyone,

    The roses are perfumed but do not keep so well indoors. It is nice to bring the fallen petals inside to enjoy the fragrance.

    I don't have a totally walled garden just this little bit of a wall which we had specially made out of reclaimed bricks, a friend of ours calls it a folly!

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