Monday, 29 July 2013

Everythings Coming Up Roses!

Greetings earthlings! The mother ship just dropped me back after a little blogland break. Many thanks to those who sent emails wondering if I was still alive and kicking or if I had enrolled on an advanced cutlery usage course in Bridlington for the Summer.

Well, here we are in the midst of some wonderful summer weather and I thought I'd like to share a little sneaky peek of the roses that have been blooming in the garden this year.

Bear in mind that I had resisted roses for many years, cultivating exotic style gardens in two of our homes and then my evergreen homage to all things verdant. One thing that has not changed is my addiction to scent, I've now gone all romantic and can be found in recent summers being carrying across the lawn by Hercules and Agamemnon in my sedan chair, going from bloom to bloom, sticking my beak into every carefully chosen fragrant rose that now resides within these walls.

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All together now.......

"Clear the decks! Clear the tracks!
You've got got nothing to do but relax...."

I do hope that you are all having a most excellent summer. X

42 comments:

  1. I got so excited Paul when I saw your roses appear on my sidebar. Lovely to have you back again in the blogosphere - hopefully for a while.
    Wonderful roses and especially when made large - is there some reason why don't you show them in the large on your post?

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    1. Hi Rosemary. The roses have been having such a good year this summer. I quite like seeing the photos together, on the post although I was pushed for time a little yesterday:)

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  2. SIR PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I see that you have abandoned your magic egg for a space ship! That's fine; as long as you land long enough for a cup of tea with us, your adoring fans! I'm with ya when it comes to finally loving roses. This past summer.....NO, STOP! LAST SUMMER, thanks to bloggers, I have finally come to love the rose. I WANT, I WANT AND NEED a climber in my garden. But now my husband just has to see THE LIGHT! Your varieties are wonderful, and the scent, I am sure, is heavenly...just right for a celestial being as yourself! teeheee

    GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK DOWN ON EARTH! Anita

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    1. Oh, I'm an earthling, through and through! :))

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    2. It took me quite some time to allow a rose anywhere near my garden Anita I was very anti. Now I can't get enough of them:)

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  3. All are so gorgeous Paul!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designer Series

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  4. Paul!!!!!!!! Welcome back, you've been missed. Hope you don't stay away as long next time you decide disappear. Gorgeous roses.

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    1. Hey Amelia, hope alls well. We have a few trips planned but I'll try to get abducted by the Martians for quite as long next time......unless they're serving piña coladas! X

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  5. What a great Monday morning thrill to have you back Paul.............and to 'smell' the perfume from the exquisite roses shared here since mine have melted away after torrential rains, humidity and heat, now no rain and cloudy days. I truly needed a rose boost for my eyes and nose!

    I want that heart - it's adorable - perhaps I can make one with debris from the now overgrown and waiting for autumn garden.

    Happy week - hugs, Mary

    P.S. I was just in Portland, Oregon "City of Roses" and they were amazingly beautiful due to ongoing unprecedented dry, sunny weather for that area. Friends took us to several rose gardens - even our own Will Shakespeare was featured in one - the city was blooming from one end to the other, just lovely.

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    1. Hi Mary. Surprised to see you at home, thought you'd be in Patagonia! Hope you are havng a great summer. The hearts are quite easy to make. Fab aren't they.

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  6. Paul, Paul, Paul,

    Having just about given up all hope that the mother ship would bring you back to your own sweet-scented rose soil, and allow you to make a much longed-for come-back in the blog sphere, there you are! Phew, long may this earthly visit last, and pray it will be accompanied by more of your stunning photos and lovely musings. Many are we who need a few paulisms in our daily (or at least weekly) lives, you see!

    But then again, should you decide a nice swim in the ocean is preferable to a computer screen and stray to greener or bluer pastures for a period of time again, well who could blame you? It is summerrrrrtiiiime, and the living is (-supposed to be-) eeeeeasy, fish are jumpin'...and all of that.

    So, my rose-smelling friend, enjoy your petal-strewn paths and hope to see you soon again!

    Helena

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    1. Helena, Helena, Helena!
      No more space travel for me for a short while but with these intergalactic follicle farming programs, one never knows when one might be beamed skywards to donate to the Martian wig industry. Real human hair is all the rage on Pluto I hear!
      How do you know about my ocean swimming I wonder, hmmm!?
      I do hope you have been enjoying the summer and have been styling lots of beautiful gardenscapes.
      Na-No Na-No!

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    2. Dear Paul, you may be surprised to hear this, but during my years as a mermaid, I became close friends with a couple of particularly gossip-prone jellyfish off the coast of Florida. When they recently e-splashed me to tell me they had witnessed a rather unusual sight in their turquoise waters, a certain magical Englishman swimming around with a Christmas wreath on his head and an Austin rose between his teeth, well, I just knew it had to be you!

      But not to worry, mermaids have never been very good stalkers, so you are free to carry on your clandestine travels without having to worry about my revealing a thing... not a thing!

      Lake-splashing greetings from a very special corner of the world, my Swedish piece of paradise,
      Helena

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  7. Welcome back! I have been bitten by the rose bug too...now, if only I had someone to carry me around in a chair from bloom to bloom! ;)

    Have a wonderful week!

    Kat

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    1. Oh you must try it Kat, my shoes have never lasted so long:)

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  8. Welcome back Paul.........and wishing you a wonderful summer!

    Gorgeous Roses!

    Sophia

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  9. Hi Paul,

    Your post had me LOL :-) It's good to see one of your posts again. Your petit foure stand was a success! I am glad you and your friends liked the photo's I made of the stand and the tea :-)

    You are a lot like me, when it comes to plants in the garden. I have a tendency to buying plants that are not suitable for my garden, but which I LOVE as well :-). I guess it's much better to follow your example and buy only those plants that will thrive!

    I thought I had a lot of roses, but you do too :-). Do I spot a Heritage as well :-)?

    Wishing you a Happy summer too. Enjoy the garden!

    Madelief x

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    1. Hi Madelief. It's good to be back. The Scepter'd Isle is a little similar to Heritage maybe. The only thing with Scepter'd Isle is the Myrrh note is very odd on the nose, some days it changes to a very peculiar scent, not unpleasant just peculiar! Happy summer!

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  10. Welcome back to Blogland Mr P! Your roses for sure are lovely and smells so fragrant! Roses are my favourite flowers because beside their obvious beauty and scent, I am not allergic to them. Some flowers make me sneeze! You always plant the best flowers and you take care of them so well. Your photos are always so amazing!

    Thank you so much for keeping up with my Blog today! I am so touched! :)) Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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    1. Cheers Pamela, Fragrance is very high on the priority list when in comes to planting in my own garden. It's always feels like a missing element to me if a flower has no fragrance. Enjoy your roses and the summer:)

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  11. Wow beautiful! What a green thumb you have!

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  12. Paul, so happy to see you back but also happy to hear that you have been "taking the time to stop and smell the roses." These are beautiful! I love them all, I only wish that I could smell them.

    I hope that you enjoy your holidays,

    Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you for your lovely message Elizabeth. It was great to have a nice break and now I'm back I've never been busier, lots of new projects taking off here, so happy bunnies all round. Hugs.
      Paul X

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  13. Dear Paul,

    Thankyou so much for share all these beauty here...!:)*

    How immensly gorgeous they are!!!
    All of them are so different and so beautiful....Looks as a mother Nature gives us a big wonderful kis:)))*


    Wish you perfect summer week,
    ***Violetta***

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    1. Hello Violetta, hope you are having a great summer. The roses are absolutely gorgeous aren't they! I agree Mother Nature gifts us some spectacular creations:)

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  14. Well, lookie lookie :) Welcome back, Mr. P! My roses are not performing well this season, so I'm delighted to enjoy yours. Simply smashing!
    x Loi
    PS - Loved all your Instagram tropical pics, btw. Fabulous holiday trip!!

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    1. Well Hello there Mr Loi.
      The roses were a big hit this year, I 'm so thrilled. I predict next season your roses will be absolutely glorious!
      Glad you liked the little sunshine trip pics on instagram.
      Swim, swim, swim little fishies!
      Have a fab weekend.

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  15. These are spectacular! I need to get some rose bushes, something I have never gotten in to.
    Enjoy these beauties!
    xo Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy.
      I am a complete rose convert now. I am pretty sure you'll get hooked too. Think of all those lovely blooms you can cut and bring into the house in summer. Yummy!
      Have a great weekend.
      Paul xo

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  16. I thought perhaps you were on a slow boat to Texas

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    1. Hi Gina.
      It has been forever hasn't it. I caught the tail end of that long, long soul train but now I'm back! Hope you are having a fab summer. Looking forward to catching up.x

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  17. Hello Paul,
    I have that image stuck in my head now, you on a sedan chair swathed in the finest loin cloth smelling the roses! Hah, what a hoot. Roses are marvellous!
    Di
    xxxxx

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    1. I couldn't think of a finer image to have in ones head Di, you lucky, lucky thing you! X :)

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  18. Paul, Thank goodness for Instagram or I would have thought you fell down some rabbit hole, which isn't that unlikely given your penchant for gardens... Lol! Now I know you were listening to some crap 80s music like me and flitting about the garden. (Thanks for the comment on the blog!)

    I think these are some of the loveliest photos yet and I hope you are framing some! You could certainly sell them. I agree that the scent is something I really dig :D when looking for flowers and plants now that I didn't before. Nothing like a heady garden on a Summer evening!

    Glad you popped back! xxKim

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    1. Hi Kim.
      If the mothership does return to whisk me away from blog land or if I do follow the white rabbit underground, you can always guarantee a little keyhole view of my adventures via Instagram.
      It's also so nice to see so many friends on IG now and to keep up with your fab travel series which I adore. I do have a bunch of posts stacked up now and will begin posting regularly again very soon.
      I am so glad you like the roses too, summer isn't summer without scent in the garden and I agree with you 100%, I love the kind of scented garden that knocks your socks off, no room for subtlety in that department thank you very much. XO

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  19. Well boyfriend- while you've been sailing around the galaxy--- we've all been missing you :)

    The roses are glorious- such beautiful colors. I've never been successful growing roses and I'm so envious of those who can. Your garden must be splendid right now-- and it must smell delightful!

    Summer is fading over here--- the Autumn word is on the tip of our tongues. I'm SO not ready--
    Xoxo
    Vicki

    Ps-- so glad you are back :)

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    1. Hey Miss Vicki,
      So glad you like the roses, I am hooked now. One of the main criteria for this garden was scent and this year has been the best so far. I am have the most amazing summer that I don't want it end even though I love all the seasons.
      Autumn is a fab season and you are so right, its on the tip of our tongues too. I'm drawing up autumn plantings plans now, there's bulb planting, harvesting the fruit in the garden, the nights getting shorter, pumpkins, new wardrobes, how exciting :)
      I do hope you are having the most fantastic summer,sailing off to some exotic locale to dip your toes into crystal clear azure waters whilst sipping on Piña coladas;)
      Xoxo Paul

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