Monday, 30 January 2012

SUMMER FRAGRANCE


Hello dear friends

I tend to forget that not everyone
in the world and blogland
are experiencing the joys of
Summer.

So I thought I would give you
a wander through the garden
to see just what's in flower
on my side of the world
in New Zealand!

This is a New Zealand bred rose named
Aotearoa
(the Maori name for New Zealand).

It is a wonderful rose for picking
and has a long flowering period
from November until
May/June.
Maybe you could enquire at your
local garden centre or a rose grower -
you would never regret
adding this one to your collection.

You will all probably recognise
Souvenir de la Malmaison.

She is a my favourite of all roses,
 an exquisitely fragrant
Bourbon rose.
Cecile Brunner
is another favourite.
She has a sweet fragrance
and makes a wonderful climber.

A beautiful striped rose.
I'm sorry I can't remember her
name, but I think she is a
sport of the old gallica
Rosa Mundi.
I adore this old creamy Foxglove
and it's a perfect companion for
roses -
as is this delightful
Love-in-a-Mist -

and this soft pink Alyssum
and this Lavender Ruffles.
I bought this new variety
last year, but it only flowers
during the Summer.
Whereas dentata flowers
all year round in Auckland.
Ruffles is quite a showy
performer tho!!!

I hope you've enjoyed your wander
and just think, Spring is just
around the corner for most of you!!

Thank you all for popping in to see me
especially those of you who leave
comments.... love you!
A big welcome to my new followers
Thank you for joining my blog.
Be kind to one another
Love and hugs
Shane x

20 comments:

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Oh how lovely to see the roses Shane - wish I could smell them! We used to have a rose garden at the dairy farm that my MIL planted. It was actually at the dairy shed in the centre of the tanker track! It's still raining (drizzly rain and ever so humid) over here and if I dare to go out in my garden the leeches come after me! I only have a few roses and my hedge of lavender did not appreciate all the wet summers. There is one lavender that survived and that's next to the path which is nice. We are now trying blueberry bushes in that garden bed which is edged with rock. The ability to grow tropical fruit and flowers is one compensation but I do sometimes miss my first garden in NZ which I planted in cottage style.
Lovely photographs - I'm sure your readers in the Northern hemisphere will appreciate a touch of summer!

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh my ! The flowers are so glorious. Were in the middle of winter here, so these are pure eye candy. I'm dreaming of warmer weather .
Hugs Lynn

Gudrun said...

After winter---oh, the wonderful springtime and summer for us in Sweden. Love to see your flowers!
Hugs Gudrun

Liz said...

Love that stripy rose - absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful photographs.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Wonderful, wonderful photos! I wish I had a garden, but I make do with trips out and our allotment. Managed to capture some snowdrops and a small ray of sunshine this weekend with some daffodils. Suzy x

Dalmazia Lodi Rizzini said...

oh..che bello, shane! hai aperto una finestra sull'estate...mi pare di sentire questi profumi...specialmente perchè qui in questo momento sta nevicando!!!!!! grazie per le belle foto...dalmazia

Margaret said...

Divine, I'm in my mother's garden, I can smell them fron here, sigh... Mx

It's me said...

Wowwwww beautiful rosses and flowers in your garden !! thanks just what i need right now......we have snow here in Holland....for the first time this year.....i hate it.......brrrrrr.......i am just home with the dogs.....they love snow.......i hope spring will come soon....xxx...

Dagmar said...

hello Shane,
What a lovely post..you can almost smell those beautiful roses...how sweet you are to share them..saw in your posts you will see your sweet new granddaughter in a couple of months..how sweet will that be...sunshine and hugs to you..
Xox
D

babyjane said...

What GORGEOUS specimens these are! I am so envious of these beauties. My only flowers are my tough little pansies. Thanks for sharing the stunning photos!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Shane, how wonderful to see all the summer blooms in your corner of the world. It is easy to forget that we have different seasons. That striped rose looks like a paper flower. So pretty! We've had very mild weather lately. Not cold, not hot, just perfect. Wishing you a great week. Tammy

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I can almost smell the roses from here and how lovely to see them instead of the dull yucky snow/mud we have had here.

Privet and Holly said...

Thank you for that
fantastic trip through
the garden...mmm....
I could almost smell
those roses, which are
amazing, btw! I hope
to return to NZ in the
spring, someday. My
only trip was mid-October,
back in the fall of 2002,
and though the roses
weren't blooming, the
spring bulbs were and
it was beautiful. I hope
your week is off to a
lovely start, Shane!

xx Suzanne

Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

Ohh..I miss my New Zealand garden Shane! Thank you so much for this lovely reminder...how gorgeous is that Aetearoa! :)

Jeanne xx

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Hi, just a quick note to let you know I have nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award, for full details check out my blog! Suzy x

Happy@Home said...

Hi Shane,
Thank you for your recent visit to my blog and kind comments.
I enjoyed this chance to see the gorgeous flowers that are blooming for you. It is winter here now, but feels more like spring. The spring bulbs are poking out of the ground so it won't be long now.
I look forward to many visits to your blog. It's the next best thing to going to New Zealand. I have heard so many wonderful things about your country!! We visited Australia in 2010 and I'm kicking myself for not working in a trip to NZ.

Radka said...

Thank you, Shane, for sharing your garden with us :) How lovely to see all that colour, something to look forward to, soon I hope. It is very cold here, minus 5 right now :(

Cheryl said...

Shane,
Your flowers are absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing them with the blogging world.

Take care.
Cheryl

Jeanie said...

These are simply gorgeous! Oh, how I long for the pretty pink flowers of summer -- though I shouldn't complain -- January and 50 aren't often things said in the same sentence here -- unless it's someone's birthday! Definitely NOT with the weather! Must look down at your next!!

~*~Patty S said...

Your garden tour is absolutely divine Mz Shane!!!

I adore roses and Nigella and Lavender and well all flowers

it is lovely of you to share your summer garden with us...everything is bare and brown here

altho the daffodils are a bit confused because it's been so warm...they have already sent up green leaves

I will put on head on the pillow tonite dreaming of your sweetly scented roses and pear tartes...thank you very much :)
oxo

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