Don't See Me!Saturday, June 04, 2016
|Top left and below left Rosa 'St. Swithun'. top right Rosa 'Mary Magdalene', below right Rosa 'Abraham Darby' May 23 2016|
At one time my eldest granddaughter Rebecca was so interested in roses that I gave her about 15 plants. When she was 13 she could be blindfolded and still identify about 10 of my roses on scent alone. But alas she became a difficult teenager and lost interest. I live in the hope that all that information in her head will not be lost and that one day she will come to my garden and show interest.
My other granddaughter Lauren who is now 13 keeps most of her emotions to herself. You never know what she is thinking nor does she ever start too many conversations unless she is playing with her best friend and neighbour Alina. When she comes for dinner on Saturdays she sits across the table and stares at me like a sphinx. I have no idea on the why. When she was a little girl she used to say to me at the table, “Don’t see me!” Perhaps she is getting even.
A few times she has told me (without me asking) that her favourite rose is the English Rose Rosa ‘Abraham Darby’. This rose has a superb scent of fruit that is not cloying and the blooms are huge.
I called her today (I am writing this on Friday June 3 2016) that I have a surprise for her. I gave her one hint. I told her that the surprise was linked to an iron bridge. Will she figure it out?
The healthy (11 buds about to open) ‘Abraham Darby’ Rosemary and I found at the UBC Botanical Garden shop (Shop in the Garden). I will present it to her today when she comes for dinner.
Her mother, father and sister are moving in late June to their new digs a little strata title house they have purchased in Burnaby. It has a shady back garden but a very sunny front space. I will not pressure Lauren in any way. She just might get enthused in planting her new rose.