Nov 25, 2015

Welcome to my rose garden

Welcome to my rose garden

November is my favourite time in my farm garden because it’s when the roses are at their blooming brilliant best. Right now we have hundreds of glorious roses wherever we look. The scent wafts all around the garden and into the house. I thought I’d share a few photos with you.

This gorgeous David Austin rose is a favourite.

 The climate in our part of the Blue Mountains is very favourable to roses—lots of sun, not too humid, cold winter (cold by Australian standards, that is!)
Most of the roses were already in place when we bought the place, planted by the lovely previous owner, but we’ve added some favourites as well.

This is Zepherine Drouan and it has the most glorious scent

 When we moved in more than eleven years ago, my darling husband wasn’t all that interested in gardening. But he really fell for the roses. He does most of the work these days, pruning, weeding, feeding.  Roses are known as “gross feeders”, needing lots of fertilizer. That’s where our horses and little bulls contribute! I just pick the flowers and put them in the vase—lucky me! 

Pink roses are probably my favourite


My August release from Harlequin Romance, Hired by the Brooding Billionaire was set in a beautiful, neglected garden. It was one of my favourite books to write! 

My other favourite story (because it has a cat in it!) is my contribution, Millionaire Under the Mistletoe, to the LoveCats fabulous boxed set Hot Christmas Nights to be released on December 1. These stories are fabulous—each so different I couldn't pick a favourite. There's a lot of romantic Christmas reading there for just $0.99. It's up on Amazon for pre-order now!

All ready to take inside!


Are you a rose lover? Do you have a favourite flower? A green thumb or one that’s a tad brown around the edges?




15 comments:

  1. Kandy

    Thank you for those lovely pictures this morning they have made my day I too love roses and I have a few in my dreadful garden I am not a green thumb but I have a Queen Elizabeth pink rose a white one I can't remember the name of and a mauve one that the name escapes me as well I used to have a little pink rose climbing one for many years in the backyard that came from a cutting form my Aunts but sadly it has gone but I do love the ones I have even though they are not looked after at all :(

    I loved you neglected garden story and I am reading the box set now and yours is up next cant; wait I am loving these stories :)

    Have Fun
    Helen

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  2. They're lovely stories in the box set, aren't they Helen? I feel privileged to have my story among them! Thank you for your kind words on my "garden" story, as I said I loved writing that one, it just flowed.
    I love Queen Elizabeth rose, a classic beauty. I wonder if your tiny rose was Cecile Brunner, tiny, perfect little flowers. It reminds me I don't have one in this garden and must plant one!

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    1. Yes Kandy that is the name of the little one my mum had one as well :)

      Have Fun
      Helen

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  3. What lovely roses, Kandy! I have neither a green thumb or an interest in gardening, but I do believe that a gorgeous garden is one of life's great pleasures.

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  4. Thank you Michelle, I do agree with you about the pleasure a garden can give!

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  5. Pretty... I don't have a green thumb so I just settle for either artificial flowers or fresh flowers from places at the supermarket.
    Love the colour of those Zepherine ones.

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    1. Some of the artificial ones can be beautiful too, can't they Lyn? Sometimes I can't tell the difference and have to feel them to check! That colour is lovely isn't it? A true "shocking pink".

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  6. Kandy, your roses are glorious! I have a friend who is a very talented rose grower too and she insists they're really easy and almost impossible to kill... well, let me tell you, I have achieved the impossible! Several times! ;)

    I loved your neglected garden story too! And I'm hanging out for the LoveCats BoxSet! Not long now!

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    1. Hi Sharon, roses really are tough so admiration coming your way for having won through! Seriously, though, I've realised it's a lot to do with climate. The conditions at our farm are good so that makes it easy for us!
      So glad you liked Hired by the Brooding Billionaire, my neglected garden story. All the stories in HOT CHRISTMAS NIGHTS are fabulous!

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  7. They are beautiful. I can almost smell them from here.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. The scent really is glorious!

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  8. They are beautiful. I can almost smell them from here.

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  9. Wow, what beautiful flowers, Kandy. How wonderful to pick them from your own garden. I'm a brown thumb trying to turn green as we have just moved onto 5 acres - arrrrhhh!!! Lots of weeding so far.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, it is lovely just to go outside and pick them by the bucketload. Weeds? We know all about them! It's a constant battle. Good luck with your garden!

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  10. Kandy, so sorry to be late arriving at your post, but thrilled to see these photos. I love roses planted in amongst other things as they're so bare in the cooler months. Anything fragrant is a fave with me and some of the other ones are gorgeous. We had a dark, dark red, velvety rose in our old garden when I was little called Black Boy which I haven't seen since but loved. I'm wondering if it had a name change.

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