Despite the terrible weather we’ve had this year, some beautiful things are emerging from the garden. The Snow White tree rose in the front of the house is looking better than it has in a couple of years. I really was worried about it after this past winter. I had to cut a lot of it off, but maybe that’s what it needed to come out and bloom like this now.
I also have a 3 David Austin roses in the front garden, but they just struggle to stay alive. Two of them are currently blooming – just one flower each – but they are holding on. They are such fragile things. Each year I expect to have to dig them up and replace them with something hardier, but each year they manage to grow a few inches and only half of that dies back. The flowers though are so beautiful.
And in the back of the house I have some little succulents growing in a place that doesn’t get much sun. This year they are blooming!
I don’t have a photo, but we have about 5 meters x 2 meters of blackberries growing along a side fence, just bursting with flowers and green berries. We’re going to have kilos of berries in August.
So, even though we’ve had far too much cold weather this year, all is not lost. It’s not all bad news. I’ll just keep looking out the windows at these signs of life and I’ll feel a little better about wearing my winter jacket.