Linky Party Australian Style ~ Come & Smell the Roses!

Wed 25th, May, 2011

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Helloooooooo lovelies!  Thanks for the fashion love…if you had questions, I answered them in the post comments here.


Ooooh I am so excited!

Yep it doesn’t take much, not only do I dance at doonas and vintage things, I REALLY love having grown my first Australian rose in my very own Australian cottage garden.



This may not be the best cottage in town but it now is the proud owner of two rose bushes that have not only bloomed they have positively blossomed and are both sporting lovely WHITE roses.

So now not only do I encourage you here today to get out and smell the roses, now I really can do that in my very own back yard.

I love that.

Like really love that.




You see, because lots of people, including my very old and very very very good gardener neighbour, who is all of in her late eighties and tried to grow everything in her garden, have told me that I would never be able to have roses like I wanted growing in this sandy soil with the coastal breeze and all that salty stuff in the air.

Nup, they said…

She said she had tried all sorts with no success…

But, something was telling me to give it a go and so this time last year, in a budget department store there were Hybrid Tea roses, in white no less, selling for not much at all…

and so I threw two of them in my trolley along with my washing powder and thought that I didn’t have very much to lose…

and back at home I gave no thought much to where they would sit in my place…I knew I wanted them in the back so I could sniff them in peace in my pj’s or knickers without funny looks from the neighbours and so I shoved them in a semi-shade spot that gets fairly hot in the summer…by the fence so fairly protected.




…and by golly, not long after they showed signs of growth…and so I kept nipping them out to encourage them to grow bushy and not upwards…but never did I have a sign of a bud or a bloom…nothing…I thought I was headed for being rose-less for the rest of my life…

I kept my eye on them for about 6 months or so, maybe more and then I kinda gave up checking on them…

and before I knew it out shot big long shoots…and blow me down on the end of each one was a rosebud!

I could have kicked myself though because if I had continued to keep an eye on them I would have many more blooms rather than these ones on the end of long shoots…

but for now I am not complaining…

I have roses…

watch out David Austin


Now let’s see what you’ve got goin’ on for Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesday in your place this week?  (Just add your link below…it doesn’t have to be fancy…we are just sharing…if you need more info on the how it works go here)



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35 Responses to “Linky Party Australian Style ~ Come & Smell the Roses!”

  1. Jaime says:

    Sarah if only we could smell and touch through the screen! Congrats, your thumb must truly be green.

  2. Congrats, Sarah! That is one gorgeous rose!! Mine are budding out right now – and I can hardly wait to show you the pink climber on my arbor….! :)

    xoxo laurie

  3. tami says:

    Sarah, they’re beautiful:) Well done! They will most likely last longer too in the Coastal air, here it’s very hot and our Roses tend to die too quickly or shrivel. So I clip them when they’re fresh and new. Gorgeous photos too my Dear, thanks for letting me link up. xxx

  4. Marnie says:

    Ooooooh Sarah, they are beautiful! They look like whipped cream. What do they smell like? (and don’t say “a rose”) lol
    Thanks for hosting again…I stuffed up my linky picture and i don’t know how??
    x Marnie

  5. wow, beautiful flower! Thanks for hosting this blog party.

  6. Stacey says:

    Oh my word! Those roses are beautiful! What a blessing they are!

  7. kari says:

    They are JUST your color!! Perfect!! And as a kind gesture to an older lady, I’d take one over to her…. She’d be so happy for you!

  8. Deanne says:

    Fabulous, we used to have some roses until some sheep we had got out and ate them one too often, I keep meaning to get some more.
    You have inspired me!

  9. Fabulous shots as always! Thanks for hosting..!

    G’day :)


  10. Alima says:

    I love white roses! Beautiful! And, as usual, fabulous pictures! So happy for you! I always get excited when my vegetables or flowers start blooming too!

  11. emily says:

    thank you for hosting!!!
    love your blog!

  12. bj says:

    Love your white rose….

  13. Jacqueline says:

    Congratulations on your sweet success!

  14. Serendipity says:

    I am so impressed! You have every right to feel a sense of accomplishment, your roses are simply stunning!!!!

  15. jojo3b says:

    I love the description someone made of your roses looking like whipped cream. Delicious.
    I live in South Australia and roses love our climate(lucky me). My mum grows the best roses, yet does nothing except cut them in winter.So when I’m waiting for mine to bloom I pick huge bunches from her garden.
    I was a little late to your fashion post yesterday and have a question ( i asked there first-then thought you may not go back)… you mentioned you used Lancome mascara for 15 years before giving it up for another new favourite…could you please tell me which one your using now. You see, I’m a huge fan of Lancome mascara and thought “whoa…after 15 years and have another bestest,must be pretty good.
    Enjoy smelling the roses.( in knickers or jimjams or any other attire teehee) ;)

  16. Yay – well done, you. I was always tolf that ‘real’ gardeners frow roses!!! So you must be officially a real gardener now. Congratulations. ;-)

    I looked through your ‘about me’ page the other day (stalker-alert!!) and I didn’t realsie that you were English. Well done for making the move to live in Australia – that must have taken guts. I’m English and live in England and sometimes wonder what it would be like to live abroad for a while…

    Thank you so much for hosting, Sarah.


  17. Well done Sarah, I know that feeling, I live on the east coast of Norfolk, a few minutes from the sea and I struggle with my Roses but once the’re established and yours sound like they are now, you’re on a winner x

  18. Robynne says:

    Well done! I’ll bet the old lady next door is baffled, but impressed! Robx

  19. paddy says:

    Yes, but more importantly, which football team are you supporting? Go the Maroons!

  20. Robyn says:

    Cool! You’ll be having all the neighbours around for lessons ;-)

  21. sarah- i so get this rosey feeling!!
    there is nothing like growing something- rose lovely & white….or in my case, pinky round the edges too, that someone said couldn’t be done!

    go girl!!
    these are lovely…

    Melissa x

    and thanks for the plimsole link- everyone needs a shopping trip to melbourne don’t you think!!

  22. Suzanne says:

    Hi Sarah!

    So pretty ~ you are right, watch out David Austin! I’ve got some of my buttery white roses blooming now too and just love them. I’ll share sometime soon.

    Ciao bella,

  23. Laura says:

    Hi there
    You know, I’ve been trying to recreate that English garden here in NJ (very hot summers and frigid winters)… I have managed to lose a couple along the way, but this year I have had success. This year a rose that has been in my garden for almost two years and never had a flower on it, bloomed. We didn’t even know what colour it would be, as it was brought in a selection and two never made it. Anyhoo, it’s a beautiful delicate pale pink and smells divine. It’s rambles through our picket fence and as I walk up the path, I can smell the fragrance. Just divine. I’ll try and link up next week to show you. As it is, this week, I’m up to my armpits in paint! Lx

  24. Susan says:

    Beautiful rose :)

    Love your cushions…… ;) I ummmed and squished and carried them around the store before I popped them back. My Dad was born in Portsmouth so I almost HAD to have that one…. But I restrained. But I quite love how they look in the background at yours……nice.

    Might linky up tomorrow.. I should be sleeping x

  25. Poppy says:

    Congratulations on those gorgeous white roses. Loved reading your story on roses. Roses are my favorite flower and I’ve tried growing them so many times but with our harsh winters and rainy springs I always have a tough time making them survive… my biggest problem with them are aphids… they suck those rose stems and they shrivel and die.. do you have any suggestions? Thanks for hosting and sharing these lovely pictures of your roses. Enjoy!~Poppy


  26. Eileen says:

    Wow, You should be pretty proud of that rose bush Sarah. I love white roses, and pink roses. I just picked a bunch the other day from a white rose bush my daughter gave me last year. I was so happy to see it bloom this year….I wasn’t sure it would survive, but it’s thriving.
    It’s such a treat to have them growing in your own yard isn’t it?

  27. Karen Milholland says:

    Love, love, love your site! Even though I’m landlocked in High Point, NC, and grew up in Greensboro, NC (about 40 mins. away), I think I inherited a love of the sea from my Mother’s side of the family from Southampton and East Hampton, NY. We used to spend a week each summer with my Grandfather, Grandmother, three sets of Aunts and Uncles and eight cousins. Seven of those cousins were close enough that we could play every day during our visit (at the beach, all kinds of games, hide and seek…), and we would always have a huge picnic each visit – kind a pot luck summer food feast. There were side of the road at the edge of farm fields fresh produce stands and my Brother and I always got to shuck ears of fresh corn. Those are some of my favorite childhood memories.

    Anyway, I also share a love of decorating with white, things from the sea, crafts, thrift, and imagination. Hello Kindred Spirit!

    And don’t let anyone ditz your photography. I love it. You help bring the sea to the landlocked like me. I always decorate w/ things from the sea for summer.

    Gotta go, but I love your blue ribbon and pearl bracelet too. And I discovered button bracelet directions last night. I’ll have to try it with a variety of white buttons.

    Keep up the good work!

  28. Oooooooo! So pretty!! Do you know what kind they are?? John F Kennedy? Pascali? So excited for you! I remember when my first rose bloomed. I could swear I heard angels singing. I always used to give my grandmother the first rose of the season.

    Die hard rose freak here…One of these days I’ll send you a shot of my formal rose garden. It is LOVELY!

    Hugs and God bless Sarah!

  29. Laura says:

    Hi I just found your blog a few minutes ago and there must be something in the air. For one I am sitting here with a broken foot, secondly my friend just brought me to the shops to find some shoes no high heels or flip flops. Lastly my 5 year old just ran down the street with a bunch of sweet smelling roses from her friends mum’s garden since she heard of my foot. I would love to live on the beach so I ll go back to looking for a beach vacation house. Enjoyed the pictures of yours.

  30. Hey! Don’t you think your neighbour has French people on her family tree… Because I believe it’s one of their favourite phrase “it’s not possible”! Wonderful white (emphasis on the “white”) rose!

  31. Sibylle says:

    thanks for hosting another great party! awesome pictures too!

  32. Jan says:

    WOW what beautiful roses, definitely something to be proud of that’s for sure when everyone said you couldn’t get ‘er done. I’d love to have you share your roses on my blog today.