Beach Cottage Growing English Roses in Australia
Fri 27th, Sep, 2013
Good moaning from Sydney Beach Cottage ladies, no moaning here though, it’s the school holidays and the sun is shining and I’m heading down the beach at lunchtime…now not only that friends, but, wait for it, we have an English rose from an Australian garden in the house!!! My oh my if you’ve been with me on this little corner of the internet lusting after beachy decor on a budget and pretty coastal things, listening to a forty is the new thirty year old rambling on about life Down Under, well you’ll know that the garden has been a thorn in my side and a hugeeeee learning curve…you’ll also know that the humble English rose, so taken for granted in the past was a big thing I missed…you will also be aware that I tried to grow roses and failed, more than once….so strap yourselves in this is a whole blog post on one single many petal beautifully layered old English rose. You may want to just come back next week if roses do not be your thing, actually make that in 8 months time because I’m hoping for a long blooming season.
After heaps of failures and sad bud-less, bloom-less roses, a few months back I decided to have another attempt, after much googling of where to buy English Roses in Sydney, how to grow roses in Australia, growing roses on the coast, you get the picture, I knew it could be done, it just needed to be right…so I set to work and ordered 6 English roses and prepared soil, chose the spots carefully and from what I read put them in hot spots, which it seems they would like, which I had presumed they wouldn’t being English I thought full on sun would make them weary and with red skin much like an Englishman in Spain.
My lovely husband helped me to dig them in and I followed the instructions on planting and settling them in, I got down on my knees and prayed to the God of Roses as we firmed them in, I watched them like a HAWK every single morning when I hung out the laundry…. I watered them, talked to them, coerced them into growing and took note of which ones were doing better in what spots…and don’t tell anyone but I stroked the pink one too.
When the first leaves and growth came I was gleeful….do not under estimate the ridiculousness of this situation….males in this house were eyebrow raising at the talk of rose growth and rose jigging, females in this house were wondering what all the fuss was about…
And then a few weeks ago buds started to appear, there was furious rosebud counting going on interspersed with the hanging of laundry…
And last week off we went to the Sunshine Coast and I knew that oh no the blooming would begin right when we were away, I did consider asking friends to pop over, take a photo and send me it on the Sunny Coast but thought this may well get me finally committed. So instead while sunbaking on the beach, going to country houses while having serious home envy, drinking too many cocktails and sitting under the Australian sun dreaming of planting a mango tree I thought about the little hotspot in the garden with my first English rose blooming away on her own.
On the plane back I leaned across to Mr BC and asked him how he thought it was doing….you know those little emoticons that have two bulging eyes and red cheeks, there was that look about him…after a busy and stressful time in our business at the moment, I believe the well-being of my first English rose in Australia was not quite top of his mind and words to the effect of one does not give a rat’s **** were uttered.
When we got home first things first was getting Barls, second thing was going out by torchlight to check on the rose. She had bloomed, she was petalled up to the eyeballs, she was sweet as a baby’s bottom and her scent was not like a baby’s bottom at all, at least not the ones that I have ever known…
And here she is.
And that is my ever so exciting life.
p.s. thanks so much for your comments on the sideways pics, hoping to get this resolved soon
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