Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

The old rose

When we took on the allotment last October I was determined a part of it would be just for cut flowers.

So OK the old rose was already there, but I am growing stuff and it's coming up slowly......very slowly.

Though *yay* to three sweet pea I snipped this morning.

Anyway, despite the old rose having quite a major knock back and a fair few branches snapped clean off in the very bad storms we had in April - do you remember? - this old dear has pulled through and is absolutely flourishing.

She also has a buddy that stands just as proud and nearly as tall as her and between the both of them (and most possibly judging their age) are giving me masses of roses by the absolute bucket full.

So every three'ish' days you can spy me carrying armfuls of these heavenly roses in a varied mix of delicate pastel pinks to gorgeous custardy yellows and then there are the ones with a scarlett streak to their tips wafting our way back home again under the bridge where I'm met with the oddest of looks from strangers and passer bys, but I don't care - they are far too beautiful to be left behind.

Home they come with me to fill the house with their sherberty, lemon aromas that lingers all around - it hits your nostrils more so as you enter a room - filled by the mass in as many vases, jam jars and vessels I can place my hands on.

I'm guessing it's rose betcha!

Now all I have to do is wait for my other flowers to catch up - hopefully as one fades another 'something' will come into bloom - my money is on the sweet peas. 

Or failing that I will just have to go out in search of some more vases some more jam.

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