The unseasonably hot weather has returned and with that, the first few roses have opened in the garden. So I guess we can say that it is summer now? 20 degrees plus forecast for the next ten days and no rain in sight. Yes, summer is definitely here. First out this year was James Galway. This photo is from two days ago, by now this flower has opened out further and is the size of my palm. I adore this rose.

Next up – oh my goodness, just look at it! This is Olivia Rose Austin, one of the new bare roots that I planted back in November. I had this one on my wishlist for ages and finally got one last year. Good decision, how gorgeous is it! Like a perfect fairy tale kind of rose, the softest cool pink and the scent is incredible. I may not get any more flowers this year so will make sure to really enjoy this one while it lasts. And hopefully next year the plant will be bigger and covered in blooms.

And if you are wondering where to find me over the next few months, I will most likely be doing this. The other night we had the windows and doors open and I could smell the roses inside the house even though only three or four flowers had opened. The best time of year might just be right now.

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