Hello dear rose friends … Graham found this lovely quote to share:
DON’T STREW ME WITH ROSES AFTER I’M DEAD,
WHEN DEATH CLAIMS THE LIGHT OF MY BROW.
NO FLOWERS OF LIFE WILL CHEER ME:
INSTEAD YOU MAY GIVE ME MY ROSES NOW! Thomas F. Healey
Which leads me to share this beautiful email after I sent a GIFT ROSE last week …
“Hi Diana – GOLDEN CELEBRATION rose arrived on time and our friend loved it. She was so excited when a large box was delivered, then opening it to find your beautifully wrapped rose, was even more thrilling. Her husband of 50 years has promised to dig a new rose garden as a home for GOLDEN.
All in all it was a great choice on our part to choose a rose as a gift and to choose your company to purchase it from and you, especially, as you have been so helpful and artistic. Thanks Eileen”
Here is a pic of GOLDEN CELEBRATION
where it flowers blissfully all season climbing at the side of our little ‘summer house’ … such a joyful rose with glorious fragrance, huge blooms with masses of golden petals throughout the flowering season …
And another email which makes my heart sing …
“Hi Diana. Erin was thrilled with the SOUL SISTER Rose. Carla and I haven’t been able to catch up with her yet. We realise it probably looks like a collection of sticks but she has repeatedly messaged us saying how lovely it is. Thank you for however you presented it – Erin was blown away. We will recommend you where we can. Sincerely … Judith.”
Such a wonderful, uniquely coloured rose of perfect form with a hint of sweet citrus fragrance … the bush is medium height, very healthy and can be relied upon for a long-lasting bunch of flowers perfect for a vase – lovely rose with a beautiful name!
Remember to go to www.giftroses.com.au
when you need inspiration to find a perfectly named rose as a way of expressing your thoughts by gifting a beautiful rose plant which will offer the recipient a lasting memory of your love and care in their time of need!
Any rose bush listed at www.rosesalesonline.com.au can also be ordered as a GIFT ROSE when you follow the instructions.
GRA’s GARBLE …
(He places his ‘garble’ on a coloured sheet of paper beside my desk weekly and this one has a note at the side which says: from YOUNG GRA … what is he thinking? Possibly trying to convince himself that age 72 affords him holidays in the sun … my thought: Not yet, sunshine, but definitely when this busy rose season is over and meantime, we’ll both keep on dreaming!)
Q. Why are sausages so bad mannered? A. They spit in the frypan
Never throw away your old shoes/boots – drill holes in the sole, fill them with potting mix and grow some lovely seedlings like alyssum, calendula, pansies or parsley – all these plants attract beneficial insects which will draw them away from the roses at flowering time.
For the fun of it, paint the shoes/boots and get your kids/grandkids involved in this wonderful outdoor project – beaut fun!
Q. What did the green grape say to the purple grape? A. “breeeeeathe you idiot”
IN CLOSING … enjoy all the moments of your winter garden … it’s a time for pruning and shaping your garden for the glory of another rose flowering season – get down and dirty in your garden while the weather is cool …
cheers from Graham, Diana & Mooi