Monday, 12 October 2009

Late flowers in the autumn sun

Borage against cherry bark.

Out on the heath, young heather plants compete with the bracken that is invading so much of the open New Forest. Measures to control the bracken are badly needed as its spread reduces grazing for commoners` ponies and cattle and prevents the growth of many native heathland plants. Bracken is poisonous to grazing animals but they will feed on it when they are hungry.

A spray of the hybrid tea rose, Queen Elizabeth. My OH and I were both born in the mid 1950s. Both of us remember having the Queen Elizabeth rose in our childhood gardens. It was a favourite of our mothers. This one grows in a raised bed, along with Peace and several traditional hybrid teas. Peace was one that my grandparents loved to grow.

1 comment:

Bovey Belle said...

My mum's favourite rose was Ena Harkness and I share her love of roses, especially the deep red ones. I can remember how thrilled she was when she finally got a "blue rose" - and what a disappointment it turned out to be!