Rosa ‘The Fairy’ has gone a bit bonkers this year. She’s in a pot, goodness knows what she’d do if she was in the ground!
It means the bench is out of bounds for a while whilst she sprawls about and makes herself comfortable.
Update: I’ve always been a bit uneasy about a rose which has 3 different colourways on offer in the catalogue. According to the RHS, the pink version is ‘The Fairy’ and I see the online offerings now show this as ‘Red Fairy’. Looking at my rose and their photos, I think I may have a case of Rosa mislabelledanthicus!
An unexpected continuance of last week’s bench with spring wild flowers theme. I’ve been meaning for ages to photograph the restored ex bench in the Donkey Field nearby.
A walk back from town in the spring sunshine last week provided the ideal opportunity… and the discovery of a flash of butter yellow cowslips to brighten my view.
Looking at the previous photo, it’s interesting to see how the bench’s surroundings have changed. When it was an ex bench there was lush growth around it. Today’s bare ground and a stray pop bottle suggests it’s well used.
It’s that usage which probably allowed the cowslips to re-emerge or take hold for the first time. Around here they thrive and provide delight where the grass is kept relatively short.
The foreground is part of the Tulip Garden designed for the Chelsea Fringe by the team at Broadgate Circle, only the tulips had gone over already on day 2 of the festival.
However, the remaining garden did allow me to take this sneaky bench pic 😉
We’ve seen plenty of memorial benches and impromptu tributes here at Sign of the Times, but dedicated vases for flowers is a rather touching first.
I spotted these early* geraniums at Turnham Green tube station last week. Note how they and the painted metalwork match the tube train which just happened to be hurtling by.
* = possibly overwintered seeing it’s been so mild, or due to London’s heat island effect, or both.
I’m loving these floral and moss umbrellas on my strolls past this window on the way to the cinema with the girls 🙂
I was delighted to discover Granby Park whilst on holiday. I didn’t know it’s Ireland’s first ever pop-up park until I got home. Naturally I HAD to tell its story over at Veg Plotting today 🙂
Perhaps the sign is needed because it’s so tempting to follow the path of flowers?