The First Rose 2012
It’s always been a kind of happening for me waiting to see which would be the first rose of the year, so I’ve been wandering around the garden lately, scanning for fat flower buds that could burst into a rose at any moment now. The chinese roses were playing catch up but I would have bet all my weeds on Zéphirine Drouhin: she has a bud which has been showing a little strip of crimson petal for at least one week. But yesterday I got home and despite the light rain I took a tour of the garden and what do I find? Rosa chinensis Sanguinea with some flowers opened. Such a surprise! The poor has been ruined by the rain but she deserved a little ovation anyway, didn’t she?