I guess you already know what this post is going to be about? Yes, the colour red! I suppose most people have a favourite colour, or some colours they prefer, and in the same way has colours they don’t like that much. I can’t stand lime green, but I like most other shades of green! But when it comes to red I have a special shade of red I really, really like. Not post-box red or tomato red, that doesn’t do it for me, but the dark red, crimson red, almost blackish-red – I think it is the most gorgeous colour!
And because I love this colour so much, I have surrounded myself with it, inside and outside :-) This is my favourite rose, ‘Crimson cascade’, and as the name hints, it’s actually a climber. I didn’t really have room for a climber in my garden, but I wanted it anyway so I have trained it up against a fence and prune it heavily every February to keep its shape. The rose flowers profusely most of the summer and autumn and I have some years had flowers all winter until I have cut it down, a bit sad to cut off flower buds but the pruning is absolutely necessary to keep it on a 5’ fence!
|I think ‘Crimson cascade’ is at its best before the flowers have opened properly, the small buds are so dark red that they are almost black.|
|After being open for a while, the roses take on a darker and darker red colour before they eventually die.|
|Here is another rose, red when in bud but a bit more dark pink when fully opened. This is ‘Mildred Scheel’.|
|And this is yet another gorgeous rose, a bit fussy and doesn’t flower for that long, but all the more enjoyable when it does; ‘Rob Roy’.|
|I have other red flowers in my garden too, this is a lovely gerbera that keeps coming again, year after year.|
|And my red lilies have finally started to flower! This one is called 'Monte Negro'|
|'Monte Negro' is an Asian lily, sadly they have no scent, but the colour is spectacular.|
ON MY WEBSITE.
FIND IT HERE. Over the years I have collected red items to go with my bedroom, and my latest find was these red glass table lamps I found in Ikea, in a perfect colour for my bedroom!
It’s July, my garden is full of colourful flowers, and although many of them are in shades of red, I do have other colours too! Next time I am thinking of presenting you with my new roses, the 3 David Austin roses I bought in February. They have all started to flower now, so watch out for next post :-) Until then, take care.
PS! Have you noticed the background colour on my blog? Yes, my favourite colour here too ;-)