|Graham Thomas, a favourite climber, so fragrant|
At the moment, I'm taking a few minutes to look back at the week's postings and to share photos of my roses. Truly, let's be honest, I just want an excuse to flash rose pictures at you. They're so extravagant and fragrant and rich and ebullient and exquisite and colourful . . . .and on, and on. . .
|Rosa complicata, also fragrant, a once-bloomer, so I pay attention for a week or two. . .|
|Fantin Latour -- delectable layers, all ruffly perfume. . .|
On Tuesday, I posted my somewhat rambling post about running in Paris with my sister, not only about how this contributed to the week's differences from the way Paul and I visit Paris together, but also about how running has helped me counter those messages about What to Wear in Paris and the very admonitory tone they often carry. Not so sure I managed to express what I meant, but I loved the lively conversation that built around this post -- readers here are so great!
|Hansa, a R. rugosa that can duke it out with the tough seaside conditions and bloom healthily all summer|
Then on Thursday, I followed up with a What I Wore in Paris post, trying to demonstrate what can be done with a wardrobe that fits into a carry-on case while also, I hope, giving a sense of what the city means to me.
|Constance Spry, another beauty that pours out all her blooms in one intense bout.|
Saturday's post recounted the meet-up Pater and I were lucky enough to have with Sue, of Une Femme fame, and her husband, known on her blog as Le Monsieur. The meet-up was in Seattle, and I've promised to tell you a bit about our stay there. Until I get around to doing that, you'll notice, if you browse Instagram at all, that I could scarcely stop with my camera and the posting -- very impressed with Seattle's visual richness (to say nothing of its food. food. and yummier food!).
|Okay, you really have to look to spot these three white Darlow's Enigma blooms, but soon this whole clambering, unstoppable rose will cover the gateway in a really tough spot (seasalt, wind, dry) -- and bloom fragrantly all summer long.|
|Darlow's Enigma rose, planted here only two summers ago. . . workhorse!|
|Last photo is of a rose that needs no cultivation at all. A wild rose, the perfect companion for the seaside vista -- can you smell that rose-and-saltspray?|