The weather here in the pacific northwest has been outstanding for quite a while now. And as it is spring, if you don't live here, this might not come as big news to you. But if you do live here, you are very aware of how lucky we are to have had such a run of sunshine.
I was out in the gardens the other day cutting roses and realized that I have quite a variety of them on the property. While I have planted a number of them since we moved in, there were quite a few already here. We have some big climbers that you can only see from specific places (one hot pink rose sits on top of our carport and you can only see it if you are on our master suite landing, which really feels like this pretty secret rose as so few people get to enjoy it!). I have a lovely soft pink climber that is establishing itself next to Chez Poulet and winding it's way up onto the pergola we added last summer. There are also a few in the entry garden, which give off the most wonderful scent as you approach our front door.
I really like roses - I like the full petaled variety that look more like peonies than vintage roses. I love anything that has a divine scent, and roses definitely have that. I really like them mixed into my gardens, rather than having a specific rose garden. I think that I appreciate them more if they are on their own, intermixed with a variety of plants and flowers.
And I think I need more things for them to grow on... I do love my climbers!