Monday, July 13, 2009

Scarlet

The indecently sumptuous red bloom belongs to a Chrysler Imperial rose in a pot, a gift from my daughter and son-in-law over the weekend, and it was a lovely surprise. We are preparing a space for it in the garden behind the little blue house in the village and will plant it this afternoon.

The Chrysler is a voluptuous creature, all vivid velvety scarlet petals and perfect old rose shape, a truly remarkable fragrance. It is an exuberant repeat bloomer, and I am looking forward to sharing the garden with it all this summer and (hopefully) in the autumn too. A hybrid tea rose, it will require a fair bit of protection to overwinter successfully this far north, but it can be done, and given the beauty and fragrance of the rose, I am willing to do anything and everything that is needed.

Obviously, Spencer feels the same way about the new rose as I do - he headed straight for it this morning when I let him out into the garden, sniffing it thoughtfully and indulging in much expressive tail wagging. His expression was one of pure bliss and rather like mine when I saw my gift for the first time this weekend.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The picture of Spencer is priceless. He is obviously a magnificent creature with the wisdom to stop and smell the roses. I love your photos and especially those of that wonderful guy. Thank you. The rose is pretty amazing as well.
Sarah in Singapore

Sarah said...

Priceless is right! What an amazing shot!

Tabor said...

That is so cute. A dog that smells the roses.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

What a wonderful shot. And such a sensitive dog!

Crayons said...

I skipped the spider post in favor of this one. The photo of Spencer with rose is a delight. I also like the terms of friendship that you use to describe you relationship with the rose.

Sky said...

this photograph should be incorporated into an ad of some sort. then spencer can pay a large share of the monthly expenses! what a treasure of a photo to have of that handsome boy of yours.