Beautiful Bunch of Blooms
Something about early May brings a spring to our step… The weather warms, the flowers bloom, we celebrate yet another birthday and the Kentucky Derby is always a great excuse for a party. We’re also mindful as we age that we need to try to live in the moment and have fun, even as time seems to speed up exponentially. The words of Dan Fogelberg’s iconic song are especially appropriate today…
And it’s run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment’s at hand
It’s the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it’s high time you joined in the dance
It’s high time you joined in the dance.
Will you be dancing this weekend with a spring in your step? We hope so!
Photos of our favorite David Austin roses via Pinterest, Flower Magazine and Decor8
With many of the big gardening names absent this year and budgets for gardens being cut, new and unusual plants were the highlight of the 2009 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here are some show-stoppers, hand-picked by Jane Perrone, blogger and gardening editor at The Guardian.
Hardy's - Scabiosa Africanus 'Jocelyn'
This new scabiosa africana ‘Jocelyn’ adds beautiful color to a flower bed and makes a great cut flower, too.
Typically considered an old cottage plant, astrantia (commonly known as masterwort) is coming back into favor since it is a perfect ground cover and subtly partner to more dramatic blooms.
Tony Smith for Quilted Velvet - Busy Lizzies
Quilted Velvet tapped Tony Smith to design an avant garde garden where he planted over 12,000 pink “with a touch of purple” busy lizzies (or impatiens), surprising the event’s horticultural elite.
David Austin Roses - Rosa 'Kew Gardens'
Marking the 250th anniversary of the famous London gardens, David Austin Roses introduced this new long flowering rose which has no thorns.
Cayeux - Iris 'Coeur D'Or'
Cayeux, the French nursery specializing in the magnificent bearded iris, brought nine new varieties to the Chelsea show, one of which is this beautiful flower with an orange blossom fragrance.
Photos from Hardy’s, Greggys Stuff/Flikr, David Austin and Cayeux