Rose Constance Spry and Paul's Lemon Pillar together on the arbour
in front of The Humble Bungalow.
People often stop to chat when they see me out in the front garden.
I frequently invite them in
so that they can smell the fragrance of these beautiful blooms.
We get many compliments from passers by
about the roses and plants in our small lot garden.
I have often wondered what it would be like to have an acre...
I know that we would need many many more rose bushes.
Currently we grow about 30 roses
an acre would require hundreds perhaps thousands!
I would need to hire a full time gardener.
Jude the Obscure rose
a David Austin variety that has had me smitten as soon as we were introduced!
LOVE at first sight...
the apricot colour of those frothy petals
( the scent is amazing)
This bloom is about to open up fully.
David Austin roses
Jude the Obscure and Abraham Darby
both very fragrant
mixed with lacy fronds of the chartreuse green Lady's Mantle
Set atop the The Humble Bungalow bathroom sink.
Graham Thomas is a bright yellow David Austin rose.
This one is planted in our "work area" of the garden.
It is growing up a black trellis in the corner where we keep our compost bins, extra pots, wheelbarrow and stakes.
Gardeners NEED a work and storage area...
we've tried to hide ours by installing a latticework screen.
When we moved into The Humble Bungalow Garden almost 38 years ago
it was in shambles...
it was overrun with prickly blackberry bushes and invasive morning glory.
The clean up took months as we did it all ourselves.
The children were young,
Jennifer was 3 and Stewart was 15 months.
We worked together most weekends when the weather was decent.
The design has changed over the years
it has morphed into a cottage garden style
which features mostly on David Austin roses.
I pick a few roses when they are at their peak and bring them indoors to enjoy.
William Shakespeare and Jude the Obscure roses.
Constance Spry and Paul's Lemon Pillar roses.
This is Iceberg and prolific blooming climber.
This is what The Humble Bungalow Garden looked like when we moved in.
We knew that there was a lot of work required to fix this bungalow.
It had great "bones" and the location was good.
Mr HB designed and built the deck and arbour.
This picture is about 5 years old...
the rose you can see growing up the lattice is Climbing Royal Sunset.
The bed below has been completely changed...
it has 4 black pergolas with white Claire Austin roses and a boxwood hedge at the front.
Here is The Humble Bungalow before we moved in...
the transformation is unbelievable even to me!
The house next door has been torn down and a new one built in its place.
The benefits of gardening are many...
a creative outlet
calming refuge from life's struggles and stressors.
I hope you've enjoyed the rose parade today!
I'll be back again soon...
thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~