|Elie Beauvilain (Noisette, Beauvilain, 1887)|
Most of my roses are just beginning to bloom, with one or two flowers on the bush.
|Cynthia Brooke (Hybrid Tea, McGredy, 1943)|
|Schön Ingeborg (Hybrid Perpetual, Kiese, 1921)|
...and I gathered a whole bowlful of peachy lilac blush blooms. I never tire of looking at these swirls of subtle colors, my favorite pastime whenever I have a quiet moment.
I also grow some Hybrid Teas, mostly for cutting.
|Just Joey (Hybrid Tea, Cants of Colchester, 1972)|
|Double Delight (Hybrid Tea, Swim, 1977)|
I cut almost all of these, expecting most flowers to be ruined by the storm. This bouquet is right next to me as I am writing this post, perfuming the whole room.
Say what you will about the color, I find the high centers that look like little whirlpools fascinating to look at. And the fragrance is outstanding.
Finally - speaking about gaudy - a picture of vibrant and very uncoordinated color. We planted the white spirea and the purple azalea, while the California poppy (eschscholzia californica) came uninvited. California poppies grow like weeds here, re-seed freely and often appear in a garden unasked. I spent two years ripping it out, and it stubbornly kept coming back in the same spot. I finally gave up on it and just let it be. Color-coordinated or not, it is a pretty flower that brightens up my garden. I don't know if it qualifies as eye candy though:)