Serene: Path Framed By Rambling Roses

Rambling roses trained against pillars

My idea of serene… Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’ grows on a simple framework of pillars and crossbeams on both sides of a path to The Gallery tea room at David Austin Roses in Wolverhampton, England. It’s just one of many climbers and ramblers showcased along the pathway, but I always used to take a moment to linger beside this pretty rambling rose, and I’m sure you can see why. 

Together, the roses create a lovely, peaceful walk with a view. If you arrive here on the garden’s busiest day for lunch in the height of summer, serene may not be your first thought, but later in the day, the garden falls not silent, but quiet, with a still serenity.

Sharing this reminds me why I chose susurrus as my screen name when first starting to blog (read about that here).

If you’re in need of a serenity fix, check out the other posts on this week’s photo challenge: serene.

35 Replies to “Serene: Path Framed By Rambling Roses”

  1. My colleague down south complains about all the fallen petals when his wisteria is in bloom. I remind him that no one is looking at the ground with that sort of show going on above. The funny thing is that the second thing I noticed about your picture is the freshly swept middle of the brick walkway below!

    1. Good spot! I like to see fallen petals. I have a hard job not picking handfuls up from the street and taking it home when there is a lot of fresh, fallen blossom around.

      1. Oh how funny! On of my colleagues missed the autumn color of Pennsylvania so much that he took a barrel of sweetgum foliage home from work to dump into his atrium. It actually looked great, but there were no sweetgum trees around.

  2. I have Phyllis Bide on the arches in my secret garden. It blooms all summer long. I don’t know any other rambler that does that.

    1. There are a few other repeat flowering ramblers but I really like the colour of this one. It isn’t really flourishing for me, but it’s in a large pot in partial shade and left to its own devices more than is fair on any potted plant. It’s outlived several other varieties in similar conditions.

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