Square In September: Last Hurrah

Rose with rounded shape and droplets of rain
Rosa ‘Olivia Austin’

This is my last week to share square pictures of pink roses and, to celebrate, this week’s roses come with extras for those who were part of the challenge, or kindly indulged my weakness, even though they are not quite as keen on roses. First, a pink rose named for a lovely lady. It ticks the strongly fragrant box and though I don’t know this variety quite as well as some of the others, with further acquaintance, I suspect it would be one of my favourites. Though I can’t claim this is a bud, it is only partly open and will eventually become a rosette.

Flowers in shades of pink with starry shapes
Pink astrantia

This celebration of a flower is for Becky, for hosting the challenge so gracefully, and for all those who took part, many of them sharing a square cropped picture with varying amounts of pink in it for the whole month. Well done! I’ve loved seeing them all appear in The Reader.

Paphiopedilum in shades of white, pink, crimson and cream
Paphiopedilum collection (Venus slipper orchids)

For orchid lovers, here’s a collection of them, In The Pink, and artfully arranged with moss, slate and logs. 

Droopy geraniums in shades of pink
Pink geraniums

If we’ve learned one thing from the challenge, it’s that Pink can be interpreted in more ways that we might have imagined. I can’t claim these hardy geraniums are tickled pink , but their petals do seem to be gradually changing to trickles of pink. That’s close enough.

A perfect rose bloom amongst faded plants
Late September Rose

Finally, a deep pink rose that helped to raise my spirits a couple of days ago at Trentham Gardens (if you missed yesterday’s post you can read it here). Perky and fresh amongst the fallen seed-heads, it seemed set down in a slightly different time zone.

There’s still time to join in with InThePink, but you’ve got to be quick. Thanks again, Becky!

30 Replies to “Square In September: Last Hurrah”

  1. These are so beautiful, Susan. What a great selection – and remember you can always post squares of pink roses (and other flowers – and other colors of roses) any time you want and we will appreciate them!

    1. You’ve got a big responsibility now, to pick a subject we’ll all be pleased to see throughout December being shared by many of the people we follow…no pressure! 🙂

  2. The portrait of Olivia Austin is stunning! Between that and the astrantia, I don’t know where to put my eyes. I’ve never heard of astrantia so of course I’ve looked it up. If it will grow here, I have a place for it — so exciting! Thanks again for teaching me about new things!

    1. You most commonly see the paler, almost silvery coloured flowers. I wrote a post about using them as companion plants some time ago.

      1. Then it will not astound you to know that I was coveting the white astrantia! Alas, I think it will not do well here, but still I have it on my list of things to learn more about — right under Crocosmia (it’s not alphabetical). I will have to review that post about the lighter colors as I’m thinking about next year’s garden.

    1. Yes, it is. It was not labelled but I assumed at the time it was some form of oxonianum. I did a quick search online and can’t see anything that springs out as being the same. It was in the private garden of the owners of Arley Hall in Cheshire (The Old Parsonage) during one of their yellow book open days.

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