Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Charming Charmain ~

In the street side garden at the front of the house grows the lovely David Austin rose: Charmain. I first saw it when on a garden tour that was sponsored yearly by the wonderful nursery woman, Mary Lou Heard.  It was so beautiful that I had to include it in my garden, thus, there are two of them, one at each end of the stone wall, both trained as climbers. It is one of the first and last roses to bloom.

Sadly, this rose has become difficult to find, passed up most likely by the newer David Austin offerings. 
It has a lovely fragrance like many of the Austin's and a beautiful, full, elegant flower. This morning I cut a few blooms to bring into the house...they are exquisite; the first of this season.

As you can see they are very happy, full of buds and ready to enchant, accompanied by this little iron ant walking across the top of the wall. He seems to like them too!

Speaking of insects, I found this book at the library, it sounded fascinating. Although I like insects, especially good bugs in the garden I really don't think they will appear in my diet soon. 

How about you are you up to a snack of edible insects? Or would you rather enjoy a rose? Of course you could always do both.

Thank you for visiting ~ I hope you have a beautiful day.


  1. I love your roses. I'll have to look for that one and see if I can find it. It looks like a beauty and I'd like to add to my rose collection. Wish I could smell it.

  2. I love the Heard's Garden Tours - they are having another one this year - I believe around May 5th. Have you been to the Nursery that took over her site?
    I had purchased one the Mary Lou Heard's roses but it died on me so I am on the look out for another one. Your David Austin rose is beautiful. I have a yellow one but can't remember the name but the smell is wonderful. My garden is going crazy also.
    Have a wonderful week.

  3. I'm smiling at your edible bug idea. No thank you, but I love your garden statue. Your roses are absolutely beautiful. I'm looking forward to green returning to our yard. Today was a high of 22. The girls did manage to sneak one more skate on the backyard rink.

  4. Oh, Adreinne, I think you must have the most beautiful garden. I love David Austin and have a couple that I don't know the names of. Your photos are gorgeous also. I probably have told you that before, but they intrigue me. What kind of camera do you use?..Happy St. Patrick's Day..Judy

  5. I love roses, especially English roses. I think I will add some in the garden this year, I like their

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