Jane's Jottings

I just love Roses…..

Rose Bowl

I picked these yesterday to cheer up my very gloomy house

The weather here in the Cotswold has been really quite depressing this month – So much for Flaming June! I am still wearing a vest and we had the electric blanket on last night! I had been out dead-heading the roses and suddenly decided that I needed some roses in the house. The variety of colours was so lovely – I am sure no-one would believe you if you painted them accurately.

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One of my few hybrid tea roses – This was bought for me after I had been teaching at a needlework shop in Woburn – Sadly the shop is long gone…….

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I have been collecting David Austin Roses for a number of years and this year they have been lovely. I am so mean, I buy them out of season and cross my fingers that I can look after them properly. As we rarely go away in the heat of the summer, I can make sure I water in any new plants regularly. I am not good at the art of pruning but seem to get away with cutting everything back quite hard in the autumn and keeping my fingers crossed.

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Last year, I treated myself to three small standard roses for the front path to Pinks Barn. In spite of the blackspot and the greenfly, they seem to keep going. Last year they were still flowering in later October!


 This sweet little climbing rose was here when we moved to Pinks Barn over twenty years ago. It has survived builders and carpenters with and without scaffolding!Pink on house

I planted this climber when we built the front porch during our first year here. We always get a wonderful show in June and then it refuses to offer again.


Here is a little free chart of a tea rose which may be stitched on linen or Aida fabric. If working on 14-count Aida or 28-count linen, I would use two strands of stranded cotton (floss) for the cross stitch and one only for the backstitch.

If you would like to find more charts of roses and indeed,other flowers do go to my

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Date posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Comments (2)

Your roses are beautiful!

Comment by Karen on Sunday, June 21, 2015

Love your roses…Thanks for the rose design

Comment by Beaj on Friday, January 6, 2017

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