Some days, all your soul needs is a pair of pretty roses




These two rose flowers came from the same bush, growing close to our front door. Most roses are high maintenance but this one has been particularly needy for all of its life – eight years so far. It has routinely suffered from a multitude of diseases and pests and, whenever a northerly wind blows hard into the front of our house, the long thorns on its stems shred its leaves. In heated despair, I have resolved to dig it out more than once!

However, I could never quite bring myself to do the deadly deed.

Then, a couple of years ago, I finally managed to get a bit of height into its trunks, the disease level abated, its flowers became progressively profuse and complex and I pruned smarter to limit the wind damage.

The flowering season has started late, owing to Melbourne’s longest, coldest and wettest winter for many years. But, as you might agree, the wait has been worth it in the case of this rose. A name? Not sure, but Presidential pardon would be sweetly apt.


About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our late 60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. From 2008 to early 2020, our priority travel destinations were overseas, although we have always spent a bit of time each year exploring parts of Australia. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). Most of our international adventures from 2014 to 2020 are covered in this blog. We have now reached a time in our lives when the prospect of long flights to distant places are unappealing, so we will travel mainly within Australia or to countries that are close to home.
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