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Better late…

May 10, 2010

 In past years I have tried to chronicle the blooming of the Canary Bird Rose as a sign that spring is on the way (it’s generally one of the first to flower).  But this year it was very late indeed…

Unfortunately the one outside my front door has been pruned back so hard that there is no chance of it flowering at all this year;  but the big one in the middle of the Green was suddenly profusely in bloom when I got back from a long weekend away last Tuesday, 4 May.

This is about three weeks later than in 2008!

Meanwhile I have just walked through the Rose Garden in Greenwich Park (very chilly! — swathed in scarf and gloves);  not a bloom in sight, except for a pretty ‘wild’ rose and a bush of what I would have sworn was Canary Bird but they call Rosa Hibernica

Spring, the sweet spring

April 13, 2008

rosa xanthina spontanea
Everybody knows the English only like to talk about the weather… But it’s been a funny old spring this year, mostly cold and drab, and despite global warming we had SNOW last weekend – but only a couple of days earlier it was the warmest day of the year so far, sunny shirtsleeve weather.  What’s going on?

Anyway, as far as Nature is concerned, spring seems to have been mostly very slow in coming (despite daffodils appearing in the flower shops ever earlier:  we never used to see them much before March, just in time for Mother’s Day, but in recent years they have been around before Christmas –  flown in from the Channel Islands or somewhere – and I swear I saw some for sale in October last year.  But some of the daffodils growing in gardens really are late, and are only now just coming out).

I certainly wasn’t expecting any roses yet;  in England at any rate, single-flowering roses usually do their stuff in June or July.  So it was a great treat to look out of my bedroom window earlier this week and see a huge display of Canary Bird, busting out all over.  Now, this fella is noted for being the first rose to appear, but that would normally be in May, certainly not the second week in April.

At the moment it’s cold and dark and rainy again (good news for London Marathon runners trying to keep cool today, less good news for the onlookers).  But Canary Bird tells me that spring is on its way at last – whether early or late I can’t tell.