Roses – the flower of romance

Roses are common these days, but when we receive them, it means something special: romance. Many years ago, my then boyfriend (now husband) drove from the Gold Coast to Armidale just to give me roses. No other reason—just to give me roses. He arrived at my door, cold and wet (I think it had been snowing), clutching the roses. Very romantic, and the girls I lived with at the time were jealous.

Roses aren’t cheap either. I once saw an arrangement of roses being sold for just under $2,000. Some bundle of roses.

As you know, I’ve been lucky enough to move to Toowoomba, the garden city. The gardens here are so well kept. I can’t help but take photos. Hell, technically I’m still a tourist.

The people of Toowoomba are genuinely obsessed with their gardens as you can see.

Shaped garden hedge

This hedge is in the front yard of a house just down the road from my own. My front yard has hedges like this, but not shaped into the snaking wall that this one has been.

Admittedly, I’ve also seen some overgrown front gardens. However, many Toowoombans keep their gardens in prim and proper shape. That says it all. They want to convey a sense of properness. Perhaps that is what drew me to Toowoomba too. It’s so European, and actually, now that I think about it, there is an absence of the native plants. People grow the wattles, but there seems to be more hedges than anything else.

The gardens generally give off a sense of calm

The Remembrance Gardens exude serenity. I often go there to remember Mum and Dad, who have both passed on from this life.

Rose Garden in the Remembrance Gardens

They look a bit scrawny from afar, but these roses have a beautiful scent.

Manicured Gardens at the Remembrance Gardens

See what I mean about being manicured. Everything is shaped and controlled. Everything is in its right place. It’s very beautiful. I happen to like order. It makes me feel in control. Lol, not that I am.



The little bridge

This reminds me of something you’d see in Japanese gardens.

The water features

You can’t have a garden without a water feature. I’m not sure that the picture does it justice, but the water runs underneath the bridge featured in the previous photo and continues on to another water feature.


 Each rose has its own personality

They’re different in their own way.

Red Rose

As you can see, the depth of color is striking. These are my favorite.


White Rose

From the passion of the red rose to the purity of the delicate white.


Pink Roses

I could have walked around for hours snapping photos. The yellow stamen sets off the pink.


Pale Pink Roses

Perhaps you could say that these are white with a tinge of pink. They’re beautiful all the same.

I have a bare trellis in my backyard with only one flowering climber running through it. When I get a chance, I’m going to buy some rose climbers and decorate the foot of the rose bushes with daffodils. I think that’ll look awesome, or maybe clichéd. I’ll think about it a while longer.

The Coven Update

I am still behind schedule, but I’m slowly catching up. I’m almost halfway through the first draft, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but I’m hoping to finish part III this week. 🙂

Show me your pics

Now that I’ve shown you my pics, I’d love to see yours. If you have some gardening pics you’d like to send in, email them in, and I’ll publish them.

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