“I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.”

A rose is a rose is a rose website is my place to share my love of roses and to record my attempts in growing a rather wild, rural, rose garden. How the garden began, my vision, pictures, plans,triumphs and progress. It is also a collection of the rose blooms and gardens from across the world that I have discovered and found inspiring in my travels and you may too.

There was never a question of what I wanted to grow in my new garden, roses, roses and more roses….and so my garden began. Slowly at first, and now gaining momentum as we head towards the third Spring season in 2019.

Not a very colourful image but it was raining that day and hasn’t rained much since. March 2019.

“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.”

Gertrude Jekyll, 1843-1932,

Roses website is named after the words often used by Gertrude Stein in her numerous works ‘A rose is a rose is a rose’. This may be interpreted here as ‘The garden is what it appears to be and is what it is’.

I do not write as an expert, I’m a beginner gardener and have learnt by just having a go. The garden has flourished and been a great success in some areas with a few mistakes along the way that have taught me many lessons. I’m limited by the climate of rural NSW where it is hot and dry in Summer with cold frosty conditions in Winter. I’m fortunate though, to have a wonderful source of underground water especially beneficial at the moment with the extreme lack of rainfall for such an extended time in NSW.

Nahema rose

Whenever I’m away from the farm, the first thing I do on returning is to inspect the garden. It brings so much pleasure and enjoyment. Whether it is working in the garden or enjoying the blooms as a backdrop to simply living and entertaining. I enjoy all the stages of planning and adding new creative ideas to the garden design and of course the daily work of gardening.

A quote by blogger Linda Brazil resonates with me when she says

“The most important thing I’ve learned over the years is that gardening is about the doing: the digging and weeding and watering. I may plan and plot and dream but when it comes right down to it, I garden to garden.”

To have a garden, no matter how small or large is one of the greatest pleasures in life I think. The farm garden is in constant state of change and will always be a work in progress. And as garden editor and author, Thomas Cooper is quoted as saying

“A garden is never so good as it will be next year.”

Thomas Cooper

Words and images Di Baker 2019 Header quote by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1896-1953