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

Welcome to a rose is a rose, is a rose. My roses website is my place to share with you my garden and love of roses. How the garden began, my vision, plans, failures and triumphs in growing a rather wild, Australian rural rose garden. 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.

New to living on a rural property I wanted to start a garden. There was never a question of what I wanted to grow. 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,

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

I’m a beginner gardener and by no means an expert and have learnt by just having a go, making mistakes and trying again. The garden has flourished and been a great success in some areas, with a few disasters 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 that is 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 property, the first thing I do on returning is to inspect the garden. Sometimes this is a shock if problems have arisen but exciting and thrilling too. The garden although humble brings so much pleasure and enjoyment. Working in the garden and appreciating the blooms as a backdrop to life in the country is agreeable and satisfying, being both peaceful and a good challenge. At once it affords us a haven to be enjoyed by family and friends and at other times is a quiet tranquil spot to enjoy life and continue the ongoing 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.”

I have realised quite quickly to have a garden, no matter how small or large is one of the greatest pleasures in life. The rose garden is in a constant state of change and will always be a work in progress. 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

Content and images Di Baker 2019

Header quote by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1896-1953