I am definitely bursting with excitement because my last count of buds is close to 40 (40!!! The newbie gardener asks, “Can that be true?”):
You see, this is my first ever bona fide rose bush. I had bought it at the nursery two weeks ago. My heart went out to this bush simly because of its name — “Jude the Obscure“. My heart was moved with pity and really wanted to bring it out of obscurity…. okay, end of my melodrama! Truth be known, I couldn’t make up my mind which bush to buy (imagine that, there were only about five different types of David Austin rose bushes at the nursery, and I couldn’t make up my mind!). Once again, my husband gallantly came to my rescue and made the decision for me. We love the color; we love the shape; we definitely love the scent.
What fascinates me is the drastic color changes these rose blossoms undergo. I am showing you two different blossoms on a particular day (again, the newbie gardener asks, “Is that normal?”):
Just one day later (taken at the same time of day as the previous day), these blossoms became:
Then, they “matured” into this subdued shade of subtle apricot, cloaked in an unmistakable air of elegance:
I hope I would be able to keep this rose bush alive and well through this growing season, and hopefully by then, I will feel much more comfortable and confident in venturing out even further in this business call rose gardening. Don’t get me wrong, I love the end results (beautiful rose blooms). I am just a little uncertain about my care-taking skills! :)
It’s been fun chatting with you my bloggy friends. I will be back on Monday. Meanwhile, have a blessed weekend!