It was raining, not hard and not continuously but enough that after a day of plodding around planting tomatoes in the mud I didn’t feel like collecting flowers. More rain this morning but by the time I got home from work it had cleared enough to pick these slightly bedraggled iceberg roses.
A standard rose almost 20 years old, growing in a hot spot between the driveway and the door, subject to runoff from the drive in winter and drought in summer, Iceberg blooms madly, never gets blackspot, ignores aphids and the occasional bucket of warm water to deter them, and smells sweetly. I imagine it as a streetwise rose, not romantic and fluffy but tough.
With it I have Salad Burnet and foliage of Asparagus Fern, Jasmine, Pyrostegia, and Tecomanthe dendrophylla. Thanks to Cathy for hosting ‘In a Vase on Monday’ every week at Rambling in the Garden.