The Last of the Summer Roses
Updated: Sep 12, 2019
Last week some girlfriends and I took a long anticipated trip to David Austin’s rose gardens in Albrighton. We’ve been meaning to get over there all Summer, but aligning our calendars is much like trying to align the stars!
With this year’s second flush of roses out, we snuck in a quick visit before the season is over and all the petals drop.
With some turning to fruit already we could sense autumn in the air.
This change of season really is my favourite time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I love Spring and the beginning of Summer, but there’s something really special about the crispness of Autumn. And this year it really did seem to come overnight.
"Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple." - J.K. Rowling
I don’t know whether it’s also because my birthday falls this month, and now I have all the excitement of a wedding anniversary to look forward to in October, but I just can’t wait for all the leaves to turn orange and berry bushes to fill with fruit.
We wandered around garden after garden, admiring the stunning blooms. My new favourite is the Roald Dahl, a gorgeous apricot bloom perfect for this time of year.
We stopped for tea in the garden cafe, although had to swiftly move inside as a few wasps swarmed us! A sign that Summer is still hanging on by its teeth!
After a lovely afternoon we headed back to Lianne’s for her signature salmon spaghetti dish and a movie night. Hello autumn.