The Elder Rose
I don't suppose that there are many people who have a rose in their Elder tree, but we do!
I very much like roses, though I would not call myself a rose expert, nor am I a gardener
in the accepted sense. I like to allow these plants to flourish and grow to their natural height and since I have been doing so we have noticed that a quite a few people in the locality are doing the same. Roses are now showing themselves mingled with all sorts of trees and shrubs and adding colour in surprising places.
Old Rosie was grown from a cutting. She has a single layer of petals with a wonderful
scent. The only way I care for her is to remove the hips during her flowering season and
to cut out the dead wood. Then she has the freedom to grow how ever she chooses.
Old Rosie's gift to us is her scent, which wafts through the open window on warm summer evenings such as these.