Oh well – let’s try and look on the bright side

Drooping rain-soaked blooms of the mid-twentieth-century doer, Rosa Karlsruhe (1957)

Gardening is all about the turning of the seasons. Clear, bright spring changing to warm and sunny summer, but sometimes the seasons simply won’t play the game. Apparently, this ghastly, unseasonably heavy June rain is down to the jet stream. That is the jet stream is not normally directly above the UK at this time of year, but HERE IT IS.

Image of the jet stream for 23 June 2016 over England from netweather.tv

We see itย whipping round the world at over 100 miles per hour somewhere in the region of eight miles plus above the planet’s surface. It affects the UK by deepening the depressions heading our way from the Atlantic and that means more rain.

All this rain has caught most of my roses at precisely the wrong moment. Of the old fashioned roses the small cluster and single roses are coping a little better than their more blousy, fully quartered cousins.

Luckily, I do have a few climbers threaded through large shrubs which have offered some blooms protection from the hail and heavy rain we had last week.

It’s been a bit hit and miss with a couple of my more modern roses depending on how exposed the flowers have been more than anything.

Even my favourite soft, papery single rose Anemone Rose has been disappointing.

So, looking on the bright side we have some survivors and a weekend of deadheading!

This year’s favourite is a ‘summer only’ display and will be in full flower in July, but here’s a peak at a random early bloom of Franรงois Juranville (1906).



Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

20 thoughts on “Oh well – let’s try and look on the bright side”

  1. This is unfortunate, they were all such beautiful roses,
    but the rain their has made them much harm, my house is not better! ! !
    I wish you a nice weekend

    1. I thought we might have a sunny weekend, but it’s pouring with rain this morning. Our weather is reflecting the very sad state of our politics. We, the 48%, are weeping, weeping.

  2. It’s been a tumultuous week for England, what with rain storms and the Brexit vote! What a pity the roses were so badly hit. They looked prolific. I bet you’d rather be cutting them for a vase rather than dead heading.

    1. Honestly can’t face anything at the moment still reeling from the nightmare vote. I’m devastated for my daughter and nieces and all the youngsters as I can’t see how this vote is anything but a step backwards. The EU is far from perfect, but it has its heart and ideals in the right place. I only know Remain people and we think many of the Brexit 52% are so angry with the lying politicians, the very unfair distribution of ‘austerity’ and the super rich 1% carrying on with business as usual, they made a protest vote. Sadly, sadly, sadly they fired at the wrong target. Our politics is in a real mess. Rampant ambition and personal vendettas are even topping excessive greed – how very low we have sunk.
      I live in an area with many older people who are born and bred Norfolk who have never left the county and think that the UK can go back to some mythical past glory days!!! I’m considered a foreigner – today I feel like a Martian I’d move back to London if I could afford it. My father is 83, voted to Remain, but he thought that people over 75 shouldn’t get a vote as they won’t be around for the fallout. It would be nice to think that older people voted for their grandchildren’s future, but it appears many of them didn’t or wouldn’t listen to their younger family members and voted for the past to ‘Get back their country’. Sorry for this rant, but can’t think of a single positive to this trauma. Bet you’re really relieved you’re not British.

      1. Feel free to rant. Ever since I heard the result I have been trying to make sense of it. I never thought it had a chance. Not only because of the implications, but because it is usually so hard to get a majority of people to change something. They usually stick with the “devil you know”. I was told 70% of the young people did not vote. If that is true, then I never heard a better reason for compulsory voting, such as we have here. You must exercise your democratic right! And have an opinion! If you are of an age to vote, then you must take responsibility to have a say in your future. If you are compelled to do so by government legislation – so be it. You cannot let your future rest in the hands of others if you have the opportunity to do something about it. You cannot possibly criticise the outcome if you do not “bother” to vote . . . . I can understand the criticism against the older voters, but I can also understand why they voted to leave (if they did). It seems to be part of the ageing process, harking back to a time when you understood how the system worked and everything seemed so simple. You may recall I wrote about Yugo(no)stalgia when we were in the Balkans a few years ago. And that was people mourning the loss of communism – with all its deprivations and shortages! And we are now entering an era when our leaders have been born after 1970, so they have no recognition of how things used to operate, before this time of such massive social change, (including the introduction of credit cards, so now we have generations who have never had to learn than expenditure cannot exceed income – because the concept of “money” has become so elastic, they have no possibility of seeing the beginning and ending of it). Even I get a little afraid of my future in their hands, especially after a really bad experience in my last permanent job on account of a 40 year old bully, who had too much power and influence and no emotional intelligence. So I get why the older people have had a reversionary backlash. I also think your father is right. There should have been a ten year deduction on actuarial age for those eligible to vote. Given that voting is not compulsory, though, I am completely bamboozled as to why there weren’t some rules set around interpreting the result. What percentage of the population did they estimate would vote? I think this petition is on the right path – but now? Why weren’t these rules established beforehand? For goodness sake, we can’t make any major change in our retirement village unless x% of residents vote, and x% of those vote to change. And! I can’t find anything on the process steps for what happens now to exit the EU! All I read is who will meet with whom, or who will resign. What? There is no mudmap that spells out what organisations need to be dismantled, visas cancelled or implemented, trade deals renegotiated, etc, etc, etc? My career in trade goes back to the early seventies, so I well remember when the UK went into the EU. All my Aus and NZ agricultural exporters were excluded from their markets almost overnight (and remember, we kept you in butter and egg powder during the war :-). Bet you have haven’t had a decent leg of lamb since 1983 either ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Also, harking back to younger leaders, it seems they don’t even know how to put things back into place the way they were before the EU. Why? because they are not old enough to even remember a time when they weren’t part of the EU! For example, visa requirements for residents of Commonwealth countries. It seems as if there is a line of thinking that the wheel needs to be completely re-invented. Or, I should really strike that. From where I am, it seems no one has any idea how to proceed from here. There is no point feeling aggro towards the EU asking for it to happen as quickly as possible. If you were in the corporate workplace, you would have been marched out of the building by now. The employer gets very edgy that your “negative” attitude will adversely affect the other employees. . . . sigh . . . so confusing, especially since I didn’t follow any of the arguments for and against before the referendum. (or was that refeyendum?) In my efforts to trawl the internet to get some concrete facts on what happens next, I came across this video. Please tell me it was a set up. This girl is joking, yes? People don’t really believe that “closing the border” means no one comes in or out of the country again? What do they think happens to the airline and ferry industries? https://www.facebook.com/212667045793913/videos/vb.212667045793913/212815595779058/?type=2&theater

      2. ps There was a time I did want to be able to stay in England, and even now, I would like to spend a year or two there. I am entitled to an Ancestry visa. I didn’t apply when I lived there, as I couldn’t prove my grandfather’s birth. Now I have found his birth certificate, I see the visa only applies if I intend to work in the UK. sigh. I would intend to be self funded, but I guess the government is scared I would go on welfare? Or the NHS? Perhaps they think I’d come to the UK to get my dental work done hahahahaha (sorry, I used to be a dental nurse. Some of the work we saw on the British immigrants. yeeeesh! – but it was in the early seventies, so not so long after the war. No doubt is much better now).

      3. It’s not just non-Brits who have difficulties getting into Britain. Ten years AFTER I moved back from Holland (I’d been out of the UK for 2 1/2 years) I had to provide all kinds of evidence that I was British and had the right to live here!!!

      4. I’ve just been reading an article that people who were born outside of Australia, and then adopted here, are now having to tender a citizenship document instead of their amended birth certificate to get an Australian passport. Bureaucracy gone mad again. Why would they have taken out citizenship when the whole legal structure of adoption in our country strikes out that you ever had a prior identity?

      5. Sounds absolutely barmy to me, but these days existing in this slow motion, parallel universe, honestly, nothing surprises me.

  3. Thanks for your replies and link – oh Gwen – I just watched that vid – OMG WTF as she would say – I so wish to say that this is a joke, a big wind up. This guy has form doing these videos with his girlfriend and some people do think it’s all an act, but others don’t. Something about her unbelievable ignorance being sniggered at by her so-called boyfriend is supposed to be funny. If it isn’t genuine then she is a fine actress and should be signed up for a soap immediately.

    How sad, how desperate and oh my goodness how embarrassed am I to be British these days.
    Yes, a load of youngsters didn’t bother to vote – agree that it should be made compulsory.
    My daughter and all her friends did vote, but they’ve just graduated after living the last four years in London and so are engaged and informed. They are Millennials and you’ve probably seen how shocked and devastated they were/are. Everyone I know has signed the petition, but in reality it’s a no go as it would mean a retrospective law which isn’t possible. Yup we can’t even run a vote as well as a retirement village – says it all really.

    There’s no formal, snappy route out as nobody ever dreamed we’d be leaving. As somebody who has lived in mainland Europe (Germany and Holland), I know the British as a nation are considered awkward and not ‘joiners’. I agree with you about the negative attitudes issue and if I was in charge in Europe I’d want this sorted sooner rather than later. But, of course, now we all have to wait while 150,000 Tory party members choose our next Prime Minister. It just gets better and better. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    1. It does seem chaotic. Of course I was immune from the rhetoric in the lead up so I shouldn’t even be throwing in my opinion at this late stage. Thank goodness you are still talking to me – I might have over-stepped the mark on the previous comment. But surely there is something in the EU “contract” that provides for termination. Maybe the system has been in place for so long that everybody forgets what the original terms of “treaty” were. As for the video, one would have to think it is a set-up, otherwise, it is just a very demeaning depiction of the girl, which does the guy no credit at all. If it is not the first example, it must be a comedy routine they are running. Surely. . . . Hopefully.

      Do you follow The Reluctant Scribbler, Eileen O’ ? She put up a very interesting poem on the Brexit outcome. I can send you a link if you haven’t seen it.

      What a disappointment for your daughter and her friends. I saw one interview from a young woman who had just graduated with something, and was now planning to enhance that with a year at art school in France, and then go on somewhere else in Europe . . . Can’t remember where. But now it all looks bleak for her. Perhaps when the uncertainty dies down it will become clear that such inter country study is still possible with the correct visas. It is the work and income which might be more difficult I imagine.

      1. Despite some of the lurid tabloid headlines which seem to be rapidly popping up all over the Internet, I think most people are simply waiting to see what happens next. It doesn’t look as though there was a mapped out procedure/plan from either the EU or the UK. What’s that big bird that can’t fly – ah yes the ostrich – head in the sand kinda gal – need I say more!

        Across all sectors including education and academia I’m guessing people are hoping for a gentle separation adapting gradually over two years and not a sudden chop. It is odd, all the political shenanigans will affect ordinary people eventually, but right now it feels like a remote, media storm whipping round Westminster with the rest of the country impotent bystanders.

        Re the video and the terrible boyfriend I’m going to ask my daughter what they all think. The young lads in her circle are big on joking, but quite often what they consider banter, especially around women, is too near the knuckle for me.

      2. Despite the petition, I suspect as each day goes by people will realise the die is cast. The UK existed before the EU, so maybe attention will turn to the “oldies” to remind everyone of the systems in place before. More likely, newer and better systems will be implemented (which will just mimic the old ones, but don’t let on). . . . As for the video. It would be very sad if that young woman was a willing party to being publicly ridiculed if it is serious. I have seen some comments that he needs to dump his dumb girlfriend. I’d advise the other way around. Her intelligence may have a limit, but his behaviour can be cultivated to be as positive and supportive as he wishes.

      3. So agree with you about the girlfriend – think she should dump him whatever the truth about the videos because it’s all about her being ridiculed and belittled even if she’s in on it. Let’s face it she’s not being paid a Hollywood fee for her performance! I’m sorry if this is funny I just don’t get it.
        Yes, no going back now – I’m so hoping for new and innovative, but not holding my breath. ๐Ÿ˜

      4. People who follow our exchanges must wonder how we manage to move on to these deep and meaningful conversations from a seemingly innocent post, such as a rain storm ruining the roses. That, at least, is slightly humorous ๐Ÿ˜€

      5. Ha ha ha ๐Ÿ˜ – yes I’ve thought that. And, yes it is amusing, a 21st century tech version of the ‘putting the world to rights’ convo over the garden fence!!! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜

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