living in london pt 7

19 May






the white flowers are rhododendrons. found out they are hydrangeas.

I saw the gardener in this housing estate planting the plants in the container just outside the front door entrance to the block of my flat.

this is like instant garden; with the flowers blooming away. its great for people who dont like to wait for the flowers to appear. it is pretty and i suppose it is one of the advantages of modern life. we dont have to plant seeds and plan ahead and wait ages for them to grow for the flowers to arrive. instead, one day there is a bare flower bed, the next, everything is blooming like crazy. haha. i think i like that. so now with the weekend of high temperatures, it feels like spring. it fact it feels like summer. flowers everywhere i go. 

even the roses are coming out in bloom  . I always thought they come out in august but no. there are huge varieties of roses.

I was at a friend’s garden yesterday, i got a call from him out of the blue yesterday, inviting me to visit him, enticing me by saying we could sun bathe naked in his garden. he lives near manor house, north london, and it was true, we can sun bathe naked. His is a rare garden, because no where in london can anyone sun bathe naked without the neighbours seeing. but what i want to say is that he had a huge white rose bush in his garden but practically all of it shows signs of remnants of a prolific blooming. now there are only a few flowers, so that bush has bloomed and gone. 

I got a email from waitrose telling me they have roses to sell. i thought they sell  the flowers, but it seems it is the whole bush plant. i suppose if u buy them and plant them in the garden u would be enjoying them for years to come. 

this blog that i follow  talks of musk roses. he lives in indonesia, and i wonder if that picture is of a rose in indonesia. it is not something i associate with but of course rose do grow in highland areas in the tropics.

i have not heard of that term (musk in relation to roses) before. i have heard of tea roses. i wonder why they are called tea roses. well, i googled it and found this link which gives an explanation. it seems they smell of tea.

And it seems musk roses smell of musk. i have to admit i did not notice the difference when i smell a rose.  rather, i mean when i smell a rose, i dont notice that it smells of tea. haha. to me it smells of rose. maybe my sense of smell is not acute. 




5 Responses to “living in london pt 7”

  1. pleisbilongtumi Monday May 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Thank you for Pinkback my dear friend. 🙂

    • alifesgayventure Monday May 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

      i was at first struck by the rose picture, i assume it is a local rose in indonesia, not a place i would normally associate with a rose. but then i remember malaysia have roses too in the cameron highlands, so i realise i should not be surprised. here in london, we get lots of roses everywhere. it is early for them to bloom, i think because it is only May, when usually roses comes into their own around august.

      • pleisbilongtumi Monday May 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

        From hundreds species of rose many of them origin to SEA and of course they grow well here and as far as I know this plants are adaptable to various climate condition. Roses bloom at any time in my country. I have pretty photos of Rose Garden near my place but I have not put them in any of my posts. Maybe someday later.Now we have roses cultivar that are more prettier than wild roses, some of them were imported from Europe.

  2. aguywithoutboxers Monday May 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Great photo! Much love and naked hugs! 🙂

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