English Roses in October

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Ashton Court. Bristol: A dog walk, a rose garden, a hedgerow full of sloes, a dog meets cows over a ha-ha, and I think that little red flower is a scarlet pimpernel, but I’m not sure, maybe you know?

For Heidi with love!

18 thoughts on “English Roses in October

  1. uoo

    Oh thank you, Joanna!
    I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a ha-ha!
    And, Celia’s right -you are just the most gorgeous person.
    Beautiful photos – thanks , you have given me a brighter day!

  2. heidi

    I don’t know how my name got so filled with vowels.
    I think I may have gremlins stalking me!
    but I just looked up ha-has and find them quite fun- especially when they are mentioned in mystery novels.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I am pretty sure it is a ha-ha. You could just call it an ornamental ditch of course :)
      So glad you like the photos. Wish I could have bottled the scent for you as well.

  3. cityhippyfarmgirl

    I’ve never heard of a ha-ha. Brilliant. It’s now my word for the day…although I suspect there might be a distinct lack of hahas in my area. But I’ll be on the look out.
    Gorgeous roses.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I’ve just been through and corrected the spelling. My fault, Brydie. It’s a ha-ha with a hyphen. Not sure if it is said ha-ha, or ha-HA!. I think I will go for equal stresses, said with a languid english drawl and a long ah sound…

      I am sure Wiki will tell you if there are any in Australia. I don’t see why not – jolly useful thing to have in your landscaped garden and estate, like all the lovely bits and bobs that make up the well accessorised landscape, hermits’ cottages, eyecatchers, rills and so on….

      Doesn’t spoil the view, keeps the livestock out and as Heidi says marvellous for hiding the bodies in murder mysteries. Which brings me neatly round to Edward Gorey who is an American…

      1. cityhippyfarmgirl

        Too funny Joanna. Talking with friends today and the conversation turned to concealed trenches, (as it does) so I got to use the word ha-ha in context and I didn’t even bring it up :-)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I am absolutely a point and press person. Close ups done by walking up close to flowers, sophisticated huh? Gorgeous – all these compliments are going to my head :)

  4. Choclette

    Gorgeous roses, but there was me thinking they were growing in your garden – do you have some still flowering? That little red flower certainly looks like a scarlet pimpernel to me.

  5. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Sadly no roses in my garden now Choclette. I don’t think I am that good at growing them. I have a couple of David Austin ones but all finished for this year I think. The little red flower was growing on the edge of the garden area in the meadow. Thanks for the positive id :)

  6. chocveg

    Lovely pics! Hope you jumped up for all those sloes! I got about 1 kilo tonight just before dark, as the new moon was coming up and a deer was startled by this wierd woman picking sloes in almost darkness! Might go back tomorrow for the last kilo! (with a headtorch!)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      There are more sloes than I could possibly pick out there Allison. I think the deer might be even more upset by you with a headtorch. Lovely picture in my mind right now ;)

  7. In a Welsh Garden

    What gorgeous words and images! I love dog roses …and ha-ha’s, although not many people that I know would know what one of those is, but I know my Capability Brown : D

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