• Nicola

The Midsummer Sampler: block 8

It's the first day of June and we have reached the last stop on our summery stroll: the Rose Garden. My favourite place to be at this time of year.

the Jug of Roses block

The inspiration for this month's block is very dear to my heart. I live in Shropshire and a mere half an hour away is a little slice of paradise on earth: the David Austin Rose Nursery {and please click on that link, it will raise your spirits no end}.

First grown for their medicinal value - the hips are a wonderful source of vitamin C - roses were prized in the classical world and in ancient Persia and China. Their beauty and heady fragrance were enhanced, over hundreds of years of cultivation, in the earliest gardens. Of course those early roses flowered on