My food and life in Normandy!
it always nice to find a lovely surprise! it mademy heart dance too. this evening, it is getting so colder here..thanks for the roses.
Hello Coco,Yes, it is a pleasure to see flowers growing...Ivan
How lovely! The contrast of those red roses against white snow will be like something out of a fairy tale. It's very cold here too, -4 this morning and not getting above freezing all day. Brrr!Gillian x
Hello Gillian,Yes, it will be... we don't have snow yet - due tomorrow!! Still cold though!Ivan
How unusual Ivan! You are chillier than we are...this is magical! I am very superstitious, and I say this is a sign of something wonderful!
Hello,It is strange as there are five other bushes in the same place and it is the only one that flowered. I have to add the lady who sold us the house (her grandfather built it), passed away just before Christmas and the rose was just in bud then. I know she loved this rose as it had the strongest perfume...Hope you are doing well.Ivan
My goodness! this must be a sign that she is safe and well....and that you are meant to be the caretaker of her family home.
The rosebushes are very hardy and strong. Enjoy your roses, put a bit of spring in your home. Greetings.
Hello,Thank you, I shall enjoy them and wish for spring!Ivan :)
What a lovely surprise for you to find on a chilly winter morning! Do you ever gather the rose hips and use them in cooking? My great aunt Nan was always making rose hip jelly. Have a good day!
Hello Louise,I haven't collected rose hips before, mainly as we cut them back before they form! I shall try to remember this year. I have had some jam before which was nice and I also like the sound of it. Ivan
Dar Ivan,It's that winter sun I suppose, heating the wall and providing a micro climate. There is something very romantic about roses flowering in winter I think.Meanwhile over here on the German border, not only do we have a top temperature of -2 but snow has covered everything!Kirk
Hello Kirk,Yes, the wall helped - the strange thing was only one of the five bushes flowered. I am just pleased for some colour! We still have no snow, a dusting Monday (that melted two hours later) but we are due some tomorrow. We are right on the line again on the weather map, except the other side this time. Hope you are able to get around safely?Ivan
You are a lucky man!! Roses in January!!Marina
Hello Marina,Yes, very lucky - especially unusual for Normandy! Thanks for stopping by.Ivan
That's wild, Ivan. My mom used to get her first roses on my May birthday. Oh, but according to some, there is no such thing as climate change.
Hello Harriet,It has been mild up until now... snow today!! Hope you are doing well! Have a good weekend, what you up to?I x
What a great 'gift' to get any time, Ivan! But particularly in January. Very symbolic as well in memory of the lady who planted it. Have a great weekend.Jim
Hello Jim,Yes, they are beautiful and trick us in to thinking spring is nearly here... and then snow today!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!Ivan
Miracolo !!!! beautiful roses!!! Enjoy it!!!:)
Hello Andrea,Thank you, hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am wanting some chestnuts, by our fire - after reading your blog!!Ivan ;-)
Unusual, indeed! It must be all the heat reflecting from the brick wall. A lovey surprise. Have a great weekend, Ivan. What will you be cooking, my friend? ;-)
Hello Loi,It was a nice surprise, but why just that one and not the others is the mystery!! I am roasting some confit of duck with potatoes in goose fat as I type....Have a good weekend also.Ivan
Oh Ivan, how special! I can't imagine roses blooming in January!
Hello Terry,Nor could I! It has taken a hit today as we had some snow, pleased I took the photos when I did!Ivan
Those beauties would definitely brighten any dreary, January day :)
Hello Sara-Louise,It has done and especially in Normandy as we don't get the light you do down south!!Have a good weekend!Ivan
I have very fond memories of the roses in Eastbourne from this past June. Thanks for the memory!"Recall a happy memory as often as you like, you can never wear it out."
Hello Kay,Happy to remind you of the summer months!! Hope you are all doing well!Ivan