This post is an homage to my No.1 favourite planting combination in my garden.
I want to celebrate this fabulous friendship.
Here is the mighty English Rose ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’,
and the redoubtable Hardy Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’.
I had a hunch they would get on.
They both have spectacular colour. Lady Em being the warmest apricot pink,
And Anne being glowing magenta purple.
I LOVE apricot and purple together. They make my heart sing.
The combination is balanced by the sober maroon foliage of Em, and the fresh green of Anne. Em grows in graceful levels, in spiralling tiers. She provides stability for the more mobile Geranium.
Anne circulates amongst all around her. Including this Moroccan blue pot. Anne seems to get on with everyone, intermingling freely.
Em is more reserved, sticking to her own space, but she welcomes visitors. She also gets on well with Rosa ‘Princess Anne’.
Lady Em is the most floriferous of roses. She is not without buds between May and December.
Anne’s flowers are much smaller and simpler, but she produces them in greater number.
She sparkles and shimmers in the light.
Her spent flowers are beautiful too.
Em’s scent is entrancing. She has charisma. She has us hanging on her every bloom.
It’s good that Anne isn’t the jealous type. She knows her own worth.
Rather than getting all insecure and jealous, these two seem to lift one another up.
They will keep on working hard, promoting one another’s interests, boosting one another’s confidence.
They might concede some time in December that a rest would be nice.
They will take a breather, refresh their minds, gather themselves in. And then be ready to go again in March.
I have worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for eighteen years. In this time, I have been privileged to work in a female-dominated profession, amongst other female-dominated professions of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Teachers and Clinical Psychologists.
My daughter commented the other day how many friends I have that are people I used to work with. This is because I have been blessed with incredibly supportive colleagues throughout my career. All four of my managers have promoted my interests and given me a leg up.
This post is dedicated to my female colleagues and managers. Thank you. Sisters are not only doing it for themselves, but for one another.
What are your most successful partnerships, in life or the garden? What is the secret to an uncomplicated, mutually beneficial friendship?
My aim in this blog is to share the sense of joy and wonder I get from gardening. I like to reflect on life a little bit too.
Winter can be tough to get through. I’m going to try to gather my thoughts too, and share them on this blog.
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