Back by popular demand...weekly bloom blogging! Since I'm going to be retreating this weekend, I'll bloom-blog early. This is a "Sterling Silver" rose from one of my new rosebushes. You can't really tell from this photo -- and I tried taking a picture outside, and the color didn't translate either -- but this is a truly mauve rose; a dusky lavender color, not as pink as this photo would suggest. It's just gorgeous. This particular branch was bent in transit, so I saved the bud for my little vase.
And here is a newly opened rose on the rosebush. It's been raining all day, so my roses will get a good settling-in. I have another new rosebush, a dark purple grandiflora variety, and a dark purple butterfly bush, and a growing assortment of perennials here and there between them all.