Lynne Allbutt GREEN SCENE.
ere are so many to choose from.
e smallest is the micro-miniature Si, averaging only 4in tall with blooms smaller than a 5p piece.
e largest rose located in the UK is a Kiftsgate rose measuring 80ft x 90ft x 50ft tall.
Kiftsgate was one of my father's favourites, so has been planted in numerous gardens in the Crickhowell area, which may worry a few people now.
Growers tell me that bi colour roses are becoming more and more popular. Not quite my cup of 'Rosy Lee', they are nonetheless stunning.
Choose from the grandly named Honorine de Brabant, with its equally grand owers.
Its petals are striped with delicate shades of lilac and purple markings and it is especially good in autumn adding colour and interest to a border late in the season.
e cleverly named Scentimental is a double cream and pink to red striped owers, on a bushy plant with a fabulous fragrance.
'My M Mum' is a slightly scented, owered oribunda rose with green foliage.
Scarlet, silver reverse owers are produced from summer to autumn.
It's easy to please and also a great gift for 'Mum' too.
Unique to www.classicroses.co.uk in the UK is York and Lancaster, Y ('Rosa damascena versicolor'). It is a real show-stopper with white owers, striped or mottled with pink. Each bloom looks as though it has been painted and it is considered to be more a collector's piece than of real garden merit, needing good conditions to do well.
For those who really want a conversation starter, choose e Green Rose, entirely made up from sepals rather than petals.
GROWING OLD HEALTHILY A couple of weeks ago I mentioned my pleasure in meeting [euro]ve enthusiastic and energetic gardeners who were all in their 90s whilst judging Blaenau Gwent in Bloom.
One 94-year-old even had roses in her garden that were older than I am.
Intrigued to discover more about their attitudes and accomplishments, as well as discussing their allotments and gardens, I couldn't help but ask how they stayed so active and engaged with life. e general response was to keep busy and stay positive.
Of course they all mentioned the health bene[euro]ts of fresh air and fresh veg.
Ironically, growing your own veg will obviously keep you busy and active organically.
Exercise classes didn't feature on their list of things to do. Interestingly, though maybe not surprisingly, fresh air and fresh vegetables are also the common denominators of the three areas in the world where people live the longest.
e little village of Ovodda in Sardinia only has 1,700 inhabitants but [euro]ve are centenarians. ey cheerfully put their good health down to a largely outdoor life where they still cultivate their land by hand to grow their own fruit and veg.
In Loma Linda in the USA, a signi[euro]cant number of the inhabitants are Seventh Day Adventists who don't drink or smoke.
A large proportion of them also adhere to a strict vegetarian or vegan diet.
And on the tiny Japanese island of Okinawa inhabitants are renowned for their healthy diet of a wide variety of fresh fruit and veg which is known as the Rainbow Diet.
ey also advocate eating only until 80% full, which is a far cry from a large proportion of today's society who are happy to risk bursting at mealtimes.
Another common thread running through this recent fascination of mine is that all of these villages and the whole of Blaenau Gwent are all in mountainous areas. It seems the secret to a long and healthy life is not to just to eat fresh fruit and veggies but to work hard outdoors growing them high in the mountains. at'll be good news fora lot of Welsh gardeners then!
RUNNER BEINGS IF this inspires you as much as it does me you may want to pop into www.
alexrotasphotography.com and have a look at her recently published calendar and book, Growing Old Competitively. Alex, who is attached to Cardi University as an Honorary Research Fellow at the school of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, has taken and compiled a wonderful collection of photographs and musings from the World of Master Athletics.
Alex shares my intrigue into how some people age so cheerfully, retaining enthusiasm and energy by the bucketful.
Not surprisingly, the Master Athletes that she has photographed also cite gardening and other outdoor interests amongst their regular activities.
It seems many old gardeners don't go to seed at all - they go on to succeed.
SHEEP WALKING I really did have a good day out on Monday sheep trekking in the Brecon Beacons.
e Good Day Out Team have col T -labaaaa-rated with Liz and Paul Matthews of Aberhyddnant Farm to create a walk with a di erence.
You will be accompanied by your Y very own Jacob sheep [euro]tted with a soft rope halter and a specially designed harness to carry your midday snacks.
Dates are still available through the rest of the summer holidays.
Check out www.gooddayout.co.uk for details and other ways to spend a good day out.
Stay in touch with me: @LynneAllbutt www.lynneallbutt.co.uk
Lynne Allbutt goes sheep walking
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|Date:||Aug 16, 2014|
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