I have a lot of roses in my garden. Each variety affects the senses with a different force and message. Today I whispered to myself a well-know quote seeing the first flowers of Jacqueline du Pre: "A rose is a rose is a rose" , so was Jacqueline du Pre, a genius cellist who stopped playing her beloved cello far too early.
Luckily, her interpretations have been alive in numerous recordings and this one is especially worth listening to:
Coming back to the rose, it is a sheer beauty. Jacqueline du Pre is one of the Harkness roses and its shapely but slightly disordered petals seem to be made from precious china or ivory. Semi-dobule, quite large (10 cm across) white with a flush of pale pink flowers open fully in the morning sun revealing a cluster of golden orange stamens and that is not all the show. They also give off a wonderful musky scent and this festival of colour and smell lasts until the late autumn.
I was destined to be born gardener. In order to become a professional one I had to enjoy years of studying at various schools and universities... read more