Recently I've been adding to my collection of roses...Last year the weather (poor until the end of June) gave us lovely roses in the garden, enough for cutting in June:
and into July:
This year April and May were a blazing start to an early summer, and only my much-loved Fairy Rose has coped with the more moderate heat of June - despite generous watering the other roses are waiting for September to give us their second display. Therefore, I stopped cutting roses months ago and am a bit short of cut flowers in the house.
But that doesn't mean there aren't any roses indoors! You probably know I've been picking up French enamel (and later Chinese enamel) bowls at Vide Greniers for a while. I love the stencilled detail - see the lacy pattern on the bowl on the left here:
And I have to say that Cath Kidston has absolutely come up trumps this time with her set of three enamel bowls.When I saw them (everywhere) in British magazines last month I knew I'd be stopping at her Edinburgh shop and picking up what turned out to be one of the last sets. I've looked online and they don't seem to be in stock any more, folks. Does that mean that any of you have bought them too? They seem to be popular and I think that CK deserve a lot of credit for producing something new that sits so well alongside the vintage original.
So now we move on to other roses in my collection. I've loved this little rosy jug since I found it, covered in candle wax, at a Vide Grenier a while back. But it took me ages to appreciate the slightly more stylized rose on the French sugar tin below - I really only 'clicked' that it went with my vintage rose collection yesterday!
This tile, which I picked up over the winter, went part-way to teaching me to accept the stylized roses of the mid 20th century...
... so that when I spotted this cup and saucer in my dad's local charity shop the other week, I was finally able to admire it for what it was, rather than thinking of it as a nasty piece of old-fashioned grot from my childhood!
It's interesting how our tastes can change - sometimes I think that things too recent in our memories can't be appreciated for what they are - I think of my MIL's phrase: 'ghastly Victorian' or my mother's: 'I never liked that the first time round, dear'...But now, using the definition that three items make a collection, I am now clearly a collector of mid-century roses, as well as all the other varieties!
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