Bouquet 105, Keep smiling 

Once a week, gardeners share seasonal bouquets in a vase on Monday, with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

My contribution this week includes roses, a sunflower, rudbeckia, asters and cottage pinks. The big yellow rose is called ‘Keep Smiling’ and it’s one of my favourites. I first noticed in the Regents Park rose garden last year, and planted it as a bare root in January. I’m a sucker for a cheerful plant name, and this one really does make me smile as it has been blooming since June.

I also have a tiny vase of shorter stems to share, this one with a ‘Burgundy Ice’ rose, and asters, sweetpea and pinks. In the background is the ‘fairy garden’ where these flowers grew.

Do pop over to Cathy’s blog, to see more flowers in vases from gardeners all over the world. And if you’d like to see more of my bouquets, there’s a gallery at

As its positively autumnal, I’ve been starting some spring bulbs for future bouquets.

In the past, I’ve struggled to grow snowdrops from bulbs, but that won’t stop me trying again this year. I’ll plant more bulbs in the garden over the next few weeks, but it feels good to have made a start!

We’ve also had some great treats from the garden for the dinner table. Star performers have been King Edwards grown in potato bags…

…basil and tomatoes from the greenhouse, with oregano and thyme from the fairy garden, all grown from seed…

…and apples and quince. I can’t claim credit for these, we’re simply lucky enough to have moved to a garden with a few established trees.

So far we’ve had apple crumbles, apple pies, and caramelised apple slices with ice-cream. I think probably apple cake is next on the agenda.

I hope your garden plants and plans are coming along nicely!

Jen x



4 thoughts on “Bouquet 105, Keep smiling 

  1. Oh so very cheery, Jen. I like my rose ‘Warm Welcome’ for its name as much as the bloom itself. Good to have a sneaky look at your garden in the background today. We have just picked the last of our apples which I am giving away as best I can until there is a manageable amount left for me to deal with!! And there’s definitely an apple cake due here too 🙂

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