Mike and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Paris and are still reeling from all the wonders the City of Light had to offer. From the grandeur of the Eiffel Tower (much bigger than we had thought) to the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral to the indescribable Louvre and d’Orsay Museums, we could have spent forever there instead of two weeks and not seen it all.
What we did see, and sometimes when we least expected it, were beautiful roses. We also took a train ride to a magnificent rose garden just outside of Paris and we’ll be posting about all our Parisian experiences in the next few weeks. But time flies and before we can settle down to recap Paris, we’re preparing and planning for the Rhode Island Rose Society’s 14th Annual Rose Show. The show, “A Sea of Roses,” is next Saturday, June 16 at the North Kingstown Community Center, 30 Beach St. Wickford, RI.
With above-average heat last March, our rose gardens are in full bloom and peaking a little earlier early than usual. If the rose show were this weekend, we’d have plenty of roses despite lots of soggy, spotted blooms due to all the rain we had this past week. We’re hoping for a week of warm dry weather so we’ll have buckets of fresh roses to exhibit.
Our mature and dependable Graham Thomas has exploded again this year with thousands of buttery yellow sprays and is almost as tall as our Brownell Pillars which stand 10 to 12’ tall. We planted a new Chihuly this spring and are pleased to see how many blooms it’s giving us. And Colorific, new to our garden last year, has really settled in and became the latest showoff.
If you’re within driving distance of RI, put the RI Rose Society’s Rose Show on your “To Do” list next Saturday. The show is open to the public at 1 pm. Mike and I will be there all day and will be having a book signing at 2 pm. Hope to see you there.