Monday, 18 June 2012

national day, anniversary & flower question


Did you enjoy a nice weekend? Before I tell you a little bit about mine I'm wondering if there is a flower expert among you. Yesterday I discovered these pink beauties in our garden - yes, the sun came out yesterday! I knew we had pink roses and when I brought my scissors out to cut some I saw these as well and thought they were peonies. The flowers are smaller than the ones I buy and the buds are not as rounded, they are more teardrop shaped. I was sipping my latte this morning, mesmerised by the divine smell (the vase is on my kitchen table) when I realised that it reminded me of a pure Bulgarian rose essential oil.

I turned to Google and now I'm completely lost. When I look at the pedals they don't curl like the pedals of the Bulgarian rose seem to do. The shape is like a peony. Could it be that I have what is called a peony tree in the garden? Anyone?
 

As I said in my Friday post, I stopped complaining about the rain and embraced it. On Saturday I used the rainy weather to read and catch up on blogs. I also made that rhubarb strawberry crumble that I mentioned and it was delicious with whipped cream. Hubby moved the grill downstairs so in the evening we enjoyed a barbecue under the balcony in shelter from the rain. It was wonderful.

Yesterday the sun came out to play. It was the National Day of Iceland and our 14th wedding anniversary and we had another barbecue. The day was spent in the garden and more items were added to our 'antique shop'. We got a modern wardrobe with sliding doors which we can definitely use. Then we got one antique looking item that is made of dark wood and has shelves and drawers so I'm hoping it is something that looks good when we have assembled it. I'll give you a little peek later this week and I also promise to post some photos from London.

photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt

18 comments:

  1. I have no idea what your flower is, but it is gorgeous!!!
    One must have a possitive attitude to rain. It seems you are doing a marvelous job : )

    oh! and
    til hamingju með afmælið ( thank God for google translator!)

    lots of love from Norway

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    1. Thank you Demie ;-)

      Mr Google doesn't always get it right so the correct Icelandic word is 'brúðkaupsafmæli' (brudkaupsafmaeli) as wedding in Icelandic is 'brúðkaup'. A birthday is 'afmæli' ;-)

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    2. I actually came back to correct it!
      I thought about it- and looked it over a bit, since also greek on google translator
      appears often very ...weird ; )

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  2. What a beautiful colour those roses have - whatever they are called - because I'm no expert. And nothing beats the fragrance of roses indoors as well. 14 years - congratulations! Isn't it lovely that your husband organised to have these rose bushes planted in your new home just in time to celebrate! :)x

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  3. I have no idea what these beauties are but they are so lovely + colour is so vivid! Congratulations on your anniversary, I'm glad that you got to celebrate over the weekend. Looking forward to seeing your london pics + your 'new' antiques! xx

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  4. Happy anniversary! And I'm not sure what those flowers are, but they sure are pretty!

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  5. You've got me puzzled too. I don't know what flowers those are, but they are gorgeous. You know I am very curious about your new antique additions. :) Happy Anniversary once again, Lisa!

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  6. Congratulations on your anniversary Lisa :) What a wonderful surprise to discover these peony like roses in your garden!! I think they're some sort of English roses. You should google images on English Rose.

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  7. This is truly breathtaking, that color it truly stunning!! Big and beautiful, haven't got a slightest idea what it is! but now i'm definitely on the hunt for it. Would be lovely on my balcony.

    Ps. I love your photography!!

    Have a good week!

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  8. Congrats to 14 years, hubby and I are one year behind! :-)

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  9. Oh, this is just one of those old fashioned classic English roses. They smell heavenly and many resemble peonies. I adore them and have one in peachy pink in my garden. I will look yours up in encyclopedia when I get a chance, I may actually find the proper name for your treasure. You can also browse David Austin website - they are famous for their roses, probably the No. 1 company in England who supply their flowers worldwide.
    xxx

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    1. Funny, I had that website open when I saw your comment. I had opened this particular link, with the Scepter'd Isle, because mine are similar but the colour isn't:
      http://www.davidaustinroses.com/american/Showrose.asp?Showr=3371&Theme=

      Then someone thought that they might be bourbon roses but I haven't started viewing those yet.

      I'm dying to know the name of these because the scent is so good.

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    2. So far I found this one http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/Showrose.asp?Showr=4254&Theme=

      It's called Gertrude Jekyll and they say it's the most fragrant rose of them all, plus the fragrance itself is the true rose scent.

      Maybe it will fit the description, although I am still going to look through the book tomorrow.

      x

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    3. Natalia, I think you've found it. I looked up some other links and saw a close-up photo and it looked the same.

      Now I'm just curious to know what an English rose is doing in this Luxembourg garden ;-)

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  10. Oh they do look like peonies, don't they? But the smell doesn't sound like a peony. What a lovely treat you've inherited.

    Hope you had a wonderful time in London and glad that the sun came out to play. Oh and happy anniversary! xoxo

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  11. They look like English climbing roses to me? Congratulations on your 14th wedding anniversary!

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  12. oh,happy belated anniversary!!!

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