08 October, 2010

Winter Chill

Winter Chill is the name I give to the first of four beds in my Paradise/Rose Garden. For the planting plan see In-a-Persian-garden. Week by week in October I will collect pictures of the four beds. Sorting and updating here to make a record of the Winter Chill roses at their flamboyant best in October 2010.

Statue with first Watsonia

Winter Chill rose bed with icy flowers October 2010

The Winter Chill effect with silvery foliage. Santolina and Lamb's Ears

Carpenter bee. Male today

Carpenter bee. His lady a year ago

Silver Cloud with lots of buds coming

Pearl of Bedfordview
Oyster Pearl

Waiting for Great North, Tiny Tots, Spiced Coffee and Nicole to come into bloom.

Our roses came from Ludwig'sRoses

Pictures and words by Diana of Elephant's Eye 


  1. Diana a very moving post and some very supportive comments last year, you are indeed a special and strong woman, I hate it when people say life is full of choices when it frequently isn't! take care, so pleased I found you, your blog and garden, Frances x

  2. Those bee and preying mantis photos are a little to close for my comfort.

  3. Dear Diana of EE, I have found this posting very moving. It captures so well the whole range of emotions that such life changing events often bring. Although I only know you 'virtually', I think of you as an extremely feisty, determined and yet warm hearted person. You are a wonderful role model for others.

  4. Beautiful pics. The carpenter bee one is pretty cool! I was just out photographing a plant and wanted to pet one of the many bumblebees in the garden today.

  5. I'll raise a glass to life Diana. My story is very similar to yours, the only difference is, I'm just one year out. Mastectomy, both sides. I hate the word 'survivor'. I don't want to survive, I want to LIVE, to experience and enjoy life, just as I always have. Not to live in fear, or regret. I'm sure for both us that our surgeons, our friends, our gardens, and our husbands, have been our keys to success and healing. Here's to so many more years filled with health, that we both lose count! ;)

  6. Ten must now seem like a lovely number after all that you were dragged through. Here's wishes for many more years filled with joys in the garden.

  7. Curbstone - One of my pink roses is called Chaim soutine. Which always makes me think of Fiddler on the Roof. To life, to life, La Chaim!

  8. Dear Diana A remarkable and stong piece of writing. I have printed this out to keep to give solace to those I know who have the dreaded affliction. And then, change of tempo, the carpenter bee is enough to make entymologists of us all.

  9. Hello Diana.

    It's frustrating. Blogger is only allowing me to see some of your photos today. I can see the Santolina and Lamb's Ears - and very beautiful they are too. (The lamb's ears leaves look specially lovely.) I'm now off to your other post to comment on the other half of this one.


  10. And all that happened ten years ago?
    Congratulations on your strength, your love of life, your determination and your positive thinking. I sincerely hope that I can be as strong as you if my turn comes. And it might. Who knows what fate has in store for each one of us?

  11. What a lovely post. Isn't it great when things work out after all? Wishing you many more summers in the garden.

  12. Ten years! For me it has been six, but still the memories are vivid. Thank you for a very moving post. And the photos of your garden are beautiful!


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