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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Monday, 18 January 2016

The Black Rose

As a gardener, I take a keen interest in my hobby of gardening, and it was for this, I started getting plants, and started gardening in containers and pots on the rooftop of my house, since I do not have access to open land so that I could do what I want to my complete satisfaction. Though I like all kinds of plants, that could be grown in pots, I particularly, am very fond of flowers, and when it comes to flowers, roses are counted as my most favourites. Even when I take a look at the composition of my garden, different varieties of roses make the most of what my potted garden is composed of. The regular red rose, fragrant and red, some other hybrid and tea roses, for which, I never could know the cultivars, since I have never bought from the high-end plant sellers and rose breeders, so, it's obvious that the local plant seller (in most of the cases in India), won't know the variety they are selling to us. Frankly, I never cared much about their varieties/cultivars too much as long as they provide me with beautiful blooms once in a while.
The collection is still growing, with me having a number of roses ranging from orange, two different shades of pink, miniature roses in creamy-white and red-orange-yellow, yellow, red and black. I have been getting plants from far-away places, and in this series, I recently brought two more roses, a yellow one and a black one, both hybrids. Both the plants have been re-potted and are doing well in their individual pots. This is to say that both of them are showing good enough signs of growth, with new lateral branches and new shoots coming up in both of them.

While the yellow one is yet to bloom, having concentrated its energy on growing rather than blooming, the black one chose to bloom simultaneously, while growing up as well. In this post, I will be sharing with you, a few pictures of this black rose, which recently bloomed up in the garden.  

Metro Greens: Black Rose
Black rose bud
Metro Greens: Black Rose
Black rose bud
Metro Greens: Black Rose
Black rose bud
Metro Greens: Black Rose
Black rose bud
While the bloom came up, I was partly disheartened because of the colour of the bloom, which, instead of being black was of a darker shade of red. While I was expecting a black rose, or atleast one that could be called “black”, appears there is no concept of black coloured roses (except for one Turkish variety, which apparently is actually, black in colour), and so, I think, I have got a “black rose”. Nonetheless, what bloomed up was a rose flower with a very mild fragrance of a rose, and this was somewhat enough for me.
Most of the marguerite daisy plants have been profusely, and the phloxes too, are blooming now, and so is the pansy and petunias. Coming up next will be something from among these new additions. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING! 

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