“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows…. “

 where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,

quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,

with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine. 

 Midsummers Night’s Dream.


     Rosa mundi, a beautiful scented old rose said to be named after Fair Rosamund Clifford, mistress of Henry II 12th century. 

It always reminds me of rasberry ripple ice cream!

Hope your having a lovely mid summers day.


7 responses to “midsummer

  1. Nice painting. Creative use of color. Beautiful rose. How’s the shed coming?

  2. We have similar rose growing here, it’s not as full but has the same peppermint shades. It’s called Fourth of July and it climbs up the fence all summer long.

  3. I have total shed jelousy – and garden jelousy, and little bird jelousy!!!

    they are all gorgeous, and you are so lucky! I hope you find a lot of creative joy lurking in the shed’s timber frame!


  4. Your work is just amazing, you have captured such beauty in this painting.

  5. Love the painting (perfect with the quote). Your shed sounds so very exciting.

    I also love heirloom roses – so much more fragrant than ‘modern’ ones.

  6. Love the painting, Joy :)…and the rose is simply divine 🙂

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