More roses today. About a month after London’s roses peaked (and starred in this post), I headed 500km northwest of London to Belfast, where summer comes later, and Rose Week is celebrated in July.
Local councils are responsible for some of the most mundane aspects of our lives, but sometimes they get to take credit for something lovely – like Rose Week. Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon, unveiled a plaque this morning, marking the 50th anniversary of the Rose Garden and the founding of the Rose Society of Northern Ireland.
Some of the roses in the garden are in competition, with international judges. For the domestic judges, i.e. me and my Mum, the winner was this red and white one.
Rose Week runs until Sunday 27 July, with all kinds of events for families – click here for details. The gardens and surrounding parkland are open all year round of course, even after the roses have faded.