I saw some roses

A week or so ago, I went to Orange for a couple of days. I haven’t been there since I was around six years old as my grandparents used to lived there. I remember a little bit about visiting them, my Pops garden, especially the dahlias that grew between the drive and the house, the dark bricks at the front of the house and the park that was nearby.

After the meetings and work finished on the Monday, I went for a walk around town and headed off to Sampson St to see if I could find the house. After a bit of trudging up and down the road, I eventually found what I think is the house but I haven’t looked through the old family photos to see if it really was the house.

After that, I went up the road to Cook Park, the park I remember going to with my Nan and sister armed with slices of bread to feed the ducks. I went in through the gate, walked along the path which led to the duck pond. There were quite a few ducks either paddling in the pond or just sitting by the edge, catching the last few rays of the warm afternoons summer sun. Of course, when I got near to the ducks, there were some who waddled over hoping that I had some snacks for them. They were most disappointed when I just kept walking. Down the path, I came upon a sunken garden that was filled with roses. Roses of many colours but unfortunately they weren’t in their full glory although many of the bushes were full of flower and bud.

I did find a number of roses that looked superb and although I didn’t have my “good” camera, just my small one, I still managed to get some nice photos that I would like to share with you. I can’t remember the names so you will have to be content with a colour description.

The reds are always a favourite aren’t they? This one isn’t a deep red

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Neither is this one.

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Some of the roses had the full flower as well as a bud or two

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There was one dark red rose but the bush only had some buds.

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I tried to get a bit clever with the camera for this mauve rose.

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There was a really dark purple almost black rose but the camera didn’t seem to want to take the flower as it was.

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The subtle colours in the pink rose took my eye

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The white roses added a dash of elegance to the rose garden.

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My favourite was the yellow rose whose perfume was quite nice

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Well there you go, a bit of the roses of Cook Park in Orange. I can almost smell their scent can’t you?

4 thoughts on “I saw some roses

  1. I love roses not only for their beauty and fragrance but also for their old world charm. Roses remind me of the past – of old fashioned gardens, cups of tea and grandmas. There is a comforting feeling about them. I am quite boring with perfumes I buy. I tend to like rose-geranium or tea rose oil. Lovely pictures, Brian. Sounds like a nice trip away. I used to live near Bourke and often went to Dubbo but never made it as far as Orange. I planned to so I could see some snow but never did.

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  2. we got a call to go to rescue a possum in a car wheel arch… the man knew he had a possum in there but thought it would drop outin the 30kg trip… we got him out cut and bruised poor bub and no thanks only told to take it away we told them… This was their territory but no they were eating her ROSES…… sorry pic would not attach but hes well and lives in my gum trees. got a female we nursed as well and this year we have bub on mums back …..

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