This is my Glamis Castle rose which is named after the castle that Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother grew up in and is over 600 years old and is even mentioned in Shakespeare's Macbeth. (Pronounced "glarms")
This is what the castle looked like June of 1994 when my "English Mum", Lily took me to Scotland for a week for my 28th birthday. Best birthday present I ever had! :o) We toured inside the castle and it is quite interesting with lovely grounds that have both elements of an English estate garden and local farm life!
This is me and Bev, my other English friend standing in front of one of the castle doors. I love to photograph windows and doors, especially ones with unique and quaint features such as this. These were scanned from slides and are not very clear (though they are in the originals).
All the roses in my front are planted purposefully and I chose the Glamis Castle rose, an heirloom variety, to remember special times with special people. The other day it looked beautiful with just a slight blush of pink on its petals and rain drenching it. That's one thing I will miss about living in California after we leave - how easy it is to grow roses! Not many places have roses blooming in for Christmas and New Year!