Today we planted a rose bush in Anna’s garden. It’s a beautiful variety of old rose called Gallica. According to Roy, they are the oldest garden roses, originally grown for their healing qualities, and put on a spectacular but once-only display of bloom in Summer. R. gallica var. officinalis – The Apothecary’s Rose – is the original red rose of Lancaster. I like to think of that growing there in my memory.
We were both very moved. I hope it flowers next year.