for Chiara and Maria, two lovely women who have spent the whole week here, helping me everywhere around the castle, from weeding the gardens and doing laundry to cooking delicious meals. Thank you both so, so much for your kindness and friendship. I’ll miss you!
Chiara Bardelli brought this rose to the castle a few years ago - a little sprig of a thing in a long, slender box. No name. Now it already covers most of a wall we see from the kitchen window. It might not be an historic, famous, or fashoinable cultivar, but it is definitely one of my castle favourites -not only for its colour and scent, but because of who gave it to me!