1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Edith Holden rose.....

Edith Holden was a teacher, naturalist and artist during the Edwardian era. I discovered her book The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady when I was just a teenager in a bookshop. It was love at first sight. I admired her style immediately.

This is the Edith Holden rose. It was a rose that I had to search for finding out that the only person to grow them here in Holland happened to be located right beside the house of a good friend's mother living in the south of Holland. She told me she would have her mother go get the rose bush for me. It took time as the man said he did not have any when she first inquired. I was thrilled when it finally arrived at my garden gate. It moved to our new home's garden here in the city when we moved. I could never part with this rose bush. 

This year, we had a very severe frost late in the winter which damaged some of our plants. I lost a few of my rose bushes and my climbing roses. I feared that my Edith Holden rose was dead too but pruned it hard and prayed it would recover.
It did recover as you see and is just starting to bloom in the last week. What a joy for me to see this special rose and its beautiful salmon brown color.

Like her artwork, the Edith Holden rose is something that always brings joy. 



  1. This is a beautiful rose. I'm happy you didn't lose it in the frost.
    I remember when you got that book.
    Love you and your new blog.

  2. hello heidi
    the rose is beautiful.the books of edith holden are wonderful.i like
    they very.
    blessings from germany,

  3. What an unusual colour, but so serenely beautiful.

    I wonder how full a blog has to get before you have to change it?

  4. Heidi, I've made a folder on my blog reader just for your blogs. Do you have any others I don't know about. The rose is beautiful. Great book and special to have her rose.

  5. What a beautiful rose. The opened one looks similar to some of my camellias-very interesting. Glad to hear that you are continuing your blog. I will be sure to denote the changes in my reader. Please take care.

  6. A very beautiful rose bush indeed!

  7. I adore roses and this one is gorgeous.
    Patricia x

  8. And I made it! :-)

    Please may I ask a couple of things, even though I am new?

    The extreemly fancy white writing, on the deep red background... It's quite hard on my old eyes. The lovely plain white of your last blog... Was delightful.

    Is it really necessary for you to make your Dear Readers do that awful Word Verification Setting, in order to leave comments? Please, if it isn't really necessary, would you consider taking the Word Ver. Setting off of your comments?

    Please and thank you...

  9. OHHHHHHHH.... That comment of mine! It Posted! Without the Word Ver. Setting!

    You took it off, over here.

    THANK YOU so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Two new blogs in two days? Wow! Looking forward to reading the story as it continues.

  11. I love Edith Holden too and have both her books as well as a biography and lots of the spin off books. I actually walked past Gowan Bank, the house she lived in, when I was staying in Olton a while ago.

  12. The rose is so beautiful and your new blog is beautiful.

  13. "Auntie" is saying a heartfelt Thank You!

    The post background is now an easier color. Especially with the white print. And the font is easily read too. Thank you so much, for not getting *aggravated* with me (a new Reader, even!), coming on and asking questions and etc. Thank you so much!!!! You are a Dear!

    "I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy ... you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in."
    ~~Katherine Mansfield

  14. Ha, ik ga natuurlijk met je mee in deze verhuizing!

  15. Natuurlijk blijf ik je nieuwe blog ook trouw volgen. Vind het telkens weer leuk om te lezen. Ga zo door!!

  16. Zie ik hier ook nog je postje van Edith Holden, had er een paar maandjes geleden ook een postje van gemaakt, erg leuk, dat ik nu ook weet dat Edith Holden een lerares was...
    En hier was ze ook op sterven na dood, maar zie, ze heeft nu weer 2 nieuwe takken, beetje fragiel nog, maar goed, ze is nog in leven...


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