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Darkest hour

Winter damage

Winter damage

This rose and rosehips are the very epitome of the destruction wreaked by Winter, the bloom all in tatters and the hips blackened and dessicated.

It’s Out with the Old and In with the New as the rosebush makes way for bud-break and regeneration.

But what a contrast with the beginning of Winter, before the frosts have taken their toll, when the hips are turgid and shiny and the roses have a faded beauty all their own.

I can’t say this decay makes me sad because it doesn’t. My mind is already leaping forward to the promise of new growth – and the pruning that goes with it.

It’s rather like the darkest hour being before the dawn.

 

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