Today was the opening day of the Gardens of the Rose. We joined last year and were looking forward to visiting again this year. It was pouring with rain this morning and we weren't sure we were going to be able to go, but fortunately the weather brightened up by the afternoon and we had a pleasant couple of hours wandering round.
Painted lady butterfly.
The bumble bees were enjoying the flowers.
As were the bees.
Gorgeous water lilies.
Of course we just happened to come home with three more roses for my garden.
Two hybrid tea roses - Chandos Beauty (Harmisty) and Rachel (Tangist) and a Floribunda, Lady Marmalade.