Alas, Mr. Shakespeare’s life has ended tragically. Sadly, it was a rather short life out in the garden. He was lovingly planted by my son, Kai, back in January. Next to him were planted his ‘brothers’ Graham Thomas and Abraham Darby.
Back in January, my three youngest children were so excited to plant rose bushes in our back garden. We selected three David Austin English Roses, based on our local rose society’s recommendations.
All the kids pitched in in helping to dig the holes, amend the soil and plant the roses.
While both Mr. Thomas and Darby were producing numerous blooms, Mr. Shakespeare did not grow as much as his brothers and made no efforts at producing any rosebuds.
If you can see a few brown sticks amidst the bark mulch and fallen leaves from last week’s storm – that is what remains of Mr. Shakespeare.