Here’s a bit of good news: the ‘Graham Thomas’ yellow climber growing in my back garden is boasting a few brave blooms! As I said in a previous post, I’d given it up for dead until my husband went to remove it and discovered some green shoots. I’ve been waiting with bated breath to see if the buds that started showing a couple of weeks ago would look like dear old Graham (it’s an Austin rose, the first true yellow English rose developed by David Austin Roses Ltd., and in my experience Austins can be less hardy than Canadian-bred roses) and, although the flowers are smaller than last year’s prodigious blooms, they look like the real thing. I was worried that the new shoots coming up from below the graft were from the original root and would be nothing like Graham. Who knows, maybe it’s growing on its own root and wasn’t grafted at all. Last year’s plant, showing off proudly in the photo above, stood about 10 feet tall and dominated the garden in June.