An Old Chinese Rose and the Hoverfly



The Rosa chinensis ‘Mutabilis’ left China ‘prior to 1894’.  The flowers change colour as they age from a pale yellow to deep crimson.


I love their simple five-petal blooms and it seems that the hoverfly is also a fan.  This morning I was able to catch one gorging on the pollens.  It is an untidy eater but it did try to clean up after itself by licking up the ‘crumbs’ that he scattered on the petals.


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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8 Responses to An Old Chinese Rose and the Hoverfly

  1. Sunshine Jansen says:

    This cheered me up so much today (with snow on the daffodil buds…) Thank you!

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  2. A lovely sequence, Mary

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  3. My all time favourite rose, I love it, but I have not got one in this garden yet!

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  4. Karen says:

    Love the title… and the photo poem…

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