Samuels Rose Garden

Samuels Rose Garden

Yesterday morning I was up early, meeting a friend at the Samuels Rose Garden.  He’s a talented young photographer and had suggested that we get there at sunrise.  He was right: the light was great at that time of day.  The rose garden in located in the grounds of an historic home in Nelson, Broadgreen.

I got there first, before the sun was up.  The light was still very cold, but was great for bringing out the detail.  This rose was called “Clodagh McRedy”:

Clodagh McRedy

It was hard to get a full bloom on its own, they nestled together.  I liked this youngster peeking through its older siblings:

Clodagh McRedy

Then the sun opped up over the hill and it was all light and contrast.  This next one had the name “Racy Lady”:

Racy Lady

In the shadow of the large trees however the light was still very subdued.  I liked the delicate colour in this next rose, “Wise Woman”:

Wise Woman

Must be hard to come up with their names.  Here is “Amber Flush”:

Amber Flush

Now one that I’m sure my mother would like, “Lemon Honey”:

Lemon Honey

The strong backlighting made for some dramatic images:

Finally I came across one called “Tintinara”.  For some reason the deep red roses seemed to have more dew on them.  Maybe it was just more visible.  I had quite a play with these, before a breeze came up and made closeup photography almost impossible.




For the photographers: all of these were taken with the Nikon 300mm f4 AFS (the lens I was lucky to recover after leaving it behind on a beach – see that story here).  Without extension tubes the subject distance is around 3 m, while with a 36mm tube (used for the last two), the subject distance is still a whopping 1.6 m.  The images are not cropped very much at all.



I am Stephens granddaughter and don’t live all that close to Nelson, and I am finding it quite hard to get a photo of the Rima rose [the one that he invented and named after my Grandmother Rima Samuels]. I know this may be a big ask, but please could you take a photo of that rose when you can and either post it on this website or email me because I would love a copy as my daughter wants to paint it for my mother.



BTW: Its Samuels Rose Garden, not Samuel FYI :-)

Hi Rebekah
Over 50 years ago your Uncle Alan was a frequent visitor to my parents home in Palmerston North when he was stationed at Ohakea Airforce base (ahome away from home) He was like an elder brother.
As a gift for my mother, Sam (thats what we called him) gave my Mum several of your Grandad”s roses one being Rima My Mother always treasured it as it was the one named after your Grandmother SAm said she was called Rima because she wae no 5 in her family. My Mother died
4 years ago so I transplanted it to my garden where is growing well
It is over 50 years old

I do hope you get this message I would like to find out if Sam is still with us and what Elliot is doing
Regards Sandra Riley

Hi Rebekah

We have a photo of the Rima rose if you wish us to send it to you. But we have no contact email address.

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