When we arrived at our new home in Melbourne back in the summer of 2011 we noted with interest that there was a yellow rose growing in what was essentially an Australian native garden bed. Australian natives are generally hardy; they grow in poor soil and don’t seem to mind how dry it is. This rose was surrounded on all sides by Aussie natives.
Initially Doug carefully chopped the rose out thinking it was the best way to deal with it. So you can imagine our surprise when the next spring a rose emerged in the very same space. Our neighbour who loved the blooms, asked for a cutting so Doug obliged with the whole plant, trying not to damage the natives as he did.
The natives grew happily over and around the space left by the rose. However, it seems that what we thought we were cutting out was just a portion of the whole. Again this spring a new shoot appeared, the rose has come back with a vengeance looking as healthy as ever. The questions arose once more for discussion. What were we going to do about the lovely yellow English rose? Who designs an Aussie native garden and puts a rose in the middle of it? We finally decided if the rose was that keen to live in our native bed it deserved to be left alone. A few weeks later it was blooming yet again.
St. Paul said when writing to the Corinthians brethren, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians Chapter 4: verses 7-9) So when there is opposition all around you think of our rose. The natives have surrounded it and the hostile home owners have tried to eradicate it but still it blooms.