We're so blooming proud of our one million roses
While the current blistering weather could make Northern Ireland a haven for tropical flora, it is the humble rose which takes centre stage.
Perhaps that is being unfair to a flower which is a perpetual favourite with gardeners, and many will gaze in wonder at the incredible one million blooms on show at Belfast's Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park as the centrepiece of Rose Week.
The venue's association with roses, and the almost infinite varieties on show, stretches back 50 years and Northern Ireland has an enviable reputation for developing new strains. International judges travel here annually and every year Rose Week gets top marks for its exhibits. This is an event and venue that we should cherish and support.