There are four windows in our kitchen, two that look out over the garden and two that are on the side of the house. From the former I can view the garden up to the sitooterie (and the top of the trees beyond) and currently enjoy the pleasurable pinkness of Clematis montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’ which is clambering up the magnolia. The last few days have also revealed that ‘Rambling Rector’, the rambling rose on the arbour on the left is covered in buds – this usually flowers in early June although last year it was the end of the month and into July, so buds in early May are very unusual.
The rector was severely overhauled two years ago and pruned equally severely last year, but it looks as if we are being rewarded not only with a much tidier rambler but an equally large number of flowers. There is a clematis trained up the nearest pillar of the arbour, texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty’, which has done nothing except mind its own business for a number of years, but close inspection in the last week suggests that at last there are buds developing, so that will be something else to gaze at from the windows!
Now, if I stuck my head out of the window, twizzled around and looked UP, I might (with some contortion) also see the wisteria which has suddenly begun to colour up. Again, this is early, usually being in full flower at the end of May – but hey, who cares! It’s going to be beautiful!