Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Roses Need Noses

IMG_2318There are many blooms in the garden this month but they are undoubtedly dominated by the roses. Even from the kitchen windows we have the pleasure of ‘Rambling Rector’, above, ‘Rural England’ (as described the other day), below:

IMG_2320and ‘Danse de Feu’:

IMG_2319…whilst further down is the actual ‘rose garden’, shown from a different perspective today:

IMG_2326Here there are four ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’ on diagonal posts and four ‘Guinée’ on the other diagonals, with ‘Blush Noisette’ on the the fences which form three sides of the space. To the left and out of the picture is the ‘bus shelter’ with ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’ climbing over it, ‘The Fairy’ either side, and two urns (new this year) with ‘Magic Carpet’. The posts shown above are underplanted with lavender and not surprisingly the fragrance here in recent weeks has been sublime, not just when rambling through but when working in nearby parts of the garden too. Like other parts of the garden revamped two years ago this is all beginning to fall into place.

At the front of the house ‘Pink Perpetue is also in full bloom, with an already floriferous Clematis ‘Étoile Violette’, both taking advantage of the morning sunshine at this side of the house. I noticed just the other morning that another two or three feet of growth would see ‘Pink Perpetué’ reach our bedroom window, just visible in this picture – wouldn’t that be nice?!

IMG_2329Another highlight this month are the geraniums in the clematis colonnade, providing colour as the clematis above them ebb and flow. Initially there were four different geraniums, the same four planted in each of the four beds, but when some failed they tended to be replaced with others that just needed a home – the dominant colours are currently provided by ‘Dragon Heart’ and ‘Johnson’s Blue’:

IMG_2321The mostly new Clematis alpinas finished some weeks ago, but the larger clematis are beginning to come to the fore. The earlier ‘Josephine’ (bottom left) is probably just about past her peak, but has built up to it over a number of weeks, ‘Rebecca’ (top right) has another flower (almost slug-ignored), the first ‘Princess Diana’ (top right) are just opening (I love not just the colour but the shape and the texture of those leathery petals) and there are lots more buds lined up to join the just-opened ‘Hagley Hybrid’ (bottom right):

GBBD.clematisMeanwhile, down at the bottom of the garden the hot borders are actually looking ‘hotter’ than they ever have been, with little sign of the ‘boldness’ I have been trying to introduce with pinks and purples. More roses (‘Parkdirektor Riggers’), geum, the baskets described earlier this week, some Aquilegia ‘Oranges and Lemons’ and emerging buds on various hemerocallis:

IMG_2328It must sound like wall-to-wall blooms here, and in truth that just about sums up GBBD this June – and although I may not count the blooms every day I certainly count my blessings! Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this meme and allowing us to share our blooms with a wider audience. Do visit her blog for links to many more gardens to saw what is flowering there.

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30 Responses to Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Roses Need Noses

  1. Your garden photos are magical, I think I can almost smell the roses.

  2. Julie says:

    What a lot of roses you have Cathy! Your garden looks beautiful with all those blooms – I just wish I could catch a waft of scent in your photos.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – and yet it is only fairly recently I have come to really appreciate their benefit in the garden. Now I would like more!

  3. Pauline says:

    Your Rambling Rector is amazing Cathy, so many flowers! All your roses and clematis bring so much colour and the perfume from your lavender must make your garden a perfect place to be. June is a wonderful month!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Pauline – and RR was cut right back after flowering for the last two years and has continued to flower beautifully, but without all the dead twiggy bits! I am really appreciating having roses these days – and definitely noticing the fragrance!

  4. rusty duck says:

    The Rector certainly likes his ramble! And roses round the door too. Perfect.
    Princess Diana is a lovely clematis, another one to add to the list.

    • Cathy says:

      My PD hasn’t flowered for a couple of years and I had forgotten just HOW beautiful the flowers were! There are lots of buds coming so plenty to look forward to 🙂

  5. Renee says:

    Wow! All those roses are beautiful! Too bad there is no such thing as scent over the internet. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Kris P says:

    You have an incredible number of roses, as well as Clematis! I particularly like the combination of the pink rose and the purple Clematis – I hope both keep up their climb so you can indeed see them through your bedroom window. Happy GBBD, Cathy!

  7. Christina says:

    A lot of my roses are over now, so I enjoyed seeing yours all the more. Rambling Rector is a favourite of mine and you were right when you said I should think about growing some. I’ve just thought that the wood shed would look good with a rose growing over it!

  8. Chloris says:

    Your garden is looking wonderful. Lovely roses! You can never have too many. They are my favourite flowers. I love the ramblers at this time of the year. Your Rambling Rector is gorgeous. Pink Perpetue is stunning with the Clematis. There is no situation which isn’ t improved with a rose scrambling through it. Lovely; the very essence of June is summed up by the smell of the rose. I bet your ramblings are pretty much nonstop at the moment.

  9. Annette says:

    Fabulous, Cathy, a lush rose heaven! May I also say how well you’ve built your pergola – it looks so neat. Just came back this weekend to a very thirsty, rather parched garden and have already started to cut back my roses to promote new flowers. Monsieur strimmed off -by accident?- the very promising main stem of Bobby James…alas, no flowers this year. Have a great week 🙂

  10. Cathy says:

    What gorgeous shades of pinks and blues. Clematis and roses go so well together and that combination of Etoile violette and Pink perpetuee is lovely!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I don’t think there have ever been as many clematis flowers out at the same time, and I have to agree that the combination does look good 🙂

  11. Nell Jean says:

    What a Rose Festival!

  12. All I can say is WOW! my first thought was those could not possibly all be in your backyard. How wonderful, lucky and talented you are!

    • Cathy says:

      Lucky – indeed! I never forget to be grateful for what we have here.Talented? Well the plants do it themselves really. Thanks for your kind comments though 🙂

  13. If only I could meet you at your garden gate and stroll with you through this fantastic garden. Amazing what time and good cultural practices can bring about. As an Episcopalian, I give you a deep bow as you process through this rose delight.

  14. Anna says:

    Wish that I could smell those fabulous roses Cathy. I recognise that red bird feeder – we have an identical one purchased earlier this year. Our original squirrel proof feeder was finally destroyed by those grey rats with tails, after giving us 20 years or so of good service so can’t complain. Curious to know how long you’ve had the feeder and whether squirrels frequent your garden?

    • Cathy says:

      Ah well, Anna, that is a new feeder that has not been tried yet by those grey rats with fluffy tails yet -in fact we haven’t seen a grwft in the garden this year at all…

  15. What can I say? Everyone else has said it for me. Definitely a rose heaven! Yes, “smellyvision” would be an exciting new development to blogging!

  16. looks beautiful and with the perfumes it sounds just perfect Cathy, you have some lovely combinations, and maybe by next year roses around the bedroom window too, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Frances – and until this photo it was not something I had considered so I am really looking forward to the prospect now!

  17. bittster says:

    You really do roses well, and I love that you have so many climbers and ramblers and give them the space they need rather than box and trim them all up into a too-small assigned area. Beautiful.

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