As always, it was a joy to be back home on Thursday after my few days away, not that absence could make the heart any fonder than it already is of course! Despite being ready for an afternoon nap after my exertions with Elder Daughter and The Poppet a ramble was still a necessity, although before I could get to the back door the Golfer had called me to the window to look at this newcomer : climbing rose ‘New Dawn’, climbing up one of the pillars of the pergola that is currently smothered by ‘Rambling Rector’. There had been a few blush pink buds before I left, but the warmth had teased them out and they were now vying for attention with the Rector’s creamy white abundance.
I sometimes forget about New Dawn, hiding as she does on this pillar not just with the Rector in her hair but half smothered by Clematis jouiniana ‘Praecox’, the latter periodically gathered up and discretely bundled together with a length of soft flexible wire. Also, she was a present and not a planned purchase, the pillar being the only place to plant her I could think of at the time. With my current enthusiasm for roses, though, I now find myself wondering about the other pillars here…..
Leaving the kitchen window for a closer inspection of New Dawn, a ramble the garden soon reacquainted me with all my Preciouses, including the glorious deep purply-blue and HUGE pendulous blooms of this Campanula ‘Sarastro’, so far untouched and unmunched by slimey slugs and snails: