Abigail may have merely waved at us but Barney certainly shook our hand very firmly, leaving a few twiggy branches around and a couple of our neighbour’s fence panels down. Any residual breeze now carries with it the delightful scent of V b ‘Dawn’ – until I had my own I didn’t quite appreciate how delightful the fragrance was although I can’t quite put my finger on what, if anything, the smell reminds me off. I think I have heard it referred to as ‘candyfloss’ which must surely have some artificial smell rather than one of its own – nothing artificial about ‘Dawn’ though! Showing off against her bobbly pink blossom is a follow-on from my November blooms day post – a bud of the Poet’s Wife, now opening delightfully and not browning into a soggy lump like some roses are prone to do in the circumstances. She also smells gorgeous, a definite citrus fragrance, and I was pleased to read ‘Which? Gardening’ recommending her highly in the recent issue.
Between periods of wind and rain I was able to complete my painting of the rose arbour, meaning I could then tackle existing and proposed planting around the feet of the posts. Clematis ‘Gravetye Beauty’ was rescued from its ignominious position face down in a puddle on the paved area, and retied around its post (middle post on the right) where it will get a little slate tile surround to prevent its roots being exposed. On the far right post, a flash of inspiration saw Clematis jouiniana ‘Praecox’ moved to the middle post on the left where its generous foliage can spread itself around without reducing access as it had been doing. This left climbing rose ‘New Dawn’ to climb up the post without hindrance and without being smothered in a clematis bear hug, leaving me surprised to see how much more vigourous she was than the spindly underperforming specimen I had expected.
Two new clematis have been waiting a few months for their allocated spots to become available – C viticella ‘Alba’ (with its lovely wavy green edges) for the far middle post and C viticella ‘Venosa Violacea’ for the ‘middle middle’. Avoiding my 2016 plant buying embargo I have a pair of ‘Crown Princess Margareta’ climbing roses on order for the two front posts – but what could go in the spot to the left of the path that I have been clearing of ivy…?