The above rose, Rambler ‘Rose-Marie Viaud’ (and not ‘Veilchenblau’ as I keep trying to call it) is not exactly new as it has been at the back of the shed for perhaps half a dozen years, but it was newly liberated by the cutting down of a cherry and removal of the ivy in the adjacent bed when the pump water feature was created last September, giving it greater freedom to flourish. The flowers are far more mauve than the above picture suggests, but all the new shoots are promising good things for the future although at the moment they are in desperate need of tying in!
The dierama which was exclaimed over in Wednesday’s wordless post is definitely a surprise, as it has existed in the form of a couple of grass stems for several years so why it has suddenly decided to take on a more substantial existence (leaves unfortunately now resembling the rampant montbretia which has long since been removed and for which it could be mistaken!) and flower is anyone’s guess, but is surely to do with that special magic which seems to be working in the garden this year. In the middle of one of the main borders it is currently very much overshadowed but I don’t think I will risk moving it yet! There were at least two others planted at the same time but whether they too will mysteriously burst into life is still an unknown.
This special magic has also produced surprises in the blue & white borders – a lily that I can’t access the label of because of the adjacent prickly echinops and the wonderful sight of Lilium martagon ‘Alba’, which originated from Peter Nyssen bulbs but not from the previous two year’s orders. The larger lily is a little nibbled, having received a great deal of attention from lily beetles, but the martagon lily has emerged unscathed although a fraction of its potential maximum height. Exciting times!
Another bulb success story is tritelia (brodiaea), which I have bought bulbs of several times without seeing results – not so this year, as they appearing here and there, to my great delight. Even the Golfer has joined in my excitement at all these new appearances, requesting guidance as to what to look out for when he takes his (relatively) cursory rambles and extends his knowledge of the contents of the garden.
Several clematis were added in spring last year in an attempt to clothe almost every naked post, and several of these, like that show-off Franziska Maria, have settled in well enough to be flowering – but there has been too much excitement for one post so the rest will have to wait!