With the garden openings coming up, I have been frequently checking progress of the various roses as there are several new ones; not quite everything will be coming up roses, but I am pleased to see that many of them should be flowering well by then, especially Rambling Rector, which was over and done with by early June last year. That was rather earlier than the norm, as it is usually coming into bloom for the Golfer’s birthday, which is in a few day’s time. Taking a photograph into the sun was not ideal, but the only way I could give you any indication of the numerous buds.
Similarly smothered in buds is Rosemarie Viaud, which is trained across the back of the shed and will soon be in full flower with its pretty violet blooms. Last year she made a small statement, but will definitely have a lot more to say for herself this year.
Last year I pruned The Poet’s Wife and The Pilgrim quite severely to try to contain their almost excessive height; it is too early to know how effective this pruning has been but at the moment both are budding up nicely, the latter having a topknot of healthy buds and the former bizarrely having a cluster of buds crawling along the ground:
Elsewhere, things are looking pretty good with blooms just beginning to appear on most of the other roses too. We have…
Top row (left to right): rambler Rural England, now climbing into the apple trees, rugosa Hansa, neat and petite Cécile Brunner
Middle row: Susan Williams-Ellis, newly planted Falstaff, Gertrude Jekyll
Bottom row: Blush Noisette, Munstead Wood, Sweet Dreams
Just outside the kitchen windows, two Crown Princess Margarita growing up either side of an archway and this year should meet in the middle for the first time:
In the rose garden, where the climbing roses were all replaced at the end of the last year, Darcy Bussell is beginning to bloom, but the buds on James L Austin, as I mentioned the other day, are still tiny but as always I remain hopeful.
Above the last two, Madame Alfred Carrière clambers over the ‘bus shelter’ and is looking wonderful although once again the sun prevented a decent picture. She is one rose that doesn’t get regularly deadheaded as this would entail a stepladder!
It seems therefore, and thankfully so, that I can just let them all get on with it!