Coming Up

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!

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19 Responses to Coming Up

  1. Cathy says:

    I wonder if you have a favourite rose. They certainly all look happy and healthy in your garden. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, so many things to take into account – colour, petal formation, fragrance, length of flowring – that I don’t think I have…

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    All the roses are looking wonderful and so ready to burst forth. I’m sure your open garden visitors are going to love walking around your garden, as I did, online.

  3. bcparkison says:

    When is show day?

  4. tonytomeo says:

    We happen to live in one of the best places in the World for roses, but they are not as appreciated as they once were. They are actually more respected up in the Northwest, where they do not perform quite as well (although some of the production nurseries are there.) Portland is known as the ‘Rose City’ for a reason, but San Jose really should have that distinction.

  5. Pauline says:

    The roses seem to be extra good this year, maybe they have enjoyed our strange weather! Yours look as though they will be flowering for your special day, making your garden look very welcoming.

    • Cathy says:

      Apart from Pink Perpetue at the front of the house (which I often forget when I do a round up!) there seems to be no sign of black spot, which I wondered might be the result of the weather. I am really pleased that that the established ones will be on form for the mai open days, especially the Rector as he makes such a big impact

  6. Ali says:

    Cathy, it is lovely to see all these roses about to reach their zenith. I LOVE JUNE!!!! (tra la, dancing and spinning into the rose bush).
    Seeing your ‘Crown Princess Margareta’ has got me wondering if this is my mystery rose? Does she ever produce pinker flowers first? Do her blooms have a pinkish tinge?

    • Cathy says:

      Good word, that, ZENITH – definitely heading that way 🙂 but I am not sure where YOU will be heading if you carry on dancing and spinning like a mad woman! I have just popped out to check CPM and would say that her buds are definitely all apricot, with an orangey hint to the buds before they open, so you will have to keep searching for a name for your mystery rose…

  7. Sam says:

    I didn’t realise you had so many roses in your garden! They’re all looking great. (I have made a note of a couple…)

  8. Christina says:

    As Sam says above; I didn’t realise there were quite so many roses in your garden; some of which are large varieties. Nice that they will just get on with flowering while you prepare for the open garden.

    • Cathy says:

      I have learned in recent years of the importance of having continous flowering roses where possible, which ramblers generally don’t of course (except Rural England) but they make such an impact when they do. The two roses I planted last year to climb up the obelisks in the shrub border have done nothing at all and may be overshadowed too much so I will need to reassess them. To think that until about 10 years ago I would not have bothered with roses at all…!!

  9. Cathy, as Christina says, I had never realized the large number of different types of roses she has. I love all of them. They are beautiful. I’m glad that your roses are going to bloom when your garden will be open to the public. But he has commented that he likes the roses that bloom throughout the summer. I have four roses that I do not know their name, that bloom from April to the first frost: except this year they have not yet flowered because it is cold, 12º Celsius for the day and we with the wood burning stove, when we had to be 28 Centigrades. And also with very heavy rains and storms sometimes with hail. The weather is crazy! Have a good week and let your roses stay so beautiful. Greetings from Margarita.

  10. Chloris says:

    I love all your roses. Don’t you think they are particularly good this year? Rose heaven, it’s intoxicating. Happy birthday to the Golfer.

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely collection Cathy. Your visitors will be so excited!

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