Most of the roses here that are having a second flush seem to have done so later than usual, waiting till September to really get going again. ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ is undoubtedly the star of this late showing, flowering perhaps even better than earlier in the year and proving to be a real trooper. There are two ladies actually, one on either side of the bench, but the lady on the left is not flowering quite as well.
She will make up for this relative inferiority when the adjacent crab apple ‘Evereste’ is fully ripe, making a glorious combination of apricot shades, still a few weeks away yet.
Under the clematis colonnade there is some colour in each of the four beds of roses, but not a lot, and the roses here are a little disappointing – I wanted low growing varieties and made the mistake of purely searching the David Austin website, which focuses on the more showy in-house English shrub roses and had a very limited selection of what I had in mind. The local insect population is not as fussy though, as you can see by this visitor to Rosa ‘Regensberg’:
I can’t fault David Austin for his Engish shrub Roses and have found space to squeeze in even more, which arrived today; neither can I fault the guarantee, having notified them of two non-performers that I bought nearly 3 years ago. Within minutes of my email, replacement plants were on order, with no grilling whatsoever on my rose care regime. They too have arrived, defoliated and ready for the winter, but I shall wait till we have some rain before I plant them out, and at least another month before I defoliate all my existing roses, a practice I have taken on board following a conversation with one of the David Austin team a few tears ago. By defoliating before the leaves drop, it reduces the chance of blackspot spreading from diseased leaves.
I suppose I shall run out of space for roses one of these days…
In the meantime, I have found additional pleasure in the discovery of Colchicum ‘Water Lily’ popping up out of the blue amongst couch grass and mock strawberry under the apple trees:
Even more exciting was the discovery today of a single bloom on my Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, a long-awaited replacement for the original plant which flowered non-stop for three years before its eventual demise. I love this plant and it may only be a single flower, but it makes me so happy!
Jon the Propagator kindly hosts this Saturday meme so do check out his blog and others, who may or may not also be featuring things that make them happy.