Although many of the numerous roses in the garden have an odd flower or two, we are still a number of weeks away from peak flowering time, which hopefully will coincide with our garden opening towards the end of June. Even Rambling Rector’s thousands of buds are still firmly closed, promising a fully clothed arbour a few weeks hence. Newest rose to open is pale pink ‘Olivia Rose Austin’ (above), a long way behind Gertrude Jekyll in the number of petals per bloom.
A further example of a plant only recently thriving after a number of years is another rose, Cécile Brunner, originally contained and struggling in a ‘bottomless pot’ beside the shed, and now romping its way across the roof of the said shed, seemingly now happy as Larry. Its blooms are always described as ‘thimble-sized’, but in truth it would take a giant’s finger to fill a thimble of this size, although admittedly the blooms are small and delightfully perfect miniatures.
We now have a solution to the newly created gap behind the water butt – what better than another rose because, as we all know, you can never have enough roses! Choosing a climbing rose also gave me the opportunity to use a redundant obelisk which has been gathering spiders’ webs in the bothy for a few seasons, making it a doubly inspirational decision. Erring on the sensible side, my purchase was apricot shaded Bathsheba, rather than The Generous Gardener, which was named for the National Garden Scheme and thus would have been an appropriate choice, were it not for its height and vigour.
Come the summer months, clematis will come a close second to roses for colour and continued flower power, and the first C texensis to open is ‘Margot Kostner’:
Filling the garden with colour at the present moment though, amongst many other things, is a wide range of aquilegia, all grown from seed. Their intricate folds and flounces never fail to entrance me:
It’s not all standing and staring though, because there are jobs to be done, which today included removing dead and yellowing foliage from a large Fatsia japonica and cutting down some low hanging branches in the woodland. It’s a very satisfying feeling seeing a large pile of greenery being reduced to a pile a fraction of the size within half an hour or so:
Thank you to Jon the Propagator who hosts this weekly meme, enabling us to share various images of our varied gardens from around the world- why not check them out? And before you go, do have a look at the progress of our wonderful wisteria, still not quite at its peak: