Six on Saturday, Not All of Them Roses…

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 aΒ  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, CΓ©cile 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:

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41 Responses to Six on Saturday, Not All of Them Roses…

  1. bcparkison says:

    Well…Mothers Day was huge let down. The wild “Mothers Day rose” which has always been right on time was two weeks late this year. Just crazy.

    • Cathy says:

      That’s a shame πŸ™„ It does a vary a little here though – I remember in 2020 they started quite early in May and the first flush was over by the end of June, after a hot and dry spring

  2. What a wonderful selection! The Olivia Rose is a beauty, and I admire the vigorous growth of your Cecile Brunner and hope that my plant will put on such growth next season! As for the wisteria- what a magnificent display!

  3. Beautiful Aquilegia and Roses. Who is Larry and why is he happy?

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Wow! That wisteria is still excellent! Well, I do not intend to trivialize the other pictures. That wisteria just gets my attention.

  5. Rosie Amber says:

    I love this line ‘It’s not all standing and staring though’, I love going out into my garden just to look and appreciate it all, but I agree, there are also always jobs to do. I was staring at my roses last evening, trying to get a decent photo of a white one – now that it a hard colour to photograph in natural light.

  6. You have a very happy garden, Cathy…

  7. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I am suffering from Wisteria and Rose envy! I do have some lovely roses but not nearly enough!

    • Cathy says:

      I do know exactly how many I have got, but it’s hard to imagine that there are so many of them in the garden, espcially as there are at least two of many of them… Once the bug gets you, it really gets you…! 😁

  8. pbmgarden says:

    Wow, that last image of your wisteria shows off your deign skills. Just lovely.

  9. Pauline says:

    Clematis and roses, what could be better, they were made to go together! Love the colour of your first one.

  10. Heyjude says:

    Your roses and clematis are a joy to behold. I came a bit of a tumble today in the garden – it’s not all standing and staring!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh no Jude! How has it left you? Not battered, bruised or broken, I hope… πŸ™„

      • Heyjude says:

        Bruised and battered (hitting a granite wall at full pelt is not to be advised) but I am well padded so nothing broken. Good job my head didn’t hit that wall though, might have been a different story. I did wonder how long it would take for the OH to miss me!

        • Cathy says:

          At full pelt? I have visions of you sprinting down your garden , but I guess it was actually a sudden fall (or, as a number of people of our age have said recently, ‘I fell over’ and not ‘had a fall’) Was it a trip? You certainly must have come off worse if it was a wall you fell against and thank goodness it wasn’t your head, as you say πŸ™„ Are you feeling quite achey now? Poor you…

  11. Mmmmm, rose-blooming time! That is a special time of year, indeed. And your Wisteria display…sigh. Lovely!

  12. Cathy says:

    That first rose is lovely – the curl at the centre is so pretty and it is rather elegant too. I actually had a bit of time to stand and stare yesterday, a well as doing lots of jobs. But we are braced for the next wave of thunderstorms coming our way tonight!

    • Cathy says:

      Hope the thunderstorms don’t do any damage and presumable they will be bringing some rain, which is invariably useful. How much water storage do you have? The photo showed the first bloom of this rose and I was surprised at its relatively small size, but others opening since are bigger and, I think, more the norm

      • Cathy says:

        We don’t store any water, as it all drains down into the garden πŸ˜ƒ ( We are not connected to any drainage/sewage pipes here and have our own mini sewage plant. πŸ˜‰)

        • Cathy says:

          So you get enough rain not to need any water butts? And smnething other than a septic tank? You do have piped fresh water though?

          • Cathy says:

            Well, we are on the mains for fresh water and I use that for watering the vegetable garden. But the flower beds hardly ever get extra water as the idea is to grow only drought tolerant plants. We may install some water butts at one point, but it has been good for the water to go into the meadow, to the trees and shrubs down the bottom of the slope. We have a big potato/topinambur bed down there too which would be impossible to water from the house.

          • Cathy says:

            I hope you don’t mind me asking all these questions, Cathy, but I always find it interesting to get the bigger picture πŸ˜‰

          • Cathy says:

            Not at all! Things are done differently in different countries, and we are living on property out in the middle of nowhere on top of that. We are not completely ‘offgrid’, but very isolated: in fact the telephone line (with internet) goes through the woods (and is frequently interrupted with fallen branches or trees which we often have to deal with ourselves), and if it snows we have to plough our own way out to the main road! But we love it! πŸ˜‰

          • Cathy says:

            Thanks for sharing πŸ‘

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