Six on Saturday: March of the Roses

Roses have been budding up since early this month, but resolutely refusing to open; sunshine and warmer days over this last week seemed to be the trigger they needed and one or two are now showing off their rosy glory, starting with R ‘Strawberry Hill’, above, increasingly one my favourites. More than likely, ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’ was the first, her blooms appearing way above my head and easily missed. There may be a hint of colour on buds of a handful of roses, but mostly they seem content to wait until they feel the time is right, like ‘Gertrude Jekyll, below, demonstrating the benefit of training stems horizontally to encourage more side shoots and therefore more blooms:

Reluctantly removing the last of the tulips blooms from various pots, cleared the way for refilling them with summer bedding. I have broken from my usual colour scheme in the four square pots on the paved area, using gaura for height, and keeping to pastel shades of pink and light purple, using argyranthemum, calibrochea, diascia, osteospermum and lavender lobelia. Hopefully they will be well-established when we open the garden in five weeks time.

With a dry weekend forecast, I had planned to go back and tackle the leak in the reservoir of the stream, which involved removing many of the surrounding rocks and part of the metal framework that supported them to allow access to the join in the liner where I think and hope the problem is. Tomorrow I will apply the repair tape and keep my fingers crossed that this resolves the issue. Surprisingly, since the last time I looked at the reservoir, it had refilled up to the level of the leak, even though it had been covered – presumably just from rainfall.

Despite the pesky wood pigeons, there is still a reasonable show from the wisteria, with blooms restricted to the upper parts of the framework, as if the pigeons were too lazy to venture higher. I must be thankful for small mercies…

One of my favourite May combinations, the three As – allium, astrantia and aquilegia – are ably doing their stuff, with the many astrantia slowly clumping up nicely and well worth waiting for. The aquilegia, ‘Green Apples’ is one I grew from seed many years ago and returns reliably without seeding around, although I try to be diligent in deadheading.

A big thank you goes out to Jim of Garden Ruminations, who ably hosts this Six on Saturday meme, allowing us to share six things from our garden each Saturday, a useful way of highlighting often quite random things

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22 Responses to Six on Saturday: March of the Roses

  1. bcparkison says:

    I do wish my wisteria was as controlled as yours. Sadly it is possible that it may need to be cut down and totally removed. The peony needs sun.

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    I do enjoy seeing all the different Aquilegia colours. Someone once told me that they all naturalize to purple, but perhaps they don’t?

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Alliums are rad there. I got my first two from Tangly Cottage Gardening last year, and one of them got munched. I am SO angry! Well, it may survive. The other is blooming late like so many other flowers here. Aquilegia are a popular flower on Six on Saturday today.

  4. Love the May combinations, the Wisterias, and the Roses…wow! Great Six on Saturday post. 🙂

  5. Pauline says:

    I’m glad you have some flowers left on your wisteria, I have plenty of wood pigeons but they don’t seem to have discovered my wisteria , thank goodness. Your rose is beautiful, lots more rosy delights to come!

    • Cathy says:

      It will quickly be like going from faine to feast as far as the roses go – Rambling Rector has been covered in buds for about 3 weeks but showing no sign of opening, but this means it will be at its peak when we open at the end of June, as will the others. Let’s hope your wood pigeons continue to be wisteria-blind!

  6. Heyjude says:

    Purple and pink seem to be the colours of late May. I love your planters! My first rose to open is Gertrude and like you I am training it to be a climber, 25 buds seen so far this year which is definitely the best. My astrantias have been moved to a sunnier location and I am hoping they like the new location and bulk up. So far, so small, but the red one does appear to have a flower bud!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh it is looking promising for your astrantias – and when they have finally bulked up the waiting will have been worth it. I haven’t counted the buds on my GK but last year was it’s best ever and the area round it has been opened up more so hopefully it could be even better. The promise of 25 blooms at one time is a glorious thought!

  7. Cathy, it’s all looking lovely.

  8. Cathy says:

    It is lovely to see your three A’s again Cathy. And the first rose is a real beauty. Gaura in your pots is a great idea and I have been growing them near my front door in pots for several years now. If they don’t survive the winter I always get seedlings in the garden I can use to replace them.
    Glad you have had at least a few wisteria flowers to enjoy.

    • Cathy says:

      I got the idea of the gaura from a pot collection in a Sarah Raven catalogue. I have grown gaura from seed but the plants are still small and the one you can see is a bought one – I will lift them over winter as they have never survived here

  9. Donna Donabella says:

    Adore seeing what is going on in your garden…especially roses!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Doona, they are gradually increasing in number, but so much later than most years – although they should now carry on later of course…

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