My Plant of the Moment.

Actually it is two plants, both roses, both climbing to the tops of two of my huge ancient trees and both looking beautiful. The first one I planted soon after we moved here twenty seven yrs ago, Rosa Mulligani,  and one planted 18 yrs ago when our daughter was married, Rosa Wedding Day. They both seem very happy where I have planted them, they never get watered and only get a handful of fertiliser when I remember, not even once a year!

R. Mulligani with Clematis Etoile Violet which I forgot to prune again so it has shot up the tree.

Climbing higher every year.

This is the first year it has flowered in June, always before it has started flowering in July.

Rosa Wedding Day climbing up one of the large Ash trees in the back garden.

It took quite a few years to start climbing…..

…but gradually it got higher and higher…..

…….and at last it has reached the top!

I wonder where it will go next, if it follows the same growth pattern as R. Mulligani it will now start flopping out of the tree and look like a waterfall, can’t wait!

Do you have a “plant of the moment” that you would like to tell us about? Mine change all the time as the weeks go by, there is always something that tempts me out into the garden to be admired.



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26 Responses to My Plant of the Moment.

  1. Sally says:

    Hi Pauline. I adore your plant of the moment! And, the Clematis with it. What a wonderful combination. I can hardly wait to see pictures of it cascading…..As for my garden, it’s been a disappointing season. I think the crazy spring weather confused the Irises. Almost all of them didn’t bloom and the ones that did had one or two stems. None of the Foxglove and only one Hollyhock came back this year. They really add interest and color with their height(s). However, the Daisies and “Susans” are starting to bloom and the Lilies are budding up….It’s all good!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Sally, the combination of the clematis with the rose was a result of my laziness as I forgot to prune that clematis in March when I did the others!
      sorry to hear about the no show of your iris and foxglove flowers, I do like them both for giving height in the border. Its good that you have lots of buds ready to take over for the rest of the summer.

  2. Anna says:

    Oh that must be a glorious sight to behold Pauline. Is there scent too? They are obviously most content roses.

    • Pauline says:

      It is Anna, they look so pretty. Rosa mulligani has a faint perfume of something like bananas or pineapple! Wedding Day is flowering too high up for me to have a sniff!

  3. Cathy says:

    Amazing! What a glorious sight that must be. 🙂

  4. snowbird says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it come cascading down. I just love roses in trees, I have two in an ancient apple. xxx

    • Pauline says:

      Me too, it’s just as well Dina, that I have such big strong trees! Your apple tree must look wonderful with two roses climbing through it.

  5. Frank says:

    What an eruption of flowers! Amazing 🙂
    My plant of the moment is a patch of lilium regale which were grown from seed. They are in full flower, fragrant, and catch my attention every time I look out there!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Frank, I am surprised each year at how much growth there is with no effort at all from me.
      I’m impressed that you grew your lilies from seed, the perfume from them all must be absolutely amazing! How long did they take to flower from seed?

      • Frank says:

        Sorry for the delay in getting back to you!
        The lilies are very easy so don’t be too impressed, for me L. regale took three years but believe it or not L. formosanum can sometimes bloom the first year from seed! This year I had the first flowers on my martagons, they were five.

        • Pauline says:

          I must try some from seed if they are so quick to flower, but must devise a means to keep them hidden from the red lily beetle!

  6. Christina says:

    These are the roses I like the most, making a wonderful statement high up in the trees the addition of the Clematis is inspired.

    • Pauline says:

      These huge roses do make a wonderful show Christina, just for a month, but they are so worth it. The clematis is supposed to be neatly trained on an obelisk down at ground level, but it has escaped and is now flowering 15 or 20 ft up the dead oak, a happy accident.

  7. Denise says:

    Your climbing roses are just amazing! Having mature trees does make such a difference to a garden. My plant of the moment is a peony with ‘ruffly’ pink flowers, pale yellow in the centre, and the size of side-plates. I can’t remember its name! Maybe ‘plant of the moment’ should be a new monthly blog!

    • Pauline says:

      The huge trees were one of the reasons we bought the house here Denise, they made a new garden look very mature straight away.
      Your peony sounds delightful, does it have a perfume too? I’ll have to think about a monthly “Plant of the Moment” who knows, it might happen!

      • Denise says:

        I checked back in my Garden Diary, it is Bowl of Beauty. It is supposed to be fragrant but having just been outside for a quick ‘sniff’ I couldn’t detect any scent at all. Maybe my nose is not what it used to be! Lol.

  8. Jason says:

    We have very similar taste in roses. My favorites are all trouble-free ramblers or shrub roses with white single or semi-double flowers.

  9. Cathy says:

    Yes ramblers are amazing and their relatively short season is worth it for the impact they make

  10. Peter/Outlaw says:

    The roses/clematis climbing your trees are like giant floral arrangements. So beautiful, carefree, and with special memories. My plant of the moment is a rose that I just brought home from a nursery yesterday. It’s label said ‘Playboy’ but both the folks at the nursery and I think that the group arrived mislabeled as it bears no resemblance to the brassy orange and yellow single flowers of ‘Playboy.’ The plants are vigorous, seems to be a floribunda, cabbage or old rose form, many petaled, delicate butter yellow near the center becoming suffused with pink on the outer petals, fragrance is strong and very much enjoyed on the car ride home. From a distance it glows. Unless a rose expert drops by, it’ll always be a mysterious beauty.

    • Pauline says:

      They do have special memories Peter, I hate the thought that one day I will have to leave them behind!
      Your rose sounds delightful, such pretty colours and a perfume too, it couldn’t be better!

  11. Sue C. says:

    They are spectacular Pauline and the rose and clematis combination works so well. My Plant of the Moment this week is Hemerocallis. I might even post on them!

    • Pauline says:

      The roses are now almost over unfortunately Sue. As you say Hemerocallis are now attracting attention, another post is almost ready!

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