The large ash tree in the back garden is host to a white Clematis montana and also Rosa Wedding Day. The clematis was planted to mark our son’s wedding 10 yrs ago and the rose to mark our daughter’s wedding 15 yrs ago.
The clematis didn’t actually climb very far before it decided to reach sideways into the next shrubs. The blossom does look nice though during May/June.
Rosa Wedding Day has the right idea though, it has scrambled and scrambled until it is nearly at the top of the tree. The problem is that it is a bit difficult to photograph! This one was taken from the balcony, the shrubs at the bottom of the photo are about 8 ft tall.
The buds are quite yellow in colour, but then when they open, they are a beautiful white, as they should be for a wedding!
One branch though has decided to flop across the golden leaved Philadelphus.
This isn’t a good photo, but if you look in the centre of the photo, starting at the base, continue up along the centre line, you might just be able to make out some of the yellow buds. The rose has managed to climb almost to the top of the tree, it has taken it a long time, but it got there eventually!
It takes time for all the flowers to open, in the end it is the white waterfall I envisaged all those years ago when I planted it. The rose starts flowering at the end of June, it takes over from the Clematis montana, so in all, this ash tree provides interest for nearly 3 months of the year and of course makes me think of both weddings which were such happy events in the family. Do you plant your garden with reminders of happy family events?
We had a very happy event last week, we were told that the undergardener’s cancer has now gone, and he will just have to have regular check ups to make sure that he is ok. The daily treatment certainly worked and we are so very grateful to the staff at the hospital in Exeter who took such good care of him. I think this deserves a plant, can you suggest what I should plant to celebrate?