All the roses that are flowering at the moment are really enjoying all the rain that we are having. The climbing and rambling roses especially are much better than they usually are, maybe they need more rain than we normally have. Usually I don’t water them at all, I feel that they have to get their roots down deep and use the water that my heavy clay hangs on to, but the difference is something I might have to think about. I will start with the huge R. Mulligani which has climbed up the dead oak.
This rose must have climbed up about 30 ft, and then it cascades down for another 15 to 20 ft, certainly rampant! Looking back from under the pergola, this is the best view of Mulligani.
On a totally different scale is Rosa glauca in the back garden. Very simple single flowers accompanied by luscious glaucous foliage that really set each other off beautifully. That isn’t all, after the flowers come scarlet hips for the birds and small mammals to enjoy in the winter.
Different again with its full double flowers is The Countryman which has a lovely perfume. All my roses from David Austin have been chosen for their perfume, which is especially pronounced early morning or in the evening. Enjoying the company here of a campanula.
Can hardly get up the steps by the back door, Bonica is blocking the way. These bushes have grown so much this year and are now arching over in the rain. In the background is the yellow rose, Charlotte.
Up and over the pergola which goes to the fruit and veg garden are on the right, New Dawn, a very pale pink which looks almost the same white as R. Mme Gregoire Staechelin which is on the left, they have Clematis Perle d’Azur climbing through them which flowers later.
Showing the delicate colouring of New Dawn.
A closer look at Mme Gregoire Staechelin, this is quite a rampant rose, needs a lot of control.
Rosa Charlotte has done well since day one. Quite a robust rose, fairly tall that has beautifully coloured flowers, not yellow, not gold, makes me think of peaches and caramel!
Such a lovely colour, too pretty to be called Shropshire lad, maybe lass would be better, but then, that is a totally different rose, almost white and single.
The ever popular Gertrude Jekyll, fantastic scent with this one, everybody’s favourite I think.
In the back garden is an archway into the woodland with the climbing rose, Snowgoose.
This has an early clematis winding through it, Clematis alpina White Moth and campanulas at its feet.
Twelve years ago I planted the rambling rose, Wedding Day, when our daughter got married. There is a large ash tree to the left of the archway into the woodland, that I felt needed something climbing up into it. There is also a Clematis montana climbing here to celebrate our son’s wedding. You need really large strong trees to be able to do this, anything smaller wouldn’t be able to bear the weight of a full blown rambling rose plus clematis.
It has been a long wait, trying to train the shoots up into the tree and not let them flop onto the lawn. At last I can see some flowers about 30ft up the tree, it has been quietly climbing while I have been fussing over one shoot that didn’t want to behave! The only place I could photograph it was from on the balcony! Not a good photo as there is so much ash foliage, will look better when it starts to cascade down again.
Looking over the garden at the side, from the balcony, it has dawned on me that we have so many roses flowering prolifically at the moment. In the front is pink Bonica, behind to the right is yellow Charlotte with white Iceberg. At the back are the 2 roses on the pergola and on the left is Mulligani tumbling out of the oak, with more Iceberg and the pink Geoff Hamilton.
Finally we have Bonica once more, surrounding the little owl with his pile of gardening books. One plant of Rosa Bonica was bought originally and the others, including the ones by the steps in the side garden, were produced from hard wood cuttings. This area between the front of the house and the garage, is a bit pink at the moment!!
I have never known so many flowers all at once on the roses and can only put the abundance down to all the rain that we have been experiencing for weeks if not months!! They say that every cloud has a silver lining and all this rain has certainly made the garden grow and flower like never before!