Six on Saturday. 8.6.2024

We have had a dry week with just a few odd showers, quite a bit of sunshine and very cold wind. I think I’ve noticed the cold wind more than the plants, they seem to be coping very well indeed. Amongst all the other flowers that are blooming away, the stand out plants at the moment are all the roses, it is roses, roses everywhere, so that is where my six for this week will come from. Most of them are David Austin roses and they are all in the part of the garden which is between the house and the garage, all with hardy geraniums as ground cover.

Rosa Sharifa Asma is my first one, a beautiful rose with a fantastic scent.

A Shropshire Lad, another fantastic rose with a perfume to match.

The Dunwich Rose, I bought this one when we had a holiday near Dunwich, many years ago.

Good old Gertrude Jekyll, I think most of us have this one with its beautiful perfume and lovely flowers.

Buff Beauty is a floribunda type and this is a cutting that I took from one in the back garden. Lovely colour.

Ballerina is such a pretty rose, makes a lovely splash of colour and is very generous with her flowers.

Abraham Derby is the last one in this area, there are still a few waiting to start flowering but they will have to wait for another week.

Can I do a post at the moment and not show my orchid, of course not!

Lots more flowers have opened on the spike, maybe it will be fully out by next weekend. I’ve not seen any bees on it yet so will I get any seed, maybe not, I think the weather will have to warm up first. Many thanks to Jim for all the information he sent me, I’m still no wiser but it is amazing how many varieties there are!

There we have it for this week. Thanks once more to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting, do pay him a visit to see gardens from around the world. Wishing everyone Happy Gardening this weekend!

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18 Responses to Six on Saturday. 8.6.2024

  1. Helen Jones says:

    Love the beautiful roses, but I’m pleased you didn’t leave out the orchid:-)

  2. Graeme says:

    A lovely selection of roses there. Yes, I have Gertrude Jekyll too – a classic strong rose fragrance – although I she attacks me everything I try and squeeze down the side of the shed to get to a water butt! The orchid is still looking smashing.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Graeme, Gertrude can be a bit of a bully can’t she! I think by next weekend the orchid flower spike will be fully open, then I can wait and see if I get any seeds, haven’t seen a bee on it yet though.

  3. Fred says:

    You have a very beautiful collection of roses! …and all different from mine.
    About the orchid, I forgot to present mine this weekend, (mins is Spotted-orchid – Dactylorhiza maculata) and she has a paler colour (I have to think about it for next Saturday)

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Fred, that part of the garden is looking rather pretty at the moment with all the roses. Please remember to show your orchid next week, I think mine might be a hybrid of the Spotted Orchid, but not sure.

  4. Catherine says:

    What lovely roses, Pauline. I have A Shropshire Lad, Gertrude and I used to have Ballerina. My three Ballerina bushes had to be removed when we took a fence away, but seeing yours leaves me thinking it would be nice to have another back in the garden. I really like your Sharifa Asma and Buff Beauty. Good luck with you orchid – I hope you get to see it fully opened soon!

    • Pauline says:

      I really like my Ballerina rose Catherine, so different from my others and she always has so many flowers, you must buy another! I think I should be able to show a fully open orchid spike next Saturday!

  5. Beautiful, beautiful roses! They are the stars of the show here now in the Midwest U.S., too. I have a few, and I love them and all the roses I’m seeing in the wild and in gardens in the area. Happy June!

  6. Chloris says:

    Lovely to see all your roses Pauline, aren’t they a joy at the moment? And your orchid is very special.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Chloris, the roses are very special at the moment and the perfume is wonderful as I wander round the garden.The orchid is keeping me interested for a long time, ever since the spotted leaves first appeared.

  7. Pauline, you always have such beautiful flowers but these roses are just amazing. The orchid is exciting.

  8. Cathy says:

    The only one of these I have is Gertrude Jekyll, Pauline, but I love the look of A Shropshire Lad, and his fragrance sounds lovely! LIke me, you must get so much pleasure from your roses

    • Pauline says:

      Shropshire Lad is a fantastic rose Cathy, I think it wants to be a climber but I keep it pruned as a shrub. I do love the roses that I have with their lovely perfume, the geraniums planted underneath make for a lot of flowers all blending nicely.

  9. Denise says:

    I recall you mentioning germaniums for ground cover around the roses. A very useful tip and I have started to do the same! All your roses are beautiful Pauline.

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