Usually looking at flowers involves looking down or even bending over to examine our treasures, but lately I have doing the opposite, looking high up into the tops of trees. First of all, up the dead oak in the middle of the garden, is Rosa mulliganii.
Rosa mulliganii photographed from under the pergola.
The rose is flowering three weeks earlier than previous years when it usually flowers in the first week of July. This rose flowers just once, for about a month and is said to have a perfume that is similar to bananas or pineapple, not that I can climb up to find out!
When in full flower, it is an amazing sight. I wish it flowered for longer, but we just have to enjoy it for the month that it does flower. I think we are going to have to try and do some tidying of the dead stems, I’m not sure how we will do that, suggestions welcome as long as it doesn’t entail me going up a ladder!
In the back garden, climbing up a huge Ash is Rosa Wedding Day, planted quite a few years ago to mark our daughter’s wedding. More flowers come each year but it has a way to go before it matches R. mulligani.
This rose climbed the tree for a good 5 or 6 years before it showed any flowers, I thought it had died as we didn’t see any flowers, what a lovely surprise I got when suddenly I saw some flowers high up in the branches.
Again, this rose only flowers once, I don’t know about any perfume and no, I’m not climbing up to have a sniff! Once the flowering branches start cascading out of the tree, it will be easier to see the flowers. At the moment you only notice them if you know they are there, but when I see them I am transported back to the wedding of our lovely daughter and son in law.