The ‘moderate’ breezes of the last few days have scattered rose petals across the garden. There is dead heading to be done and a little extra support to be put in here and there but the fragrance of a good scented rose more than makes up for that. This week is all about the roses in my garden.
I am fortunate to have a walled boundary for about half the length of the narrow border and two ‘Blush Noisette’ climbing roses are beginning to cover a good part of it. The flowers come in clusters and it is not my favourite to dead head. The pink flowers fade away to a vintage white but there are always new clusters coming through.
The long border is in shade for parts of the day and so I chose ‘Wisley’ for it’s ability to survive on four to five hours of sun a day. It is really in its stride this year. When the growing notes say ‘elegantly arching stems’ be prepared to put supports in place. It was one of the first roses to be planted about four years ago and is comfortable at its expected height of four to five foot.
The ‘Wisley’ roses flank either side of two ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ roses. The middle of the long border has a sunnier aspect and the punchy pink of Gertie is a great centre point. Gertie also smells divine. It grows to a more compact shape than ‘Wisley’ coming in at a height of three foot. I love it with the lime green of the euphorbias and the white alliums.
Down along the hedge border I planted three ‘Darcy Bussell’. This is a truly sumpious red and also beautifully scented. These roses are strong enough in colour to shine through the morning shade. Later in the year salvia ‘Amistad’ will provide a dark purple backdrop.
Just a little along from Darcy grows ‘Jacqueline du Pré’. I’m pushing my luck a bit here as the planting guidance recommends full sun and this end of the border is in shade until early afternoon. Last year I was beginning to take pity on Jaqueline and was considering trying to move her but this year she has flowered well.
Going back to the narrow border the centre space has been given to ‘Scepter’d Isle’. I do enjoy the shape of the flowers on this rose. This is another rose that I use supports for, mainly to keep it from spilling out onto the path. It does have good strong stems and is now at around four foot high.
These roses were the among the first plants to be added to the garden in the winter of 2016. They’ve come along way and I’m so pleased to be enjoying them now. Challenging times ahead for us gardeners though – drying winds, more sunshine and no rain forecast for my part of the country. I’ve got to keep on my toes to keep the roses happy.
Mr P has a colourful six this week and if that is not enough there will be plenty more gardens to take a tour round if you take a browse among the links. Happy gardening.