Dear old Flanders and Swann. Their weather forecasting is sadly proving to be more and more appropriate. “June just rains and never stops. Thirty days and spoils the crops.” As optimistic gardeners, we can only respond with the age-old adage: “We need the rain. The gardens will be glad of it.”
The Garden Room provides a cosy shelter as we wait for a gap in the showers…. everyone is keen to stay indoors.
Well, I’m certainly not going out in that, thank you very much. Indoors for me.
Purrrfect. Lovely and dry
Even the pots are taking shelter
Well, it would be potty not to
So, on with the Plant Ident. And given the huge numbers of roses at Garden House, this week we looked at more of them.
An extravagance of roses
Rosa ‘Chevy Chase’
This multiflora rambling rose is fragrant, vigorous and produces small, crimson, double roses in great profusion. Flowers from early summer to autumn. Holds its colour in full sun, but also able to contend with being planted in woodland. (4.5m x 3m). A big favourite with Bridge. Get one.
Rosa ‘Pompon de Paris’
Oh, là là! The name alone conjures up images of Gay Paree; a laugh, a song, a tiddly om pom pom. A small, early-flowering climber. Very pretty. Lovely delicate leaves, which are described as “fern-like”, offset beautiful, bright pink blooms. (3.6m x 1.8m).
Rosa ‘Leah Tutu’
Bred by Peter Beales Roses as a tribute to the wife of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this is a repeat-flowering modern shrub rose. Fragrant, golden-yellow, with glossy, dark green foliage.
This species rose (wild rose) is sometimes known as ‘Rosa rubrifolia’. The simple but elegant single flowers are carried on arching stems. The foliage is glaucous in colour. Lovely red hips appear later on, in the autumn. (2m x 1.5m approx.)
Rosa ‘James Galway’
A short English climbing rose, bred by David Austin Roses. The large, beautiful, pink double flowers become lighter towards the edges and have an Old Rose scent. Easy, disease resistant and an excellent repeat bloomer. Can be grown as a large shrub. (3.75m x 1.2m)
Rosa ‘Francis E. Lester’
This delightful climber is from the Moschata family of roses. The numerous single white flowers, with bright golden anthers, are washed pink at the edges of the petals. Highly scented. Has glossy green foliage. Small, decorative orange-red hips in the autumn. (4.5m x 3m). Gorgeous.
Rosa ‘Alan Titchmarsh’
Another David Austin rose, named for the well-known horticulturalist, writer and broadcaster. An English shrub rose with large, deep pink, fragrant blooms held on slightly arching stems. Tough and healthy with good disease resistance. (1.2m x 1.2m)
Rosa ‘William Lobb’
A Centifolia Moss rose – ‘Old Velvet Moss’. A vigorous shrub, which needs support. Can be trained into a sort of spider shape by pulling down its branches and staking them. This encourages flowering along the horizontals. The buds have the appearance of being covered in moss, and open to reveal large, double, purple-magenta blooms. Deliciously fragrant, but a somewhat thorny customer!
This superb Climbing Hybrid Tea rose was Geoff Hamilton’s favourite. Best grown up a wall rather than on an arch, as it has a rather stiff, upright habit and its stems can snap when being trained. Vigorous, healthy and with a strong, sweet fragrance, the flowers are pink/coral pink in colour. Repeat flowering; disease resistant. A good ‘un.
Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’
This rambler bears sprays of small, semi-double apricot/pink flowers flushed with yellow at the centre. Unusually for a rambler, it’s repeat-flowering. Fragrant. (3.6m x 1.8m)
Rosa ‘Ghislaine de Féligonde’
A Musk Rambler, and another one that repeat flowers. Very attractive, with glossy, green foliage – and few thorns! Profuse clusters of flowers which fade from apricot-pink to cream. Can be grown successfully over an arch – as at Garden House. Bridge loves this one. (2.4m x 2.4m)
And here she is, the lovely Ghislaine, having a rollicking time of it out in the garden. Breathtakingly beautiful.
Our favourites? Well, we loved R.’Chevy Chase’ and R. ‘Francis E. Lester’ and also the wildness of Rosa glauca. But ask us again next week, and we’ll probably have three different answers.
Jobs for the week:
In theory, despite the rain, we are going to ….
Plant and stake dahlias
Feed the roses
With Uncle Tom’s Tonic – and check that each rose has the correct label. (There are around 70 different types of rose in the garden now, so good luck!)
Water and feed our summer display pots
Remove the alliums
…from the bed next to the greenhouse, as they have now finished flowering. Do this carefully, ensuring their stems and seed heads are kept intact. Add compost to the bed. Plant Nicotiana, Amaranthus and Hordeum jubatum.
Prick out foxgloves and black violas
Sow more foxglove seeds and other biennials
Deadhead all euphorbias
…being careful of the milky white sap. It’s highly toxic and an irritant to skin and eyes.
In fact, what actually happened was this…..
In reality we were out and about in wetsuits, snorkels and flippers
The fruits of their labour
But we’ll have to wait until next year to appreciate them in all their glory
In the meantime, pop the seedlings into the greenhouse on regulo 2
Meanwhile, somewhere else in the garden…..
Now, these must all be the same length
Don’t worry. It’s simple
As easy as the C major scale on the piano
Around about there?
Crikey! Watch out for my fingers…
Oh, sorry. Do you play the piano?
It’s OK. Someone’s keeping an eye on things
So, another good day, in spite of the rain
In fact, maybe because of it