It was good to be back in the garden after the Half Term break. The plants seem to have gone mad with so much growth after all the heavy rain and periods of hot sunshine we’ve had.
We talked about future plans for the garden and Bridge revealed that the purple-leaved plum tree in the Top Garden Garden is to be removed and a line of Silver Birch trees put in its place – all very exciting.
As the roses are looking so beautiful at the moment, we looked at some of them in more detail. We have around 64 different varieties growing in the garden and we’re rather proud of them. After our discussion, we had a vote to see whether there is a clear favourite.
This is a climbing hybrid Tea rose with glossy dark green leaves and coppery-pink fragrant flowers. It has lovely dark red stems which are quite stiff as opposed to bendy. As the stems can snap fairly easily, is more suited to growing up a wall or trellis as opposed to an arch.
Rosa ‘Francis E. Lester’
This vigorous rambler looks great growing over arches. It has quite a simple flower and as is the habit of most ramblers, it doesn’t repeat flower. It produces lovely little orange hips in the autumn.
This beautiful rose can be grown as a short climber or large shrub. It will repeat flower and has a lovely light fragrance.
Rosa Harlow Carr
This old fashioned-style bushy shrub rose has very fragrant double pink blooms. It flowers well from summer to autumn and has been proven to be particularly disease-resistant.
Rosa Gertrude Gekyll
This is an upright small shrub rose with lovely double pink flowers which are very scented. It flowers prolifically from summer to autumn.
Rosa James Galway
Another very scented pink rose with rosette-shaped flowers with densely-packed petals. This rose is almost thornless and does well in shade.
Rosa ‘William Lobb’
This medium-sized shrub rose has magenta, almost purple blooms through midsummer. The buds and arching stems are covered in an almost moss-like growth and its habit is very open.
Rosa ‘Chevy Chase’
This rambler is ideal grown against a house, pergola or trellis and flowers through until autumn with highly-scented blooms.
This vigorous rambler blooms during midsummer on attractive thorny red stems with dark glossy leaves. Its flowers are a salmon-pink colour and the scent is captivating.
Rosa x odorata ‘Mutabilis’
This is a small open shrub rose with almost thornless stems. The single flowers start off as a soft yellow and then turn to pink and crimson. Again, the stems of this pretty rose are almost thornless.
I have to say that there was no stand out winner in our pole as opinions were divided. Which is your favourite?
Jobs this week:
- Tidying up the veg patch and planting beans.
- Sorting out the compost heap and implementing a red/amber/green system to the order of each bin. This is to make it easier to know which bin to throw fresh waste into and which bin ‘mature’ compost should be taken from.
- Revamping ‘Little Dixter’ by planting Gladioli ‘Muriale’ in pots and adding to the display. These will bring beautiful interest and scent in late summer.
- Tying in the Clematis after the strong winds last week.
- Adding to the Exotic Bed by planting Gladioli, Crocosmia and Cannas. The area was then protected from slugs and snails by spreading Strulch.
- Planting Ammis and Orlayas into the Garden Room bed.
- Clearing weed and debris off the pond.
- Pricking out and tying up tomato plants in the greenhouse. Also in the green house, Streptocarpus were brought out and placed where they would be protected by the shade of a shelf.
- Potting on Zinnia, Cosmos and Cleome in readiness for planting in Lil’s Bed. These will replace the Lychnis which will be taken out in a couple of weeks.
Lots of cake and homegrown strawberries were our reward today…..