The summer mantra. Water, weed, feed. Water, weed, feed. Repeat.
The garden is starting to glow….
It’s still June – so, obviously there are more roses to identify. We’re pretty much drunk on roses by this stage….
Rosa ‘Red Letter Day’
A really good shrub rose from Peter Beales. It bears double blooms of deep red (could it be the colour of a post van delivering the red letter?) Healthy. Reliable. 1.2 x 0.9m
Rosa x odorata ‘Mutabilis’
Exquisite. This shrubby China rose has petals like pink taffeta. Long golden stamens set the flowers off to perfection. Glossy foliage. Flowers for months on long, lax, almost thornless stems. Best in full sun. 1.5 x 0.9m
Rosa ‘Gloria Mundi’
Sprays of semi-double scarlet flowers adorn this small Polyantha shrub rose. Repeat-flowering, but no great shakes on the scent front. 0.6 x 0.6 m
Rosa ‘Alberic Barbier’
A Wichurana rambling rose which repeat-flowers. Very disease resistant with lovely glossy, green leaves. At Garden House it greets visitors as they arrive at the front gate, where it romps over the archway.
Its semi-double flowers are creamy-white in colour, with a wash of yellow. A great choice for a rambler – and good on north walls as well as other aspects. And it’s scented. Looks like you’ll have to get one. 4.5 x 3.0m
Rosa ‘Dorothy Perkins’
The last rose to come out at Garden House – this is another Wichurana rambler. Small, double blooms – not much in the way of fragrance, but a spectacular display of pinkness. Can get mildew, but if you cut back hard after flowering and water/feed regularly in growth and flower, then it should be fine. 3 x 2.5m
Rosa ‘Chevy Chase’
A strikingly beautiful multiflora rambling rose bearing large clusters of small, double flowers in the early summer. Vigorous. Flowers profusely over a long period. Deep crimson. Fine on a north wall. Little fragance. 4.5 x 3.0m
A very good, healthy, Modern shrub rose. Repeat flowering and very fragrant. Its large, deep red blooms are fully double. Good in the shade too. 1.2 x 0.9 m
Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’
Award-winning rose, named for the Surrey home of the famous horticulturalist and gardener, Gertrude Jekyll. This is a beautifully fruity-scented English shrub rose, bred by David Austin. The petals are fully double and a deep, rich, velvety crimson. Good disease resistance. Much loved, praised, and purchased. Good as a specimen or in a mixed border. 1.0 x 1.0m
Rosa ‘Graham Stuart Thomas’
Another stunning English shrub rose from the David Austin stable, named for the famous writer, horticulturalist and gardener Graham S. Thomas, who chose the rose himself. Beautiful double, cupped, yellow blooms with a delicate scent. 1.3 x 1.3m
Rosa omeiensis pteracantha
Sounds like a dinosaur. Looks a bit like one too. Terrifying thorns glow red with the sunlight on them – particularly spectacular in the winter. (Not something most roses can boast about.) Delicate fern-like foliage; small, single white flowers. 3.0 x 1.8m
This attractive perennial shrub lives beneath the apple tree in the garden. But why are we talking about it here? – you may well ask. It’s because, (and here comes an Interesting Fact), it’s in the Rosaceae family. Fancy! Bears delicate, white, star-shaped flowers over a long period in the summer and its leaves have good autumn colour. Likes part shade, so would look good in a woodland border. Dies down in the winter months. 1.0 x 0.6m
Jobs for the week:
Prick out and pot on
These are wallflowers – Erysimum, to be completely accurate.
Working in the top garden – improving privacy.
Plant up the new raised beds e.g. veronicastrums. Add compost.
Work on cut-flower bed.
The cutting garden isn’t really doing as well as we’d like. I wonder why?
‘Coming through! Outta my way.’
Ah ha! That would explain it.
Stake plants where necessary.
Adjust the string support system. Cut the flowers so they will come again – especially the sweet peas
Not so much string support – more a sculpture in string. This one won the Mrs Joyful Prize for crocheting.
Work on Little Dixter
….making it even more decorative – if at all possible.
Oh, wow! It is possible!
Pot up more dahlias
Yes. Like these.
Plant new rose and clematis outside the Garden Room
Weed the bed first, adding any non-weedy waste to the compost bin. All good stuff.
Plant tomatoes in a pot.
Stake. Tie in. Pinch out side shoots. Once trusses form, feed every week with a dilute solution of tomato fertiliser. Water every day.
Take a break
Strawberries? What a good idea!
Weed the bed with the lion-head water feature.
Cut back old flowered stems of euphorbias. Plant Nicotiana mutabilis.
Plant salvias in metal pot.
Then home for a shower and a restorative cup of tea