It’s nice to be back. I had a lovely time in State College–with exception to the actual travel bits which was a nightmare–visiting with family and eating lots of farm fresh Pennsylvania ice cream. I did drive by the old garden the first night I arrived. It was dusk, and it was quick. My first thought was holy moly look how big the ‘Common Moss’ rose has gotten! We’re talking maybe 7’x3.5′? Yes, all those rare and unique roses in the front, along with the lilacs, were removed which was sad to see, although expected. Someone else is living there now so I didn’t stop for cuttings.
At home, in our new garden, the Mister looked after everything wonderfully, making sure the cuttings and container plants didn’t dry out. He would send me photos of the garden including this one which I love: a wheel bug eating a Japanese Beetle on a ‘Dainty Bess’ bloom. That’s beneficials at work, people. Go wheel bug, go!
Sombreuil on my potting bench. Still looking for the perfect home in our garden for this gorgeous rose.
Roses from the garden
The first cup of coffee in the morning….
Lichfield Angel in a container
Since it’s been a few weeks, I’m loading up this post with some photos of the roses that have been in bloom recently. Unfortunately, we’ve been having such a heat wave here in WNC, many of the David Austin roses are having a rough go. I took that photo at the tippity top of this post just this morning and as you can see in the collage, the Sister Elizabeth and PAofK, in particular, are tiny and faded.
Zaide only just finished blooming and is resting up for a late summer/autumn show
Lichfield Angel grown on her own roots. Some blackspot on this rose.
Boscobel. A tiny bloom before the heat wave.
This Clematis is knocking my socks off. I think it’s Crystal Fountain.
I wish I had gotten that collage of roses about a week ago when so many more were in bloom like Munstead Wood, Basye’s Purple, Lichfield Angel, Dark Desire and more. (Follow me on IG if you’d like to see these blooms in real time!)
Ghislaine de Féligonde still blooming from the first flush…
…Mme Ernest Calvat already on her second!
Chocolate cosmos smells just like a tootsie roll. Have you tried it?
St Swithun on second round of blooms. Not nearly as dramatic as the spring flush but still pretty!
Lady of Shalott (finally) blooming. Growing as own-root this time and won’t do that again. Not nearly as robust as before.
Hot Cocoa. Starts out deep brownish red and fades to pinkish red. So pretty.
Princess Alexandra of Kent did much better for me when I had her in containers. Still a pretty rose but she’s struggling. I am considering lifting and potting up.
Distant Drums. Another rose with a lot of color changes as the blooms mature.
I’m having such a nice time being outdoors compared to this time last year. It feels more like a garden now, even though we’ve barely scratched the surface on what we’d like to do with it. Annuals are blooming, shrubs are growing larger, beds are filling in. Best of all are the visitors: tons more bees, butterflies, and so many birds. Doves are sitting on a nest in a tree right next to our café table! We also had some tree frogs staying with us, and even laying eggs in our fountain, for a few weeks. For me, I think the best part about creating a garden is the sanctuary it provides for wildlife so I’m really tickled to see all the activity out there.
Here’s one of those grey tree frogs hanging out in our fig tree…
…and another who spent his days in the flower pots for a while.
I think this shade of coral-pink Calibrachoa is my favorite. Excited that there are finally seeds available for this annual. (Used to be they could only be propagated by cuttings.)
More Mme Calvat…
Dark Desire. A rose right out of a fairytale!
Munstead Wood really hasn’t taken a break. Still blooming.
Distant Drums again
And another Mme Calvat. Sorry!
I have some exciting news to share, well, for me anyways: Myself and a couple of other members of our local rose society are now officially Consulting Rosarians. Hooray! Yesterday, fresh on the job, I gave my talk on propagating roses. I’m hoping it inspires more people to try their hand at it as it’s loads of fun and highly addictive. 😉
Hot Cocoa after the rain
Etoile de Lyon
Love these Potomac Appleblossom Snaps from Johnny’s Seeds, but I think I’m going to go back to the Chantilly snaps for next year as they’re easier for the bees to get into.
That’s exactly why bees love Ghislaine since the pollen is so readily available!
I hope you all are having a enjoyable summer. What’s new in your garden?