Monday, June 28, 2010

BABY NEW DAWN

This beautiful and popular climbing rose was just planted this spring and is thriving.  If it performs as I believe it will, next year it should look amazing.  The flowers bloom a beautiful pale pink, turning to white as they age.  Very fragrant and seems to be quite disease resistant, the excessive rain here didn't affect it much where it severely damaged many of my other roses.  I believe it is a once blooming variety, but most of my roses are and I am fine with that.  I can't wait to see what it will look like next year!



Thursday, June 24, 2010

FRILLY FRAGRANT PEONIES

Who doesn't love the scrumptious fragrance and voluptuous appearance of the peony.  Their beautiful delicate petals form large drooping heads filled with an old fashioned fragrance that is unique to them.    They come in a large variety of colors ranging from rich burgundies to luminescent whites.  My favorite personals are the pale pinks.  This color range seems to suite their delicate nature.  Considering the amount of rain we get here in the Northwest in the spring I am always tempted to run out and place an umbrella over each of my beauties because their blooms become so heavy with water that they are unable to keep themselves upright.  
Alas, this has yet to happen and I try to rectify rainy day damage by cutting the drooping flowers and bring them indoors so that I may enjoy their scent and beauty inside as well as out.
If you haven't experienced the joy of the peony, I highly recommend it.  They will take you back in time to an era that has been too easily forgotten.  


GARDEN QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied.  They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before." - Vita Sackville West

Monday, June 14, 2010

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL SO SWEET

I thought I would share some pics of a few of my roses.  I adore the Old Garden Roses.  They are very hardy and smell divine.  The pic of the small very pale yellow rose is actually a rambler named Rambling Rector dated 1910,  that is just one year old, and should grow to about 35 feet and hopefully will cover the arbor entirely with these sweet little flowers.  The  rose with the dark magenta flower is a Moss rose, Mme Dubost dating to 1890 (thousands of evil thorns),  the other one that is just beginning to bloom is a Bourbon named Charles Lawson, 1853. This one has at least a thousand blooms on it and is very difficult to keep upright, especially with the heavy rains we have had this year.  

If you could smell their scent through my blog!






Wednesday, June 9, 2010

GARDEN QUOTE OF THE WEEK

For every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.