The garden is in full flow now even though this year I haven’t had as much time to devote to it. It seems to be happily doing it’s thing anyway and in June this means roses. I suppose I am happily reaping the rewards of previous years’ planting.
In fact the new roses I added this year haven’t flowered yet so I will have to wait for later in the summer or future years for the fruits of my labour.
I am joining in with The Propagator and his troupe of horticultural devotees to show six things in our gardens this weekend.
1. Tess of the d’Urbevilles
This magnificent crimson rose named after Thomas Harry’s tragic heroine grows happily by our front door, seen here with white valerian.
2. Lady of Shalott
Regular followers of SOS will know that this is one of my very favourite roses which I grow with Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ for maximum orange!
3. Gertrude Jekyll
This is widely acknowledged to be one of the very best shrub roses and like the previous two is a David Austin rose. As well as the pretty pink colour it has a divine scent and is repeat flowering.
4. Lady Emma Hamilton
Another orange rose but one with subtle differences named after Lord Nelson’s mistress. The flower is a little more compact than Lady of Shalott, the colours richer.
I’m not sure of the name of this big buttercup which has taken over a border. I know I need to take it out but it looks so pretty with the blue geraniums and Astrantia that I am leaving it a little longer.
Finally here is the trough of pinks I planted last summer which made it through the winter unscathed and have flowered again in a profusion of prettiness.