|"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June." - L. M. Montgomery||23:58|
I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June - a quote from Lucy Maud Montgomery who wrote Anne of Green Gables, and I think my heaven would be eternal June, smelling the roses with my mum.
Rose of the week in my garden must be Souvenir du Docteur Jamain a climbing hybrid perpetual bred by Lacharme in 1865, parentage Charles Lefebvre x unknown. The roses are a delicious velvety plummy claret(best colour rose for a West Ham fan!), much darker than the photos suggest, and the scent is gorgeous. I moved it last year to an open position over an arch in full sun which should not be the best position for a dark red rose, but it is doing beautifully and climbing upwards with speed. You can just see it climbing up the arch in front of my summerhouse in the first photo.
This photo on the left shows the colour better, it really is a dark rose.
Another lovely rose, although not open yet, is Common Pink Moss with her amazing mossy buds growing fatter by the day.
Old Pink Moss is a sport of Centifolia and has been around for at least 300 years. The moss is quite brown in colour and when rubbed smells of balsam. The scent of this moss rose is the same as the orignal rosa Centifolia. Daughter Kate took some amazing close ups of the garden this week for me.
close up of Constance Spry bud
One of Max, our German Shepherds, tennis balls lying in the grass - which reminds me, Andy Murray is defending his Queens Title this week and is also playing doubles with his brother Jamie, so good luck boys!
Another lovely Oriental poppy in bloom this week is Pattys Plum, a shade which is difficult to describe, a sort of washed out grey/plum, the blooms look like wrinkled tissue paper. It has grown rather tall this year and I may have to move it back slightly for next year. I have grown a lot of Patty seedlings from last year and it will be interesting to see what colour flowers the seedlings turn out to be.
Another lovely poppy in bloom this week is Coral Reef below. I do love my Oriental Poppies, especially as the snails dont! They have been devastating my favourite annual poppy Swansdown, and other forms of annual poppies-they obviously dont like the hairy leaves of the orientals
In bloom this week in my garden, Roses Constance Spry, Mme Gregoire Stachelin,Reine des Violettes, Masquerade, Goldfinch,Iceberg,Excelsior,Fantin Latour, Rose de Rescht,Souvenir du Docteur Jamain,Zephrine Drouhin,The New Dawn,Queen Elizabeth,Gertrude Jekyll,Arthur Bell,Desprez au Fleur Jaune,Pink Perpete,Rosa Rugosa White.Blue moon,
Other flowers, various oriental poppies, hesperis matronalis, jacobs ladder, various geraniums including my favourite Ann folkard, love in a most,osteospermums,aqueligas,calendular,wisteria,clematis,oxalis,helanthiums,convolvulus,alliums,bleeding heart,peonies,foxgloves,feverfew,rosemary,french lavender,californian poppies.
June also means Wimbledon, good luck again to both the Murray boys. Hmmm, eternal June, yes my heaven!
Well today is the 2nd of June and it is a beautiful day here in southern England. Yesterday wasnt so good, rain the whole day long, but the garden needed it(but not the slugs and snails it bought out!)Snails have left alone my lettuce and devastated instead my lovely poppy somniferum Swansdown which I loved so much in the garden last year. The snow and cold earlier in the year killed off the self sown seedlings which would have been blooming now,and snails have just adored their succulent leaves and have eaten the one patch that I wanted to be blooming soon behind my roses Madame Hardy,Heritage and Fantin Latour. But obviously the snails know this and so have eaten them all, and their replacements I put in pots covered with gravel....Amazingly 15 feet away they have left all the sowings, so I have potted on some of these, put in the greenhouse and will plant out when large enough not to be eaten! I dont use chemicals in my garden, and water in the morning rather than at night, and the snails seem worse this year than ever before. I am going to try a few remedies I have found on the internet - human hair and dry porridge oats and as snails dont like copper, I thought about putting all my spare pennies and 2p around the poppies and see if this will work!
The garden is beginning to come alive and blooming the week beginning 1st of June 2010 are:-
Roses Constance Spry,Desprez a Fleur Jaune,several Iceberg,The New Dawn,Pink Perpete,Zephrine Drouhin,Reine des Violettes,Gertrude Jekyll,Madame Gregoire Stachelin, with lots more roses about to burst into bloom.
lychnis alpina, iberis
various aquilegias,white,mauve and yellow flag iris
euphorbia,honesty,geranium phaeum,pink geranium macrorrhizum,geranium Johnsons blue, geranium wargrave pink, centaura montana, bleeding hearts, calendular,bluebells,lily of the valley,various clematis, veronica gentianodes, french lavender,feverfew,cerastium tomentosum(snow in summer),polemonium caeruleum(jacobs ladder) Hesperis matronalis (sweet rocket)
pink and white oxalis rosemary,black viola,violets, various allium, foxgloves,love in a mist,
shrubs and climbers various clematis, wisteria ,kerria,viburnum tinus, and fremontedendrom
the lovely Desprez a Fleur Jaune en masse
details of this lovely climbing tea noisette here
and close up
the glorious Constance Spry bred by David Austin in 1961, and although only once flowering,the blooms last a long time and spread over several weeks, which I grow as a climber behind a Jack and Jill bench, where the scent is just heavenly.
The beautifully old rose scent of another David Austin rose bred in 1986 Gertrude Jekyll, which is growing over an arch leading from the path onto the lawn, the arch is at an alarming angle under the weight of Gertrude at the moment, and I just hate cutting her back!
A wooden arch will definitely have to be built before next summer (arch is to the right of Max my German Shepherd) Here he is trying to catch bees on the Phlomis Fruticos, Jerusalem Sage. The Phlomis Italica I bought a couple of weeks ago from Steve Law of Brighton Plants has flower buds appearing and I just cant wait to see the lovely pink blooms (a plant which I have wanted for ages and ages!)
Zephrine Drouhin, a Bourbon climber bred in 1868 by Bizot climbs over another arch.It is a thornless rose and I have moved her so many times over the years, at last she has found a place she loves and is doing very well this year.
the very beautiful Madame Gregoire Stachelin blooms are still dripping from the Potager Pergola along with the last of the wisteria for this year. It was purely accidental I placed these together and they are a lovely sight at this time of the year, and the scent as I walk through the pergola on the way to the greenhouse is heavenly! Although she also only blooms once, each individual rose lasts a long time and there are still lots of buds to come.
Daughter Kates lovely boyfriend Luke took some lovely photos of the garden and pets last week = he has made Max look very noble. All photos below and the header one of Max are Lukes work. Thank you Luke!