|"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!