Altogether there is a baker’s dozen of roses in the back garden. Most of them are positioned amongst other plants as I prefer that to putting them in special rose beds with almost bare soli around them. The latter is probably good gardening practice and no doubt better in terms of rose health, but mine have to suffer the consequences of a jumbled, crowded existence.
This spring the roses are blooming to perfection. I managed to feed them at the right time during (copious) rain and I’m sure the feed was washed down straight away to exactly where it was needed.
I am again joining the Six on Saturday crowd, now hosted by our new commander in chief, Jim at Garden Ruminations. Do pop over to his blog here, to see what other gardeners are doing as well.
One: This is Rosa ’Perfect Harmony’, the most recent addition. A froth of tutus rivalling the corps de ballet.
Two: Rosa ’Hot Chocolate’, a warming glow on a cool spring morning.
Three: ’Julia’s Rose’, delicious crème caramel.
Four: Continuing with the sugary theme, Rosa Sweet Spot ’Calypso’. There are two of these in matching pots which have had the bottoms removed, so I’m sure the roots are well down in the soil. These flowers begin as a dark red and fade to a custard colour as they age.
Five: These have featured in previous springs, but here they are again, enjoying an unusually clear and sunny morning: ’Crepuscule’ and ’Pierre de Ronsard’.
Six: Not a rose, but certainly pink. This is Aseroe rubra, also known as anemone stinkhorn, sea anemone fungus or starfish fungus. It’s quite common apparently, but I have never seen one before. It is found in woodchips so it must have arrived in the garden some time ago when we brought in some mulch.
Those are my six for this week. I hope none of you noticed that I sneaked in an extra one. We had more rain during the week and strong wind which knocked a branch off the little persimmon tree and flattened some irises. It was cold enough for us to have the wood fire going for two days.
What do you do with your roses? Do you have them in a special rose garden or are you like me and squeeze them in anywhere?
Weather today: Gorgeous sunshine. 9 – 22 degrees C. Happy gardening everyone.