Good Morning. I hope you had a nice Mother’s Day. We social distanced with our son and daughter-in-law, in their new recently completed backyard. I will do a post on that soon. They had planned a surprise visit from “little summer” but she didn’t feel well so they were unable to come. That was extremely disappointing but, my daughter in law and son are amazing cooks so we had a wonderful day. At any rate, today Elizabeth aka the Contessa and I are sharing our gardens. This time of year the roses and wisteria are the stars in my garden so let’s take a look at My Rose Garden-What is Blooming Right Now.
Let’s enter from the driveway through this gate. The rose to the right of the gate is a mystery rose. Those of you that are gardeners probably remember in the old days if you bought x number of roses, they would send you a free one. Usually, they were awful and went straight to the trash, but this one was a winner. If anyone knows what it is please share. I recently planted the “Pretty in Pink” Eden on the left, but it was bare-root and is not yet blooming. The border plantings are nepeta fassenii, a favorite of mine.
The rose garden is anchored with Iceberg Standards in each corner. This picture was taken a couple of years ago. The wisteria on the balcony and eves died back last year. It came back but won’t look like this until next year.
To the left of the gate is butterfly bush that is not yet blooming. On the right is the magnificent easy care romantic rose Eden. If you don’t have it in your garden you should.
On the opposite side of this walk is a work in progress. Iceberg roses in the foreground, underplanted with nepeta. Russian sage, not yet blooming, the David Austin Rose Olivia Rose (barely blooming), mystery rose (anyone know what it is?) and butterfly bush in the background.
When you walk down the walkway to the left is this fountain with trellis. This is the backside of our outdoor fireplace. On the left of the fountain is the David Austin Molieneux rose, one of my favorites. The arbor on the right was dripping with blooms this year, but the left barely bloomed. It also died back a couple of years ago and came back. We will see what it does next year. The rose in the foreground is the David Austin Golden Celebration, another proven winner and favorite. I do not spray any of my roses, and I follow a totally organic program now.
Here is a closeup of the Wisteria. Isn’t it interesting how it photographs so differently depending on the time of the day. I try to take all of my photos
during the “golden hour” but it doesn’t always work out.
Here is the view of the rose garden about a month ago taken from the other side of this opening (the pool area).
Here is a closeup of the Molineux rose on the left side of the fountain.
The blooms are near perfection in my mind.
If you look straight ahead coming from the gate this is the view. On the fence, the antique rose Gloire de dijon. This rose is gorgeous in the Spring and blooms intermittently throughout the summer. She does get a bit of rust, but I don’t spray her I just deal with it. The rose in front is David Austin’s The Prince. This is the one rose in my garden I treated to dig up and pitch every year. It, however, has the most magnificent burgundy red velvet color that is very rare in the rose world. I am on a mission to treat him with extra care (ie water and fertilizer) to see if he will thrive.
This is a bouquet of the Prince. See what I mean about the color?
Here is the beautiful Golden Celebration Rose. That pepper tree grew from a seed and my husband to my chagrin let it grow. It is beautiful but I have sense had to do some replanting to accommodate the shade. I will post more on that area as it matures.
Closeup of Golden Celebration. The colors of the molineux and golden celebration are very similar. The blooms of golden celebration tend to be a bit larger and blousier.
This is the view looking off from the fireplace fountain area onto the garage. The fountain is underplanted with daylilies and teucrium not yet blooming. In the foreground are Iceberg standards (the only modern roses in my garden), underplanted with nepeta.
Many of you have asked about how I care for my roses. My roses are on drip as is our entire garden. I fertilize them with alfalfa pellets at the beginning of the season (one coffee can per rose). Throughout the growing season, I fertilize them once a month with milorganite. I water them thoroughly and dig the fertilizer in. If a rose is in distress I give it a drink of fish fertilizer. I used to follow a more complicated program, but have found this simpler and it works just fine. I have linked all products below. I hope you enjoyed the tour of My Rose Garden-What is Blooming Right Now. What’s blooming in your garden? Do you have any favorite roses?
I will do another post later as other areas bloom. In the meantime, pop over to see Elizbeth, The Vintage Contessa. I can’t wait to see her beautiful garden.
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