Tuesday, 12 June 2018

My garden roses


This is Teasing Georgia.


Litchfield  Cathedral, with insects settling down for the night!


A baby of my rambler rose given by a neighbour (and then "spawned" from a cutting back and abandoned heap of foliage during a wet summer).  This one comes from the gardens at Gelli Aur (now owned by the Council) and so I call it the Gelli Aur rambler, though I think it is a white Rosa Banksia normalis.



I think this is a rambler with a French name - forgotten in the mists of time.  It just flowers the once and has a beautiful delicate perfume.


L D Braithwaite I think.


Roserie de l'Hay, who is always the first to bloom.


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My Albertine climber - one bloom past her best.  I'll take a photo of it against the wall now, looking pretty.



Cardinal de Richelieu in his royal purple.



The lovely Tess of the D'Urbervbilles.



I think this is Graham Thomas.



No mistaking the Belle of the June Ball - Paul's Himalayan Musk.



Zepherine Drouin, happy now she has a display pillar to climb up.

Raubritter, Vielchenblau and Pink Perpetue are now coming into flower, along with Tuscany Superb.


Right, you've had all that's left in my brain for this evening, as I've been awake since 3 a.m.  I watched Sunday's new Poldark programme, and sewed up ends on Tam's quilt.  Went back to bed, but couldn't sleep, and came down and gardened in the cool of the early morning, hair covered, mask on, pollen balm round my nose beneath it, and caught up on some weeding, then watered round.

We thought we were manning the Shop today (where we have our Unit) and loaded up a fresh change of stock.  Got there, and found we had the wrong day!  How typical is that?  Anyway, we had our change-around anyway and it has had a refreshing makeover.  

This afternoon I polished some copper jugs I bought back, and some pretty spoons which are going out on sale again, and we visited our smallholding neighbour with the donkeys and took her the well-grown purple cauliflower seedlings I had spare (her hens have been destroying her veg patch) and she gave us eggs and Rhubarb in return, so I've just stewed up the latter with a pack of crystalised ginger strips and that will go in the freezer when it's cool.

Now my bath is calling me.

22 comments:

  1. Such a variety of colour and shapes! Very beautiful!

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  2. I 'love' your roses!!! So many wonderful ones.

    FlowerLady

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    1. They are stunning Lorraine, and give me so much pleasure.

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  3. Such beautiful roses.
    Your header photo is lovely.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. The header photo is of Tretower Castle and Court in the Usk Valley between Bwlch and Crickhowell. One of our favourite places to go, especially in summer.

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    1. I find new ones hard to resist Jill!

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  5. Gardening in the cool of the morning ... bliss! But sorry you're having such a rough time with the pollen. Beautiful roses! My Albertine is only just coming into flower - late this year & as your reply suggested yesterday, I wonder of she's short of water? I have Tess of the d'Urbervilles too! x

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    1. Pollen - a necessary evil but I DO wish my body wouldn't react so! My Albertine is looking the best it has done for years - likes the sun and sulks with the rain. Enjoy your Tess. I would like a Tess climber when we move.

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  6. Beautiful roses and the colours are stunning.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Jackie - glad you enjoy them too.

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  7. Gorgeous roses, I have quite a large rose garden, I just love them and have tried to focus on ones that are scented. When I walk down my garden path the scent is wonderful.

    Are they midges on some of them?

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  8. Yes, I think it was midgey bed-time! I did start to shake them off as they made the roses look like they had the Pox!! I have had a rush of blood to the head today and decided to turn my stone garden into one with Roses In! I have put the David Austin roses, still in tubs, about the plot, having hacked back the spent Aquilegias and Welsh Poppies, so I can see what looks good where. Watch this space.

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  9. You have quite a rose display.

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    1. Thank you hart. I am sure there will be more added before we go too . . .

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  10. What an amazing collection! All so beautiful. You surely must work hard at caring so well for them. I also love your header picture.

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    1. Glad you like the header. It is a breathtaking view along that valley. My mum loved roses and I think it passed on to me. I do the bare minimum - feed them, water them, gentle pruning and dead heading, and any black spot zapped.

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  11. You have such a wonderful selection of roses - the photos are lovely. I wish we had more here but only have a few dog roses.

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    1. Dog roses are beautiful - I love their arching habitat. I couldn't have a garden without roses all summer.

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  12. Roses, roses and more roses, beautiful. David Austin and Peter Beale? have done good service for their country.

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    1. Indeed they have Thelma. I get the DA catalogue each year and put crosses against the ones I would like to add to my collection!

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