June 14th, 2008

Paul Neyron rose 2

rose show

This past week: nasturtiums blooming, pink miniature rose blooming.  'Golden Unicorn', 'Morning Has Broken' and 'Robert Clemens' roses blooming.  'Maiden's Blush', 'Ispahan', Rosa Mundi, Apothecary's Rose still blooming.  'Mme. Plantier' going by.  Need to prune the Albas -- and put up some sturdy trellises for them.  Some are eight or ten feet high, with the older branches close to an inch in diameter.  Glad I got pictures of the Jacobite rose this year -- that's the white one in my pictures here. 

Today: Rose Show at Longwood Gardens.  Made it there, saw all the entries.  At home: put more potting soil around 'Duchesse d'Angouleme', watered it, 'Madame Hardy' and the blue flag iris.  Iris was growing into the ground near the drainpipe -- where I'm planning to plant it anyway.  Really enjoyed the blooms on that.  Dozens of flowers on the orris in the "crocus garden" this year.  The fuchia (pink-and-white one) is now where the crocuses were.  May put the fuchia and a smaller rose as hanging baskets, and put impatiens in the "crocus garden".  Some of the white roses are in hanging basket pots -- they would go well with the fuchia.  Waiting to see if Rosa rugosa 'Alba' blooms this year -- planted it with lavender johnny-jump-ups.  They did well.  Glad I got all the pansies planted this year -- they really cheered the place up in early spring.  Also glad I got another lilac -- it and the mahonia are doing well.  Foliage from saffron crocuses around 'Mme. Isaac Pereire' has faded.  Balsam seedlings around 'Mme. Ernst Calvat' doing pretty well.  May transplant some of those.  Mistflower foliage up by 'Mme. Zoetmans'.  Caladium up in the blue and white pot with the begonias.  Pink in the leaf matches the pink of the begonia flowers.  Lots of foliage still from pink lily-of-the-valley -- it is spreading nicely.  Lady ferns and Japanese painted fern doing well in the shade garden.  Perennial forget-me-not did well there this year, although wild raspberries and poison ivy are trying to take over now.  Not sure what happened to the astilbes.  Field poppies and Shirley poppies have foliage up -- haven't noticed any bloom yet.  Will see which poppies are which when they bloom -- planted several different types.  Dill doing well.  Bee balm and apple mint fully leafed out.  Bee balm should be blooming by Fourth of July.  Although Old Garden Roses are going by, there's still a fair amount of colorful flower and foliage scattered around the yard.  The shrub roses will continue blooming, and the Bourbon roses should re-bloom.  The Buck roses are doing particularly well -- disease-resistant, had no winter die-back when planted in smallish pots in Zone 6, growing really nicely now.  I'm very pleased with them and the other shrub roses.