"Tamora" just opening
One for the border, its not a tall grower, is rather prickly but almost always
flowering for a very long season. Not much fragrance, but I just counted
between 50 and 60 buds that'll open in the next few days and that's just on one
bush - I have 2 or 3 bushes of "Tamora", an English rose (Austin).
Tall Bearded Iris
I believe this one is called "Blue Staccato", being a musician this appealed to me
many years ago when we added a heap of the bearded iris to the garden. They
multiplied like wildfire and we ended up lining a big section of the rose garden
with these iris. Unfortunately that means lifting them about every 4 years, which
we failed to do hence not so many of them flower as they did when we first
planted them. This year we have had an over supply of rain which these iris seem
to have relished, and they're now performing the best they have for many years!
I have a pot of these sitting on an outside table in the gazebo, they're from last spring and
have survived the summer-autumn-winter to flower again this spring.
Good value eh! I'm hoping they'll self-seed like they usually do.
I love how the fresh new spring blooms sometimes have an edging in red - its what took
my eye when I decided to add this one to my rose garden. My bush hasn't grown very tall
but I have seen this one growing in Werribee Victoria (Australia) as hedging and what a magnificent
display it put on!
In flower today in a garden alongside the rose garden..
They have been beautiful giving a welcome splash of colour on the dullest of days; all
finished now and some daisies of similar colour have taken over, and a heap of other
daisies in other parts of the garden are displaying various hues.. I love spring!
A very windy day here today, damaging some of the sensitive canes of the newly leafed
roses... not to worry, plenty more on their way!
"Mrs. B. R. Cant"
I've already featured her about a month ago; but the shrub has a lovely
flush of blooms right now, hard not to succumb to another photo, so I hope you
like seeing her from a different angle.
Also known as the "Magnolia Rose" and "Victoria", she is an old tea rose. There is
a climbing sport that is more popular than the shrub rose but I'm quite content
to have mine as a shrub. There is a fragrance - tea or lemon - and not many thorns.
She is one of the first to come into flower, though other roses in my garden
are beginning to open now.
Time of the year for these to flower, ours are in a large black
pot just outside my computer room window, I can see them without
Endymion hispanicus in their hundreds on the floor of the rose garden, along with
Ipheion, or blue stars also in their thousands.. everything blue is in flower right
Mrs. B. R. Cant, another view
This is pretty whichever angle you see it... a lovely old rose from the turn of
the last century (1901) with a pleasing tea fragrance. The shrub is open & tends to sprawl
a bit and any form of support is a help. Mine is near a trellis. I haven't
pruned this rose at all and rarely need to remove any dead wood. Plenty of
blooms throughout a long flowering season in our temperate climate.
Crab Apple in bloom
We have two different Crab Apples growing not far from the rose garden, this one
is right alongside a rose bed and is very complimentary with the first roses
that bloom in the spring.