Portulacas flowering in our summer.
The only annuals we grow are either Violas or Portulacas... and its time for
these happy flowers to do their stuff!
Cream & Gold roses plus an iris.
The main picture is of Elina, there were many more blooms but we've been busily dead-heading. The two below Elina is a bearded iris and Vanilla.
Top right going down is Penelope, a shrub rose then a new rose called Desert Island and lastly Valencia.
Photos were taken this morning with my phone.
Six Roses in Spring
This group features Sexy Rexy, a rose we planted for my cousin who turned 103 recently in September- his name being Rex. The other 5 are Aotearoa, Borderer (left to right under Rexy)
then right top is Leda Deane Ross and Crepuscule. They vary in size, Crepuscule being by far the largest shrub in this collection.
Hanging baskets in cedar trees
We have 16 baskets of these red epiphyllums hanging in 3 fully grown cedar trees
and they're in flower now casting a flash of red all around the base of the
trees. The blooms are huge and make quite an impact as one drives into our carport.
All were grown from cuttings, so very easy to propagate! We also have a basket
of pink and another of white, but these are yet to bloom.
Photos taken with my phone.
Roses and Scenery
Featuring the Austin rose Graham Thomas, the rose garden and our scenery from
the back balcony looking towards Mt. Lofty - hidden behind the trees.
Graham Thomas really needs support
which we've never got around to supplying... a tripod could be sufficient.
The blooms are always in small groups and quite heavy,
they drag on the canes causing them to
droop in the weight of the blooms.
Photo taken with my phone.
Five Roses in Pink & Cream.
Belle Poitevine, Maurice Utrillo, Perdita, Violina & Elmshorn. All growing
in various parts of the rose garden
and all but Perdita & Maurice Utrillo large shrub roses.
Taken with my Samsung phone.
A colourful collection
A mixture of flowers from various parts of the garden... I haven't run out of rose
photos, just taking a break in case you're getting utterly sick of so many images of roses.
This collage has a bearded iris, 2 alstroemaria and a kalanchoe all taken with my phone
all grow in my rose garden except for the kalanchoe.
Five white roses and an iris
Left to right... main picture is of Margaret Merril, followed by top to bottom, Anna Marie de Montraval, Iceberg and a Dietes from South Africa.
then Eyes For You and lastly Rosa dupontii.
The Deep Deep Reds/Purples
Featuring an Oz-bred rose called St. Francis Xavier and the deep red pelargoniums
none of which are in the rose garden. St. Francis Xavier is lining a small set of steps
and the pels are in the pelargonium patch up by the front gate. St. F.X. is a hybrid between
two very old tea roses and has a sweet damask rose fragrance.
The viola is in a hanging basket and still surviving the heat we had yesterday.
All photos taken with my phone.
Three Roses and some penstemon.
The 3 roses are Lady X, Deane Ross and Veilchenblau.. all with the blue tone... rosarians are still trying to introduce blue to the spectrum,
even though some very ancient roses already had some in the breeding as you can see with Veilchenblau. I have quite a few more roses with a touch of blue, but none had a decent bloom
to photograph the day I took these.
Taken with the phone.
Celeste - an old Alba rose.
Loved by the masters and included in many paintings this old Alba rose is in flower
in my rose garden right now. I've been watching it the last few days because we
have an awful forecast for tomorrow. Luckily a couple of blooms opened today and I
could get a photo before the scorching heat and winds of tomorrow when all the roses
in my garden will be a shrivelled mess by the end of the day, including this delicate
little rose. I included a bud as well in this collage - photos taken with my phone.
Main photo in this collection is Elina, alongside on the left from top to bottom is
Vick's Caprice, Desert Island the Nevada.
I think this Samsung phone takes better photos of flowers and roses than scenery.