Bloom Day – June 2012


End of the Road Farm is now officially Zone 5b, with winter temperatures down to -15 degrees. I think that is pretty accurate. When we first moved here I put us in Zone 4b, with temperatures down to -25 degrees. Thirty years ago we would have those bitter temperatures for days at a time, not just a day or two. Even allowing that winters are generally milder, we had a very early spring, after a mild winter. The result has been a very stop and start spring, but the roses are blooming a little earlier. It is a good thing that The Annual Rose Viewing which is always scheduled for the last Sunday in June comes a little early this year.  Applejack has been blooming for over a week already.


Other roses are following Applejack’s lead. Leda is the only rose blooming so far in the Shed Bed.

Therese Bugnet

The very earliest roses to begin blooming were the rugosas like Therese Bugnet.

Pink Grootendorst

Pink Grootendorst is a very different rugosa, with small dianthus-like blossoms. It keeps Therese Bugnet company on the Rose Bank.

Woodslawn Pink

Woodslawn Pink probably did have an official name once, but it has been living namelessly at Woodslawn Farm for many years.

Hawkeye Belle

Hawkeye Belle is suddenly full of blossoms, but I’m a little worried about the foliage. I hope nothing serious is  going on.


Ispahan usually has lots of winterkill, bringing it down to only five for six feet, but this winter was so mild that there was little winterkill. The bush is over 7 feet tall, bending over with the weight of blossoms.

Sitka rugosa

I could hardly get a photo of Sitka because it is buried underneath Ispahan.


Except for a rugosa alba that jumped into the Sunken Garden, Fantin-Latour is the only rose left, of all those I planted, mostly David Austin Roses. The site is quite wet, but this rose doesn’t seem to mind too much.

Ghislaine de Feligonde

I will let Ghislaine de Feligonde, theoretically a climber, stand in for all the other roses that have begun to bloom: Blanc Double de Coubert; Mount Blanc; Rachel; Harrison’s Yellow; William Baffin; Dart’s Dash; Belle Amour; De la Grifferai; Double Red Knockout; Rosa glauca; Madame Louis Leveque; Madame Plantier; Purington Pink;  Thomas Affleck nd Scabrosa.

white Siberian Iris and lady's bedstraw

I’m weeding and clipping as fast as I can to get ready for the Annual Rose Viewing, but this area hasn’t gotten any attention at all.  The blue siberians have come and gone.

Campanula glomerata "Joan Elliot:

This campanula is beautiful and a strong grower. I have moved her several times and she thrives everywhere.


I’ve lost the names of most of the peonies. Several are blooming now.

Paonia "Kansas"

Most of the peonies are pink or white, but this red is named “Kansas.”


Yesterday afternoon I sat in the Cottage Ornee (a brief rest from weeding) enveloped in the sweet fragrance of the mockorange. I arranged this. It was wonderful.

What else is in bloom?  Columbine, allium, yellow loosestrife, herbs like chives and sage, and annuals like Superbells ‘Grape Punch” petunias.

Thank you Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Click here and see what else is blooming around the  country.



This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Rose

    What gorgeous roses you have, Pat! Your garden must smell heavenly, especially with the Mockorange as well.

  2. noel


    wow, i love all the roses and peonies, two of my favorites and i can’t grow either in my zone – although i can admire your beauties 🙂

  3. Pat

    Rose – The air is perfumed – and I am in heaven.
    Noel – Rose and peonies are a perfect combo- I am glad you are virtually enjoying them.

  4. Jason

    Yes, the roses and peonies are wonderful. I also admire the siberian iris and mock orange.

  5. Leslie

    So very many beautiful roses! But then that is what you are famous for! Happy Bloom Day Pat!

  6. The Sage Butterfly

    Your garden blooms are stunning. I love the purples, pinks, and whites…just breathtaking.

  7. Jean

    Pat, All your roses are just beautiful. I deadheaded the last of my white Siberian irises (White Swirl) this morning, but I still have some blue ones in bloom — both self-sown no-names on the back slope and two late-blooming cultivars in the blue and yellow border. I’ve been enjoying many days of peony blooms — but the hot weather is supposed to arrive tomorrow, so I think that will be the end of wonderful peony fragrance for this year. I hope your rose tour is a big success.

  8. Nan

    This has been the best year yet for the mock orange. What a glorious smell! And the butterflies zoom around it all the time. Oh, I love it.

  9. Lea

    Happy Bloom day! (just a little late)
    Lea’s Menagerie

  10. betty dove

    After 40 years of blooms for me, my Harrison Pioneer is getting ready for its’ June show.
    Actually, in our family it has always been called David’s Rose as it always blooms on his June 3rd birthday. This year David will miss the blooms as he died in an accident last June, right after the yellow rose bloomed itself into a frenzy.
    when that day comes, I know I will be so sad, but the memories are every bit as sweet as the smell of David’s Rose.

  11. Pat

    Betty – I think roses have so many associations for each of us. Sometimes bittersweet, but we always treasure those memories.

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