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.
The very earliest roses to begin blooming were the rugosas like Therese Bugnet.
Pink Grootendorst is a very different rugosa, with small dianthus-like blossoms. It keeps Therese Bugnet company on the Rose Bank.
Woodslawn Pink probably did have an official name once, but it has been living namelessly at Woodslawn Farm for many years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.