The Coral Drift rose brought us into Garden Bloggers Bloom Day as one of the first bloomers in my garden. The weather has been alternately hot and very cool, very dry and very rainy, but Coral Drift endures – and will continue into the fall. This is a small rose, about two and a half feet tall, but also plump and lush.
I brought the Alchemist rose from Heath, as a reminder of those days, but she didn’t do well – at first. Last year I moved her to this spot against a fence that gets lots of sun. She was slow, but is showing her vigor this year. The big pink bowl shaped roses, Brother Cadfael, are from the David Austin collection. Cadfael was also planted last year. I did not expect that they would get so friendly, but Alchemist and Cadfael are getting along together very well.Zaide and Knockout Red in an embrace.
There has been a heavy rain but I think the reason for this embrace is that Zaide is a rose that throws herself into her neighbor’s branches. I will try to mend this problem. It has been suggested that it needs more pruning.
Clearly I need to learn how to keep my roses in a proper height. Griffith Buck was a great rose creator and brought about hardy roses like Folksinger. There was some floppiness in this arrangement although Thomas Affleck had as much trouble standing firm as Folksinger. I must improve my pruning!
Quietness is another Buck rose, delicate and lovely.
Do not ask me why this is ‘Purple” Rain.
This beautiful white rose may be a Kordes rose, but I have another white rose next to Thomas Affleck. That rose is not quite blooming yet, so I am waiting for the day, very soon, when I can compare the roses and see if I can find the proper name for both of them. The reason I like Kordes roses, aside from their beauty, is that the Kordes people created disease resistant roses starting over thirty years ago to be hardy and healthy without using any insecticides.
When the first buds appeared I was quite alarmed. The buds were deep shades of red and gold. Fortunately they mellowed beautifully as the buds opened. I could not be happier with all these roses.
This rose with its small flowers and prickery stems was given to me some years ago by a dear friend, and was brought to Greenfield when we moved. She is a country rose -sturdy and lovely.
This spring we have enjoyed lots of birds who have come to take a bath, or a few sips, or to visit with other birds. Don’t ask me what this bird is; I’d be happy if someone told me. The yellow twig dogwood around the birdbath gives them plenty of privacy when needed.
As always a big thank you to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens (https://caroljmichel.com/
Carol knows about flowers and gardeners and the pleasures we can share.