I guess I can’t really take credit for this Double Knock Out which was in full bud when I planted it about a month ago, adding it to my collection of about 70 hardy roses – all that will survive on my Massachusetts hill top. The color is spectacular and a great contrast to the pastels which predominate in the garden.
In spite of the clover and ‘weeds’ like galium or lady’s bedstraw this white iris is another strong grower. It is possible that the yellow loosestrife below wouldn’t count as a cultivated flower, but it was here and is cheerful and dependable. It stays.
There is more to flowers than color.
This mock orange was planted so that when were were resting or visiting inside the Cottage Ornee we could enjoy the delicious fragrance. A little shoot of mock orange was given to me by the very green fingered Sue Chadwick who is known for her orchard of heritage apples. She knows her way around scion wood.
The peonies have just started to bloom. I have very few early peonies because I want as many as possible to still be blooming when the roses begin their season.