Rose ‘Alcantara’

I repeatedly claim not to be a ‘rose’ sort of person. I appreciate them in other people’s gardens, especially the scented ones, but deadheading them is so tedious and they do tend to get greenfly, or black spot, or something. Having said that, I do have a few in my garden, one of which is a real beauty and I would not want to be without it: Rose Alcantara…

It domintaes the south-facing rockery in June, and when the Perovskia behind it also starts flowering this place is buzzing!

Rose ‘Alcantara’ seems to love being sun-baked at the top of this well-drained incline. This ground cover rose will continue flowering on and off throughout the summer, and I have never seen greenfly on it. It has survived our driest summers and coldest winters. It really deserves a prize. I would certainly recommend this to anyone with a hot, dry slope!

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Are you a ‘rose’ sort of person?

In a Vase on Monday: Heavenly White

Philadelphus virginalis (Mock Orange or False Jasmine)

This week’s vase is in memory of our dear neighbour, Mr Barth, who passed away last week at the spectacular age of 105. I have mentioned him frequently on this blog; as a regular Sunday afternoon visitor he tested many of my cake recipes over the past few years. And I also gathered wild garlic from beneath his Magnolia tree each spring.

He will be missed.

 

This  beautiful Philadelphus is climbing into a nearby tree and several stems were drooping over the pathway, definitely an excuse to cut them!

I added a single peach miniature rose to the base of the vase, and secured the heavy branches of the Philadelphus by using my wire flower holder.

This Philadelphus is the sort that smells heavenly.

I wonder what smells good in your garden this Monday.

Do visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, to see her beautiful irises as well as what others have found to plonk or artfully arrange in a vase today!

 

The Tuesday View: 13th June 2017

It was a lovely sunny day today, with a cool breeze, and I actually enjoyed my least favourite garden/household chore – tidying the front hedge and sweeping the drive. I much prefer being in the back garden though. And looking at this view!

The lavender in the foreground is now flowering and the Lysimachia and Golden Rod (which will probably flower early this year) have got so tall. But let’s zoom in to that fluffy white blob in the distance, just to the left of the Acer…

The Goats’ Beard is flowering! And with the strong  breezes we have had, that and the giant Miscanthus left of it have been rustling and swaying like mad.

If I walk a few steps down the path I can show you the view from a slightly different angle – the pink rose at the top of this part of the rockery is now flowering too.

Here is a closer shot…

No name I’m afraid. It was here when we came, albeit rather neglected. It flowers on and off all summer.

Finally a longer shot. If you saw my vase yesterday you will see why I made the choice to use Lysimachia and Alchemilla together. 😉

If you would like to join me with a regular view of one part of your garden, please do!

🙂

 

In a Vase on Monday: Simply Yellow

Along with the Alchemilla mollis, the yellow Lysimachia has been so pretty this year I decided to honour it by using it in a vase this Monday, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

A few strands of the pretty grass Melica ciliata completed the look.

But my eye was then drawn to a couple of other yellows nearby…

Hypericum polyphyllum, Euphorbia seguieriana and Oenothera missouriensis were then placed in a smaller vase, with some Aruncus dioicus which has just started opening.

The Hypericum (St John’s Wort) is a little early, it usually waits until St John’s Day to flower – the longest day of the year.  Can you believe it is almost midsummer?!

Is anything yellow flowering in your garden right now?

Thanks to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday. She has also found some yellows this week. 😀

Have a great week!

The Tuesday View: 6th June 2017

It’s raining! 😀

We have had light rainshowers on and off all day. Not really enough, but better than nothing! (Update: 3 hours later – those gentle showers have turned into very heavy rain. Yippee!)

Perfect weather for showing my Tuesday View as my garden suddenly looks green again.

In the foreground the Lavender is showing a tinge of colour before it opens. And on the right the tall blue Campanula persicifolia are now open too, while the hardy Geraniums continue to provide splashes of various shades of pink.

The yellow Lysimachia is in full flower. Doesn’t she look harmless?…

The Clematis tangutica ‘Orange Peel’ on the (far too small) obelisk is also in flower…

But my favourite colour here at the moment is this pretty Geranium (I think it is G.’Rozanne’) among some Stipa gigantea; next to the red poppies it stands out even more…

Looking down to the left, at the front of this view, is the lovely Melica ciliata, which I have also seen growing wild on one of our walks nearby.

I pulled loads of the Lysimachia out just a few weeks ago… I could have removed a bit more, but it is lovely while flowering!

As spring progresses into summer, focusing on a particular area of the garden is so useful to me. Why not join in! Just leave a comment below with a link to your view this Tuesday.

Have a great gardening week!

In a Vase on Monday: A Seaside Vignette

My parents visited the British North Norfolk coast last week and sent me this card of Wells beach huts… in the snow! Well, that was perfect for cooling us down in the heatwave! I have never seen snow in Norfolk, so I wonder if this was just an artist’s imagination…

Anyway, it inspired this little ‘vignette’ with my own little beach hut purchased at the Anchor Shop in Blakeney in Norfolk last summer. And, of course, some peonies and Alchemilla.

The postcard with colourful beach huts on the sand is more familiar to me!

The single peony below (no name as it was wrongly labelled as ‘Bowl of Beauty’) has a lemony tinged centre and looked perfect nestled among the Alchemilla flowers. Mmm, like a glass of lemonade!

The main attraction is Peony ‘Festiva maxima’ though. Tinged with pink, its creamy white petals always remind me of ice cream with raspberry sauce! (Something else that would cool me down….)

Today is in fact a lot cooler and this morning was perfect for getting some gardening jobs done. A few showers have barely dampened the soil, so I am still hoping for some rain: May was far too warm and dry. Let’s see what June will bring!

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme!