Tag Archive | Roses

Sunday is Gardening Day – July 15th 2012


During last week we have had far too much rain in the cottage garden. The climbing roses have been doing their best to hang on, but today I cut them back. With luck and if the weather is kind, we may see another flush in August.

The geraniums (pelargoniums) have also taken a battering but now, at last, I see some flowers.

The vegetables have suffered even more. The next picture shows the runner beans this time last year. Notice there are lots of flowers!

Now compare this year’s photograph… too much rain, not enough flying insects to pollinate the flowers.  Flowers? What flowers. We are still waiting.

Geraniums

Ivy on the balcony.

Feverfew is abundant just now.  It has a lovely, musty smell.

The daisies are hardy and seem to take whatever comes.  This year because of the wet conditions, they have grown very leggy.

Have a great week fellow bloggers.

Roses – How did my rose bushes do?


Last year I bought four new rose bushes. I thought you might like to see how they did in their first year.  I bought the roses in a sale at the end of the summer and kept the tags. I knew I would forget what they were called otherwise!

The first one is the Scorpio Rose. It is a real scarlet rose, very romantic. The bush was healthy and survived our cold, wet winter very well.

You can see it in the next picture, but don’t take notice of the colour of it. I used my smallest camera and red always comes out orangey red when I use it to photograph. As you can see there are plenty of blooms to such a small bush.

You can see the true colour of the Scorpio rose much better in the next picture, which I took with a better camera.

Now for the next one, which is called  My Mum. The picture shows a multi-layered rose with two colours:

This is what it looks like this week. The bush is tiny and needed quite a bit of nurturing, but given we had a very poor early summer, I’ll forgive it because the rose itself is beautiful. It’s quite small but very pretty. This is one of three roses on the bush.

They are all different and they all hang down as if they are ashamed and don’t want to show their pretty faces.

The next picture shows the darker one in more detail:

The next rose bush is called Golden Memories and it has been a surprise. It has grown fast and has lots of roses on it but …

…they shatter very quickly. It could be all the rain we’ve had. I’m not sure. Certainly is prolific though.

The last of the four bushes is called Apricot Abundance and it definitely doesn’t like the rain.

The roses are still in bud (see top of picture).  They haven’t even come out yet. When they do I shall be there with the camera.

I hope you enjoyed sharing the development with me today. I’m always curious to see if the plants and seeds I buy turn out like they are supposed to, as on the packet. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.

I’ll leave you with the best one, which this year is the Scorpio Rose.

Roses galore!


Sunday is gardening day and today was a good day to wander among the roses. This yellow climbing rose has waited patiently throughout the rainy weather at the start of the month and is now in full bloom.

Come, walk around the garden with me on this lovely July day 🙂

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