Rambunctious Roses

Fountain Surrounded By Roses

Last night I finally got the fountain up and running.  It needed a new hose.  And I have to sort of emotionally prepare myself to work in the yucky water that accumulates.  Algae and birds do a number on still water.  In the midst of doing that dirty little chore I learned that Callie the Calico had been using the oriental rug in the guest room for purposes other than intended.  It’s now sitting in the driveway.  I hosed it down last night, and hoped I’d gotten most of the stink out.  Nope.  Next step.  Vinegar.  If that doesn’t work, I’m tossing it.  Too bad.  It’s a nice rug.  Note to self.  Don’t put a good rug in that room.  Note to other self.  Board the cat when you’re away.  Or, cover the rugs with plastic.  Ugh.

But the roses are blooming!  They smell far better than that rug. The bluish purple rose in the bottom left is Rhapsody in Blue, a shrub rose.  It’s blossoms get bluer as they age.  The flowers are semi double and very fragrant.

Rhapsody in Blue Shrub Rose

The scene stealers in the rose medallion are the Hansa Roses.  They are huge, even though I constantly chop them back. These rugosa shrub roses are very hardy and tolerant.  They bloom throughout the summer and develop large red hips in the fall.  They are practically black spot proof.  In fact, I’ve never seen any black spot on them at all, even when the other shrub roses in the bed struggle with it every stinkin’ year.  Hansas were developed in the Netherlands in the early 1900’s.  These are one of the few rose bushes that thrive along the shore of Lake Michigan.  They can stand up to the rough weather and bitter winds that come off the lake.  In the picture above, the Hansas are the white and red blooms in the upper left, center, and right

The David Austin roses are also beginning to bloom.  I have Falstaff and Golden Celebration in the rose medallion.  Abraham Derby sits in the Secret Garden.  These, too, are wonderfully fragrant.  The hansas are spicey.  The David Austins have that sweet rose scent that is so intoxicating.  David Austins are English roses.  They look like the old fashioned English roses, but they are repeat bloomers.

Abraham Derby David Austin Rose

Golden Celebration David Austin Rose

Bloom Day, June 2010

Egads!  Lots of stuff is blooming and choosing just the right photos is difficult.  But here goes.

Bloom Day back gardens overview

Bloom Day Entrance Garden Overview

And now for the close ups, Mr. DeVille…

East nook at the side of the house. Petunias and Lavender

Just marigolds in front of cannas that have far to go

White Dawn Rose

Red Petunias, White Dome Hydrangeas, and a few Francis Williams Hostas in the Front Garden

Seboldiana hosta in the front garden under the magnolia

White Dome hedgerow in front yard

David Austin Falstaff in back yard rose medallion

David Austin Golden Celebration in back yard rose medallion

Julia Child rose in backyard rose medallion

Wild Spice hansa rose in medallion

Wildberry Breeze hansa rose in medallion

Unnamed geranium, White Dome Hydrangea, variegated caryopteris, threadleaf coreopsis

Old peony that may be as old as the house

Rose Campion, Zagreb Coreopsis, an East Friesland Slavia

Zagreb Coreopsis, East Friesland Salvia, and Cool Cat Catmint

Tiny Nancy Asiatic Lilies and red geraniums

Endless Summer Hydrangea and a Nikko Blue just starting to bloom

New Dawn Climbing Rose

Red Astilbe (unnamed), Various Coral Bells, wonderfully vanilla scented petunias, plus a couple of Great Expectations Hostas

Cannas and Hidcote Lavender

The last of the Cheddar Pinks

Red Carpet Rose

Mac and Cheese Echinacea

Royal Candles Veronica and Lady's Mantle, plus Jean Davis Lavender that is just starting to show it's delightful pink color

Tritoma

False Lupine against Purple Petunias