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