What can I say? The spectacular rose year just keeps on going. I've posted lots of new photos of the roses in bloom over the last few weeks including Double Delight, Fisherman's Friend, Fragrant Lace, Gertrude Jekyll, Heritage, Lagerfeld, Louise Odier, Melody Parfumee, Pat Austin, Peace, Queen Elizabeth, Sweet Juliet, and Winchester Cathedral. In a bit of strangeness, the Weigela, which had been wrecked by the old landscaper last year and spent this year recovering, for some strange reason opened a number of blooms in late September though it's usually a spring-flowering shrub! Here they are.
… of the first half of September anyway. It's been yet another bumper crop of roses in what has been an outstanding season. During the last few weeks, I've been taking photos of only what I think are the nicest blossoms. That's because for most of them, I've already posted so many photos on the web site that I can afford to be picky! Now that the month is half gone, I've gone ahead and posted those fifty photos covering the roses that are in bloom: Double Delight, Fragrant Lace, Heritage, Lagerfeld, Louise Odier, Melody Parfumee, Pat Austin, Peace, Red Ribbons, Sunbright, Sweet Juliet, Tropicana, and Winchester Cathedral. It was kind of hard deciding on which one to shrink and include in the blog; Tropicana bloomed so seldom this year (I think it doesn't like its north-facing location) that I decided to include it, so here it is.
For the roses, this has been an exceptional August, an exceptional summer, and an exceptional year. I have a dozen different roses in bloom in the garden right now: Double Delight, Fisherman's Friend, Garden Party, Gertrude Jekyll, Heritage, Lagerfeld, Melody Parfumee, Pat Austin, Queen Elizabeth, Sunbright, Sweet Juliet, and Winchester Cathedral. Even Tropicana has a bunch of buds getting ready to open as does the Double Delight tree in the front yard. Peace is also getting ready to bloom once again. In other garden news, the grass is green and lush and has filled in most of the bare spots left over from last year. The shrubs (Forsythia, Mock Orange, and Weigeia ) that were damaged by my former landscaper pruning them way too late last year have all put on excellent growth and should be in full bloom next spring. Here's a particularly lovely Sweet Juliet blossom that's outside right now. Needless to say, lots of photos of all of the roses in bloom have been posted to my web site.
The roses seem intent on proving that the heat of August is no impediment to lots of blooms. Lots of them continue to open new blossoms almost every day, filling the garden with color and fragrance. In addition to those that I've mentioned before, both Graham Thomas and Gertrude Jekyll have started to open blooms and Garden Party has been putting on a show. Lots and lots of new photos have been posted on the web site. Here's Garden Party.
In years past, August has been relatively quiet in the garden, as the heat of summer puts a damper on things. Not this year! Many of the roses are covered with blooms; I've just posted forty (!) photos of roses taken over the last few days. It has turned out to be a really great rose year and all indications are that it's far from over. The bloomers include Double Delight, Heritage, Lagerfeld, Melody Parfumee, Pat Austin, Peace, Queen Elizabeth, Sunbright, Winchester Cathedral, and Zephirine Drouhin. This is a small part of the show being put on by Melody Parfumee.
Offhand, I can't recall a summer that has seen so many of the roses blooming with so many blossoms. Double Delight (both of the trees), Fragrant Lace, Lagerfeld, Pat Austin, and Peace are putting out roses as though it's the spring flush. And now Heritage has joined in! Here's Pat Austin.
The summer has been good for the garden. While the three daylilies have finished blooming, many of the roses, such as Louise Odier, Fragrant Lace, Double Delight, Peace, Lagerfeld, and others are in pretty much continuous bloom. The rose planted this year, Mme. Isaac Pereire, has very good growth but has yet to form a bud. Based on its growth to date, I think it will hold its own with the other Old Garden Roses that I have. This is the latest from Peace.
I had a very nice vacation, driving up to quite a scenic location, as you can see.
I'm back now and found that the the garden is doing quite well. The last of the daylilies, Plum Perfect, has bloomed, completing the trilogy of daylilies. As expected, Sunbright has opened quite a few new blooms as have many of the other roses. Lots of new photos have been posted on the web site. Here's the first blossom of Plum Perfect that I photographed.
Tropicana has bloomed, becoming the last of the previously planted roses to do so. The white Asiatic lily has also bloomed. Sunbright is getting ready to open some new blossoms but I'm off for a long weekend vacation so probably will not get to see them. More when I get back.
With two of the three daylilies in bloom, the oriental lily Mona Lisa must have gotten jealous, because today she opened up a whole bunch of her sweet smelling blossoms. Gotta love it! There's a thunderstorm rattling through now and I'm sure that all of the plants will love the rain.