The Roses Begin, in a small way

The weekend offered, again some glorious weather, although unseasonably hot.  The tulips will not last very long this year; already T. Brown Sugar and Negrita are losing their petals.  I wanted to share the joy the tulips give me so I invited lots of friends to come to visit the garden.  Gardeners and not all enjoyed the show.  Fringed, Parrots, and even Lilly shaped are pretty much unknown so I was repeatedly asked if “this one” was also a tulip.  Some were surprised that they didn’t need watering during the summer and others unbelieving when I said that watering in summer actually stops them flowering for a second year.  It is the third year for the white flowers in the formals beds and I think they actually look better this year than in the past, so I am back to toying with the idea of planting more in the other 2 beds this autumn.  Maybe I could plant T. Swans Wings to add a little variation – Fringed varieties usually repeat well.

Looking down from my bedroom window

Above: looking out accross the garden from the terrace.

When we were looking for houses to buy we saw one that had an ancient wisteria on a pergola over the terrace; we were both so bowled over we nearly bought the house even though the house so terrible and probably needed to be pulled down.  But it meant that when we found this house putting in a terrace and building a pergola were very high on the list of priorities.  The pergola was finished in autumn 2008 and even before the builders had left I had planted wisteria on two sides of the house.  I have to admit that the  four white ones have never done so well, being planted on the north east side of the house.  This year they seemed full of bud, but yet again I am disappointed, the birds have pecked out almost every single bud, see more about this here.

This is what is left of the long racemes

Wisteria prolific planted on the pillars facing south have also been damaged, first by the birds and now by the huge black carpenter bees that scatter the petals to the ground, frenzied by the perfume of the flowers

Walking along the terrace the perfume is so strong I think we would find it impossible to sit here for very long; but sadly this show will also be over all too quickly, leaving the delicious shade we also desire as the foliage fills out and later smaller, less intensely perfumed flowers, that are hidden amongst the leaves.

The garden is looking full of growth and probably more colourful than I’ve ever seen, I must admit that my breath is taken away sometimes when I turn a corner or catch sight of something from a different angle.

Crab apple in foreground

Both the crab apples are full of blossom this year, I’m pretty sure that this is due to the cold winter; apples need cold during the winter months to flower well.  Last year after a wet but mild winter there were hardly any flowers and of course, very little fruit.

Happy accident with bright Californian poppies and scarlet tulips.

Last year the first roses were flowering at the end of March, this year despite it being so hot for much of the last month the first rose didn’t bloom until Sunday 10th April.

The first rose - Stanwell Perpetual

Followed today by this delicate looking, but actually very tough rose. Grown by a friend as a cutting I’m not 100% sure of its name, maybe china pink (but that’s surely a tulip!)

To finish something I think will make you smile or maybe cringe!

Would you buy these?

Yesterday I went to my seed and plug plant provider, more about this soon.  It could only happen here in Italy where the countryside is scoured for tasty leaves to add to a salad, but would you really want to BUY dandelion seeds?????????????

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11 thoughts on “The Roses Begin, in a small way

  1. Your gardens are looking lovely! It looks like a wonderful site for tulips to thrive in.

    And no, I would not pay for dandelions! Unless I was stranded and in need of food and a flower that would appear no matter what the conditions. When I put it that way it makes me think: maybe it it the perfect flower for body & soul?

    Thanks for sharing,

  2. No, I think I will pass on dandelions, having just bought a new trowel with a long sharp point to extract them and their friends the docks.Goldfinches delight in the flowers,tho.
    My crabapples are covered with blossom too- the cold winter was good for them.Sadly not for Hebes and Phormiums. Ho hum.
    I can almost smell the wisteria.

  3. I am happy to send you as many dandelion seeds as you like!

    Not surprised that your breath gets taken away as you turn a corner Christina. I love that wisteria, the lilac versions have always been my favourites. What a wonderful view from your bedroom window too, serene but full of colour. I didn’t know that about the cold and apples – explains why our crabapple is outdoing itself this year. I wonder if the reason my purple tulips (Havran) haven’t thrived in the border is because it is too damp and rich.

  4. Thankyou for your recent comment on News From Italy, it certainly is a small world.

    Your beauiful garden is very different to ours, which is much more of a productive piece of land in the countryside, that just happens to have been owned by an old lady who unusually for farming communities appears to have loved gardening.

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