Alliums, Irises and Roses

More Alliums and Roses are flowering now as are Irises.

All the Irises have flowered in the last week.  They are a new love of mine.  In the past I thought they were rather difficult to mix with other plants and that, as they flower for such a short time, they weren’t worth the space.  When I first began this garden a kind friend gave me some Irises; actually he gave them to me before I was ready and they sat for a while waiting to be planted.  How glad I am that they survived my mistreatment!  They are now very happily established and I’m sure the pale blue, brown (Maid of Kent, I think), have both more than doubled their clump size since last year.

I like this Iris with Rosa glauca and the foliage of Artemisia pontica

Strong but pale blue Irises under Mulberry

Two years ago he sold me some other rhizomes, one an amazing pink (that description doesn’t do it justice) and a true black, these have also doubled their clump size; a rather good purple is rather slower but I’m sure it will grow this year now it has flowered.  So now I’m looking at on-line brochures to check other colours that might give the right effect in other parts of the garden.  I’m thinking burnt orange for the back border which would benefit from some colour at this time of year, after the tulips and before the Hemerocallis and Abutilon.

Brown Iris - last year at Chelsea almost every garden had this one!

The brown Irises combine very well with the new growth tints of Nandino, and with bronze fennel, I’ll move the Irises closer to the Nandino when they’ve finished flowering (I said I’d do it last year but somehow ran out of time and I’m regretting it now.

Yes, they really are black, stunning!

Does anyone know the name of this one, a real beauty

These Dutch Iris Bronze Queen look better in the photo than in life where they look a bit sickly to me.

The above are now almost horizonal due to the terrible winds of the last two days.

Blue Dutch Iris are also planted near Hemerocallis Sol d’Oro but they’re not fully out yet so I post their image another time.

This year Allium karataviense looks even better than last year when it was its first year.  I have always loved the crimson edged, almost blue-green foliage; it has the advantage over other alliums that the foliage remains looking good while it flowers.  It even seems to be clumping up so I’m hopeful that it will keep growing for some years.  Not so A. aflatunense which has not re-flowered well in the formal beds leading me to think I might plant something else instead.

New for me is Allium Roseum planted in the middle of a group of 3 Rose Scepter’d Isle.  Small and dainty it resembles the wild alliums I’ve seen growing in various places, although this is more pink as the name would suggest.

A. Roseum

Allium Christophii

Allium Claret is about to open, already I like its colour

Then, of course, there are the roses.  All of them have at least some flowers with most now in full bloom!

Above is Rosa Westerland, which seems to me the colour of the sunsets we have here.

R. Queen of Sweden

R. Tradescant has more flowers on one bush at this moment than the one I had in England had in 3 years!

West facing pillars have R. Clair Matin

R. Rush

R. Sophie's perpetual

R. William Shakespeare

R. Scepter'd Isle

R. Gertrude Jekyll

…..and for something completely different, here’s what mother Nature can do when left to her own devices!

I pass this wonderful field of poppies every time I go out.

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16 thoughts on “Alliums, Irises and Roses

  1. The field of poppies is stunning. Lovely roses, though I think the simplicity of Rosa Rush is my favourite. I adore irises, and hope one day to have enough open sunny ground to grow the type you have in such profusion. I particularly love the near black one.

    • Sadly R. Rush isn’t scented, the only rose I have that isn’t, a shame really – a rose without scent is like a wedding withour the bride. The near black Iris is called Before the Storm

  2. There just aren’t enough adjectives to describe how lovely your garden looks. Our climbing roses are just starting to come into bloom, and already the aphids are making themselves right at home!

    • Thank you, I’m always so happy when my garden gives pleasure to others. Some of my roses had some aphids when they were first in bud, I usually just rub them off with gloved fingers to begin with and wait for the benificial insect numbers to increase (you must leave something for them to eat) so that a balance is achieved. Sparrows also come and eat the aphids but they often damage the rose bud too.

  3. Wow, I wish that I had as many different varieties of these plants as you do!! I really like the iris which you don’t know the name of. It looks so different than the rest however I must admit to liking the pale blue ones, they would look good in a dull area to brighten the place up

    • I’m very lucky to have enough space tp have lots of different varieties and still have lots of each one to make an impression. The Blue Iris is “Jane Phillips” and you’re right that it brightens a shady area and glows at dusk. All these Irises need lots of baking sun to do well.

  4. I love iris too. The pale blue iris are so beautiful and so beautifully situated. I love your Allium roseum and all of those roses.

    The field of poppies could be a painting. It’s wonderful.

  5. What a wonderful field of poppies to have on your door step. And I love your rose collection; I have a few myself and really enjoy them, definitely garden royalty.

  6. Hi Christina!
    By chance I discovered your blog today, a full year after it was written. Your question regarding the name of one Iris may long since have been answered, but still I’d like to suggest one name. I think it may be Iris ‘Député Nomblot’. Some years ago I had this in my own garden (sadly, it died one winter), and therefore I recognized it. Google it and see what you think! Your blog and your garden are great; – here in Norway I can only dream of such lushness.

  7. I have enjoyed reading your blog. I just wanted to know are these photos taken in Italy ? My husband and I love to visit gardens. Thank you for your time.

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