Continuing around the garden.

Continuing our walk around the garden I will also show you some close-ups of some of the Irises.  A word about names.  I only know the names of about a third of the Irises I have in the garden.  I bought some named varieties from Cayeux, and some named varieties were given or sold to me by friends (a problem here is that they had named some of their stock themselves for ease of knowing what was where in the garden but of course I don’t remember which are true names and which are their invention.  Several I’ve purchased from Italian nurseries call them ‘Pink’ or tall blue so not very helpful.  So I will only give names to those I am 100% sure of.  Sorry if this isn’t very helpful, but just enjoy them! Continue reading

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May Feast – Rosa Veilchenblau

Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits

Rambler roses are vigorous shrubs with long, arching, thorny or smooth stems carrying glossy foliage and large sprays of small, single or double, often fragrant flowers in early summer

‘Veilchenblau’ is a vigorous rambler with glossy mid-green foliage and large sprays of slightly fragrant, semi-double flowers 2.5cm in width, purple-violet with an occasional white streak, fading to greyish-lilac

R. veilchenblau with Lavender stoechas

This is my favourite rose of all, I love its orange perfumes flowers that fade so perfectly.  Maybe I love it too because it usually flowers only once a year and so is a passing joy.

Newly opened bloom

Just beginning to fade

Don’t forget its Garden Bloggers Foliage Day on the 22nd, just post and leave a comment with the link.  Looking forward to seeing what you have.