Roses rarely flower in my garden in mid-summer, it is too hot for them; their time is May and early June and then if I’m lucky in late autumn. Continue reading
Until this past Monday, 10th June, the weather here in central Lazio as not been its usual sunny and warm self. Then as the forecasters promised Tuesday the temperature has noticeably risen; the air feels warmer and the afternoon wind from the sea began to blow. Actually just a few moments ago when I was taking photographs there was a mini-whirlwind; I looked around and thought the sky was full of strange birds but instead it was hay that had just been cut from the field behind the house, moments later it passed through the garden lifting dropped petals high into the air, sorry I didn’t manage to get a clear image. Continue reading
I usually try to post every bloom there is in the garden for GBBD (for my own record of what is flowering if nothing else), but I’m beaten today! There are just too many flowers and to be truthful even though I love every single bloom it is the overall effect of the garden that is giving me the most joy.
I will try to post about more of the flowers individually during the next month. Cistus, Eschscholzia californica (and not just orange), Roses, Iris – all deserve their own post.
Thanks to Carol for hosting. You might want to peek over the garden wall at some blooms in other gardens so do visit Carol at MayDreamsgarden.
So here (grab a cup of tea maybe) is My Hesperides Garden on GBBD in May. I hope your gardens are giving you as much pleasure as mine is to me, happy bloom day.
The quality of the images isn’t as good as usual as today was very sunny but rain is forecast for tomorrow so I needed to get them today.
It hardly seems possible that we have reached the middle of the month of October already! Again it is Garden Bloggers Bloomday hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden. If you have some time to spare why not visit to see what is blooming in Gardens all over the world. I always try to look at one new garden each month but there are so many that sadly it is impossible for me to read them all. But I do very much enjoy reading about the gardens I follow on a regular basis. I feel as if I know these gardens but there is always something blooming that surprises and delights me.
In My Hesperides Garden most of the roses are blooming again. Not all as profusely as in May but enough to perfume the garden and make me forget that it is nearly winter.
I am still surprised that 2 months ago many plants were deep in summer dormancy – i.e. they looked dead and now have put on new foliage and are flowering.
Click on the image below to see all the flowers blooming in the garden for GBBD October.
Actually not just on roses but on everything. For the last two nights it has rained and for a couple of hours during the day yesterday and most of the day today – I am very happy!
So when I went outside to take my photos for bloomday it was under the protection of an umbrella. It wasn’t raining too hard and it was so god to see and feel the rain; the umbrella was more to keep the camera dry. Today it is windy which isn’t so good, I want rain, soft and gentle to soak right into the soil. Temperatures yesterday and today haven’t risen above 20° C. It almost feels like winter, but it is so nice to feel cool; to go to bed and pull the sheet around me rather than throw it off in an attempt to be cool.
Next week the temperatures are set to rise again, but only during the day, at night it will be cool. Even during the day it should just be pleasantly warm to work outside.
All the blooms this month have raindrops on their petals, for some this makes them even more beautiful.
To see what else is flowering in My Hesperides Garden in mid September, please click on the image below.
To enjoy what’s flowering in gardens around the world, some just entering spring and others beginning to look autumnal, visit Carol at May Dreams Garden,
Described as: Rhapsody In Blue has fragrant, shiny purple flowers that fade to slate blue the closest thing yet to a blue rose. A healthy, robust grower that will make a tall, bushy shrub that repeats well. 4.5 ft x 3 ft.
When choosing roses to buy there are several criteria that help me make my decision. Firstly a rose should be deliciously perfumed; a rose without fragrance is like a wedding without the bride. It should be a beautiful colour (this really goes without saying); thirdly and this may seem strange, it is essential that the bloom is beautiful in bud, as it opens and in full flower, but also essential is how it dies! Rhapsody in Blue is almost more beautiful as it ages and turns a delightful fading grey-mauve.
I have 3 planted together in the left hand border; they were planted in May 2007. I have pruned them quite hard to produce very bushy plants but I will allow them to grow taller now they are strongly established.
It is one of my favourite roses.
The end of April is like the end of May or even end of June in the UK. Everything is coming into flower, every day when I walk around the garden I am surprised by some bloom I didn’t even see the bud of the previous day.
The tulips are no more – I’ll be writing a follow up post as to what happened to the rest of the tulips I was expecting to flower.
So this past week has been a week of firsts! First roses, first irises, first strawberries, first hot still days with butterflies sipping the nectar of thyme flowers.
I have French Lavender planted at the base of most of the pillars around the terrace; it hasn’t really looked very happy and I have been pondering whether I should remove it and plant with something else; but I hadn’t thought of anything else so it was a pleasant surprise to see that this year it is looking lovely, sprawling out to give solidity to the pillar roses climbing above, another first.
I planted a banksia rose three years ago; it has struggled as it was planted into very poor soil (more or less into solid tuffo) with no irrigation but this year for the first time it has filled out and is covered in a profusion of pale yellow blooms.
Some planting combinations that I planned last year, and moved plants around in the autumn are now producing the effects I hoped for.
I moved Irises last autumn, Kent Pride to be close to the new growth of Nandino; I moved some Iris Jane Phillips near to Rosa Molineux and some to nearby the Ceonothus/Gladioli combination shown above. After I wrote the post I was admonished by a friend who said that I was transplanting the Irises far too late and that it should be done in July; I am new to Iris growing so knew that I would just have to wait and see – all the irises I transplanted have thick buds or are already opening their fascinating flowers to reveal their ‘beards’. I don’t think my friend was wrong, just that in Italy the growing season continues much longer into autumn (especially last autumn when it was warm until Christmas) so there was plenty of time for the tubers to settle and grow. Most plants will die if transplanted in July, which is when I apparently should have moved them; probably Iris could be moved then because their tubers hold all the moisture they need for the summer anyway.
All the above combinations are to be found at the top of the drive border; this year this is filling out so that the shrubs are beginning to grow into each other, pushing out some of the more transient perennials.
Some combinations are happy accidents; the above cistus was newly planted last autumn, I very much like how it reflects the colour of Iris ‘Kent Pride’ next to it.
Many roses are flowering already but I’ll save those for another day, There seem to be more buds than usual on the roses which could be due to the cold spell in the winter or that they are now more established.
I’m joining Helen the Patient Gardener for her End of the Month View, do visit her to see what is happening in other gardens at the end of the April 2012.