THE GARDEN AT THE END OF MAY
It has been another hot week with no rain. The ground is dry and cracked and it seems more like August than the end of May. There is so much happening in the garden. The roses are blooming already, but trying to take a decent photo is difficult. Even early in the morning the light seems too strong.
1. The Rose Garden
Compassion tumbling off the arch welcomes us into the Rose Garden to see the first of the roses.
2. Olivia Rose Austin
From David Austin Roses, as you can deduce from the name, these plants are now two years old and covered in flowers. It's a pretty shell pink bloom.
3. Louise Odier
This bourbon rose has a lovely scent and ruffled medium sized flowers, but it is a straggly bush which is always affected by black spot. This year I have tied it onto a dome made from hazel, It's a technique described by Dean Peckett here, (you need to scroll down to the second article). I found it quite fun to do and it's improved the look of the rose no end, so thanks Dean.
In the picture below from left to right the roses are Madame Alfred Carriere covering the arbour, Winchester Cathedral and Louise Odier.
At the weekend I potted up the tomatoes in the greenhouse, using a mix of garden soil from mole hills and compost. The vegetable garden is coming on too. The strawberries are beginning to bear fruit, we have lettuces and artichokes to eat and the potatoes are growing well.
5. Iris Mary Francis
The iris are still flowering. This week Mary Francis has opened up with lavender-blue petals. Very soft and pretty.
6. A View of the Lupin and Iris border
I'm finishing with another photo of the Knot Garden, since by next week I think its display will be coming to an end. The iris in this picture is called Superstition, and is a shorter variety. Behind it are Allium Globemaster, lupins and a purple verbascum.
That's all from my garden for this week, but there are many more to view on The Propagator who hosts Six on Saturday.