Spring is here!
I’ve carefully chosen this post title to ‘reply’ to a David one. I’ve been left behind for a while now as winter here started very late in january and it’s been very cold and windy. After that a drought spell delayed all the narcissus, even though hopefully it rained at the end. It rained a lot. So much that we couldn’t do any job in the garden and this is very upsetting at this time of the year!
Fortunately we had some bank holidays all in a row here in Italy, so I had the opportunity of taking care of the garden as it needed a heavy hand with weeds and with some other jobs on the rose garden paths. We started lying the gravel on the gravel garden (yup, finally!) even though we had to suspend the job halfway because the soil was too wet and I didn’t want a plaster garden!
Anyway spring is here, after all! After the first rose opened under the rain, others followed.
Single Cherry is a hybrid spinosissima with a difficult colour to picture and a cyclamen scent that is unfortunately impossible to picture but believe me: the scent is so strong even under hot sun! I love this rose, you know I do, I loved it even before it flowered (this is her first spring here) and now I am looking forward to seeing the dark big round hips it’s supposed to set.
The shrub has arching branches and a nice shape even in only one year time!
Another rose in bloom now that I couldn’t get a proper picture is Zèphirine Drouhin, I have some problems taking pictures of deep crimson flowers, I wish Liz could give me some photography tip!
I think crimson is a beautiful colour for roses, despite I normally prefer yellow or white blended. The colour mix I love most with crimson roses is electric blue, like scilla litardierei for example:
Unfortunately I didn’t know exactly what was its flowering period as this is the first time I grow it. I thought it was supposed to flower earlier, so I placed it near some orange tulips that have now faded. Nevermind, it looks great with dark purple leaves of plantago major and fresh green of stipa tenuissima. I may get some more bulbs for next year as I love this blue flower.
Not far from the scilla and of a very dark purple too is one of the few euphorbias that managed to survive in my garden (the other type is e. lathyrus that is a kind of weed), it’s a seedling born in there after its mother died. Her mother was called Chocolate, and now that she’s dead I call it Chocolate too. The only problem is that it’s born in a very unpleasant place for a small euphorbia: it’s a dry spot very close to a big, frighteningly big clump of iris pseudacorus but I don’t feel like moving this little euphorbia, I fear it dies too. I shall move the iris clump from there somehow.
But I was talking about roses, right? So here are some beautiful light shade of pale pink and white blended roses:
Marie Parvie is a polyantha rose, rather small, tidy shrub with glossy leaves. She isn’t scented at all and the shape of the flower is pretty ordinary but she flowers so profusely for the entire summer and asks nothing back that you cannot love it. This rose is also referred as Marie Pavie. I tried and find something about the person after whom the rose has been named but could not find anything except for a certain Auguste Jean-Marie Pavie who was a French colonialist… I hope mine was another Marie though!
I can only show Purezza in close up as she opened only a few flowers now but it’s so crowded with buds I think she’s going to explode in a white profusion in a few days or maybe a week. It is a very vigorous italian hybrid of rosa banksiae bred in the 60’s, it is slightly lemon scented and it’s the only repeat flowering banksiae. I’ve seen it in bloom in december under the snow! The foliage is nice too.
Another good one is rosa chinensis Odorata, very scented for a chinensis, you have to pick the right moment, temperature and humidity to smell it though, otherwise it doesn’t smell at all. Another very reliable rose.
This morning as I rushed to work I saw Thèrèse Bugnet has flowered too but I was in the car already (d’oh!), so I couldn’t snuck my nose inside it, first thing I’m going to do this evening as soon as I’m back!
Many other roses are preparing flowers, luckily they are going to last quite long. The new plants I’ve put into ground are already setting flowerbuds and almost all the roses I potted up in january have found their place in the garden now.
Another good feature I have in the garden now is a tall (very tall, about 120cm!) bearded iris. The clump was there when we bought the house and it stayed there during all the work in the house and the making of the garden. Everything was set around it, everyone incredibly passed and never walked over it, so now I have this big clump of this big iris. It is white and custard yellow. I don’t like bicoloured flowers (and I hate custard!) but I couldn’t get rid of this one, could I?
I like bearded irises because they have a unique smell of perfumed rubber toys, you know those for children (never smelled rubber toys for grown-ups, I swear!), that your nose needs a little while to detect but after that you can’t get rid of it! Well I kind of like this iris now, I might buy it some dark bearded iris to make it some company.