Clematis 'Angelique' is on the right. Seedling on the left is undoubtedly a cross of 'Angelique' with 'Nelly Moser'--the only two clematis in the area. The seedling came up in 'Angelique's container and is actually a very very pale lavender, not the white it appears to be in the photo. I've posted flowers of these before, but these two flowers are particularly nice.
Clematis 'Bees Jubilee' died so long ago I forgot what it was called and had to look it up. It reappeared a few weeks ago, back from the dead.
Good looking, for a zombie:
Doddering Granny 'Souvenir de la Malmaison', moved from the deep shade of an engulfing citrus tree to a sunny spot near 'Belinda's Dream' #3, is sprouting fresh new growth from old, old wood.
There's life in the old girl yet.
Then there's a flower on Leucadendron 'Pisa', unexpected and unexpectedly not unlike a Clematis in spirit if not in detail.
The roses are awake and fairly gorgeous. Who knows what they will look like in August (probably bad), but for now, a joy.
'Belindas Dream' on the left, 'Easy Does It' on the right. 'Belindas Dream's first round of flowers every spring is never her best; she's a heat lover.
'Fourth Of July', back to beautiful. I pruned it very hard last spring and it had a poor 2015. 2016: all better!
The new bronze-y 'Tropical Lightning' climber leafed out rapidly amidst the volunteer Cerinthe. I see there a surprise bud on the left from 'Ascot', a climber from Germany that doesn't overly like Southern California's chill-free "winter" and endless summer.
'Prospero' among the 'Ambridge Rose's.
I succumbed to a new Austin rose, 'The Poets Wife'. It was the fragrance that did it--strong and sweet. Scentless it would have stayed at the garden center, unregretted. Austins purchased without extensive research into growth habit and zone compatibility are often duds, but the fragrance was not be to resisted.
Own-root 'Snowbird' (1936) took many years (6) to become a decent plant, but it was worth the wait. Fragrant and prolific.
Let us end with the always outstanding 'Brass Band'.
So, that's how the roses and clematis are today--an unpleasantly hot day--but the flowers are lovely, if a bit toasted.