Thursday, March 24, 2016

How Are The Roses and Clematis?

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.
'Old Port':
 '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. 

17 comments:

  1. Very, very interesting .... so many things came "back from the dead" this spring, violets, roses, mints. I don't understand it. Same problem with David Austins, only real success is 'Tamora' which is an early bloomer like now, this morning (54F) several gorgeous blooms, by this afternoon (81F), blown. Clematis seedling top pic ... a prize-winner!

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    1. The plants are making the most of our pathetic rain total. I love them for it. Try 'Belindas Dream' if you can find it, with afternoon shade. Great rose.

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  2. I am on the cusp of the rose-clem event. It has stopped raining for the time being so the buds may proceed. I think we got your el-nino. It has rained and rained.

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    1. I'm happy somewhere California got rain! Looking forward to photos of your event, please.

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  3. Very beautiful! The way you grow these even in our drought is inspiring.

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    1. It's them, not me. They are wonderful.

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  4. So beautiful - I am so looking forward to the ones I have planted.

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    1. Glad to hear you have planted some, and looking forward to see how they do for you in your new garden.

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  5. I love seeing your rose photos. Wish I could smell them too!

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    1. Happy you like them. They smell great!

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  6. Your garden is looking fabulous! I'm excited when I see 5 fat buds on one of my rose bushes so your garden would certainly give me a heart attack. The Clematis cross seedling is beautiful too, even by the high standards of Clematis.

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    1. Thanks, Kris. Hard to believe everything is doing so well despite stingy rain.

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  7. I'd call in a brass band too if I had so much beauty to crow about.

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    1. I wasn't expecting the roses to look so good! Nice surprise.

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  8. So many roses.... I pulled out yet another rose from my garden that I could not keep healthy without the extensive use of chemicals so out it went. But yours are so beautiful! I do wish my climate was more conducive to growing them.

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