Friday, 28 November 2008

A Rose by any name.......

The roses are just beginning to bloom - it is cooler here due to the higher altitude so the growing season begins later and ends earlier than in other places in Victoria. Many have been planted over the last few years, but not all have survived the winter frosts, those that have are spectacular.

This is an old fashioned climbing hybrid tea rose called 'Meg' that has superb red hips in Autumn.

I think this beauty may be 'Sharifa Asma' - a rose by David Austin

One of my all time favourites - 'Renae' - a repeat flowering climber that has small double blooms, and a gentle fragrance. Vigorous growers, they can reach more than 12 feet in height and two have been planted to grow up the front of my house, then along the roof-line. This one is now about six feet tall and growing strongly. The other one is only 18 inches tall, but valiantly smothered in blooms.

This is really the true colour of 'Altissimo' - a French bred climber with large (4-5") flat blooms. I'm growing it on a trellis in the hope in time it will hide a neighbour's ugly outbuildings!

Obviously not a rose, but Nigella or Love in a Mist - a great annual plant that self seeds, good for filling in spaces, but a potential nuisance if allowed to go too wild.


Doreen G said...

I envy you Sue for having a garden but I am too lazy to be a gardener and it interferes with my stitching--gives me rough hands and the threads get caught in them.
That's my excuse anyway.

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Anonymous said...

What beautiful flowers. You have the best garden anywhere I know. The colors are lovely.

Jude said...

I love that rose, Sharifa Asma, does it have a perfume?

MargB said...

Lovely roses Sue. I miss my Albertine which tried to take possession of the whole roof at our last house. My husband was NOT amused. Nigella is wonderful - one fo my favourite weeds