I expected the rose garden to be lovely in June. I had planned for continuous succession of flowers, but I didn’t realise it would be delighting me quite so much in July.
I am taking a ridiculous number of photos.
It’s just that there are so many lovely textures. Ticklish ones…
Soft, bouncy ones…
Heavy, nodding ones…
light, dangly ones…
Stiff, spiky ones…
And light-as-a-feather ones.
When you brush your fingers through the salvia it releases its powerful smell. It is almost astringent. I’m never sure if I like it.
Whilst Phlox smells (and tastes) slightly of honey.
When I was taking a photo in the middle of the bed, I kept getting warm waves of Rosa ‘Hansa’, a rich old rose scent.
The scent seemed all the stronger in the sun, and perhaps because the blooms were just going over.
Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ just invites a nose with every bloom.
The flowers are perfectly nose-shaped.
She is cool and fresh in the morning,
Heady in the afternoon (this bumble bee is so intoxicated he has fallen asleep inside her):
and thoughtful in the evening.
‘Lady Em’ looks delicious with Penstemon ‘Raven’.
Penstemon ‘Raven’ is another July favourite, taking over from Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’.
It combines well with everything. Hemerocallis ‘Zagora’…
And with Geranium ‘Azure Rush’ and Phlox paniculata ‘Purple Flame’.
Rosa ‘Boscobel’ too has been flowering his socks off.
He too looks good with the ‘POW!’ cartoon splat of Hemerocallis ‘Zagora’.
And with a blast of phlox.
Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’ has been providing some welcome icy cool.
Its paleness balances nicely with the gentle Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’.
And provides a ghostly haze for Agastache ‘Blue Boa’.
Although Agastache is good at producing its own aura.
Here is Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’ again, being warmed in the glow of Geranium psilostemon.
Now some punch with Hemerocallis ‘Summer Wine’.
I do love the opulent texture of Hemerocallis. It looks incredibly expensive.
In case I get ideas above my station, let me just gaze at this fallen phlox flower.
And a simple little Geranium ‘Sirak’.
And the airy lightness of Geranium ‘Orion’ with Rosa ‘England’s Rose’.
A brilliant rose for quiet contemplation is ‘Jubilee Celebration’.
And there is something scholarly and ecclesiastic about Erodium manescavii.
I think I can get away with one final gratuitous rose photo. Lose yourselves in the depths of ‘Lady of Megginch’.
I’m not sure how long this rose garden can keep up the good work. It is far more than I could have hoped for when I was bashing away with my pickaxe in the winter. I think I can put away my plan and just let it evolve.