Each morning, I try to take five or ten minutes to visit the garden before work.
It is a time for checking in with what is happening.
I planted six new roses eighteen months ago, and so this will be their second summer. They are loaded with buds. This one is the English rose ‘Boscobel’. I love this moment. There is so much anticipation encapsulated in these sprays of buds. All that colour, texture, scent, beauty…waiting to unfurl.
The garden has boundless generosity.
There are new surprises every day.
Today I enjoyed the new flowers of Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ against a backdrop of the palest peach peony, ‘Callie’s Memory’.
All week I have been watching the buds of sweet william, to see which nest will hatch the first flower. Could it be this one?
Oh! This one!
This is one of my favourite June geraniums, ‘Sirak’. I love the pencilling on the petals, and the light fuzz which covers the flower-buds and stems.
I have been anticipating the intersectional peony ‘Watermelon Wine’. The buds broke this week, and did not disappoint.
This peony is mouth-watering. There is a lightness to intersectional peonies. Where herbaceous peonies are a full petticoat of taffeta and tulle, intersectional peonies are a swishy silk skirt on bare legs.
The petals glow in the morning sun. The dew-drops seem to iridesce. Whilst the petals are glowing, warm pink, the dew-drops have a cooler tinge of blue.
There are many more varieties of peony to come. The ants are fussing around these buds, like an entourage around a star. A bit of bronzer here, a highlight there. It is nearly ready to burst out onto the stage.
My earliest herbaceous peony is ‘Coral Charm’.
This has every shade of peach and pink within its bloom.
Some of the roses are approaching their moment. This is the English rose, ‘Princess Anne’.
Each and every bloom is perfection. They start out warm pink, and then they take on a lilac-blue tinge. I will capture this in another post. Really, this rose deserves a whole post to itself.
By next week the rose garden will be overflowing, cascading, with flowers. I will be spoilt for choice for what to photograph. I hope you will join me. I never quite know what I am going to post about until the garden shows me. It might be planting combinations, or it might be a selection of peonies or roses at their best. Let me know if you would like any particular angle, and I will see if the muse strikes!
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