It has begun!
The roses are blooming!
Honey Perfume wins the honour of being the first rose to bloom this year. As you can see, she starts off as a beautiful golden honey yellow, and then fades to a gorgeous apricot as she opens. By the end she’s the palest of peaches.
I have to admit, I’m a little dissapointed with my new rose – Chinook Sunrise. This is what I was expecting.
And at first that’s what they look like…
… for five minutes, but as soon as the sun hits them…
… bam – tiny flowers, wide open with barely any petals.
I wrongly assumed it was a large-bloomed Tea Rose from the picture on the label. But I should have done my homework – it’s a shrub rose. When it’s done blooming, I’ll probably move it to a spot out front that’s better for a shrub rose. I’ll look for something better for this space in a month or so.
And that’s not to say I’m against shrub roses, per se…
This is Navy Lady, my only other shrub rose . She sits at the corner where the driveway and walkway meet. This means I have to keep her well trimmed (she likes to snag my dresses as I pass by), but she’s a real beauty once she gets blooming.
Her blooms are small, but many-petaled, and are the most beautiful shade of deep, rich red I’ve ever seen.
Still, the Tea Roses are my favourite (Floribundas like Honey Perfume are a close second)
This beautify is Garden Party/ I usually only get a couple blooms off her, because she doesn’t get as much sun as she should. Perhaps I should put her where Chinook Sunrise is… she’s a beauty that really deserves a chance to shine.
And though not a rose…
I just have to share my peonies. They are so big and beautiful this year. Unfortuantely they are also leaning over like mad because they are so top heavy. Neighbour Krista used tomato cages to keep hers upright, so I will have to try that for next year. I’ll probably clip the really floppy ones here and make a bouquet for the house.
It’s also Dianthan season
I have a couple of each of these in almost every colour they come in. I bought them as “annuals” several years back. But they come back every year and put on an incredible show in June. If you’re looking for bang for you buck (they are usually only a few dollars a plant), these are a winner.
Lily season has also begun. So far it’s just my trumpet lilies, but there’s lots more colourful lilies to come!