Sunday, July 27, 2014

Midsummer Roses

It is the end of July, and as always at this time of year, most roses have grown too big and no longer show any sign of ever having been pruned.

Jude the Obscure vying for supremacy with a neighbor's palm tree. I am afraid I know who will win.

The garden is getting out of hand.

Crépuscule embracing a penstemon
I will be busy in the next few days: most climbers need their new canes tied in...

Mme. Bérard

... and rugosa suckers, trying hard to blend in with my perennials, need to be evicted, yet again.

'Purple Pavement' poking its far-reaching tentacles everywhere I look.

Hopefully, it won't be long before visitors stop eyeing my messy garden with disapproval :).

Nevertheless, I have still managed to enjoy the roses' second flush, now mostly over. Despite the heat, some flowers lasted long enough for me to take pictures :) and here they are.

Federico Casas


Heinrich Wendland

Sir Henry Segrave with Angel Face behind

'Lykke Dazla'

Break o'Day

Rosa californica 'First Dawn' bloom...

...and hips

Souvenir de la Malmaison

Classic Woman

Tiascha, bloom...

...and whole plant, very ungainly

Ulrich Brunner, fils

Zéphirine Drouhin

Beauté de l'Europe

Hermann Lindecke

Prinzessin Marie von Arenberg

A cluster of Penelope looking down on 'Benny Lopez'

Mme. Isaac Pereire


Basye's Purple Rose looking a bit chlorotic

Jude the Obscure