A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Old Friends and New Friends

Like everyone else, I lost a few plants this year due to the weather extremes. I was sad to lose them but since I have a habit of trying different flowers every year, I know that I have exciting things to look forward to as well as welcoming back old friends in the garden.

More iris is beginning to bloom. This white one should be a “Weirdness Chronicle”.

I have white iris, but not in this clump. I’ve never seen white in this spot before. It looks good next to the Harrison’s Yellow rose. I’m pretending that I am a great designer and deliberately planned it that way.

I still don’t like this mustard yellow iris.

This iris was labeled as a Japanese iris and it blooms with the Japanese iris, but it looks more like a Siberian iris to me.

Here’s an old friend I haven’t seen in a long time. I thought it had died out.

An all-purple, nearly black columbine. Maybe I should have made this a Weirdness Chronicle” also!

And here is a new friend:

Ruby Port columbine. It’s a new form for me. I’ve never grown columbine without spurs. I like it.

Another rose is blooming.

Baronne Prevost

And, finally, a flower that always puts a smile on my face because it looks like it has a smile on its face.



At 9:15 PM, Blogger Xris said...

Baronne Provost is one of the roses I've thought of adding to my front yard heirloom garden. What do you think of it?

At 1:36 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Xris, I love it! It grows and blooms beautifully for me in part shade although it would prefer full sun. The flower size, shape, scent and color are perfect too.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Xris said...

Any pest or disease problems? I saw the plant in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cranford Rose Garden last year. Granted it was the end of the summer and long part the blooming season, but it looked like hell!

How big do you think it would get in full sun?


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