Welcome to my garden in all her late Spring glory. For the garden tour I am wearing cinnamon cotton pants paired with a saffron and pink shirt from Luisa Cerrano topped with one of my all time favourites, a chartreuse linen duster from Apuntob.
When we purchased our house over 40 years ago the garden consisted of an old mulberry tree (still here and fruiting every year) , a few hydrangeas , a flowering cherry and two japonicas. In the early years most of our time and money was spent renovating the house with scant regard to the garden.
My first planting was a Guelder rose (or snowball tree) as there was a magnificent tree in our family garden and I was keen to preserve the memories . I also planted a few camellias , now fully grown trees that delight every Spring.
Roses had always been a great love of mine , particularly old roses and David Austin Roses, for their form and their wonderful scent , no point in growing roses without scent in my book. The pretty pink climbing rose on the side fence is Constance Spry and she has a luscious must scent.
This luscious blowsy one is another David Austin , The Dark Lady.
The rose walk is planted with white and yellow roses, Crepuscule is the name of the buff yellow one at the entrance. Two white heritage rose , Sombreuil and Lamareque make quite a statement with their abundance of blooms .
You can see the two white roses to the left of the cottage . Clever husband built the cottage over 20 years ago and it is his workshop. I planted a white garden at the front of the cottage but this not entirely successful, work needed this Autumn.
The white rose is a damask , Mme Hardy and only flowers once but the abundance of flowers and their fragrance make up for this. The unusual blue ixia reminds me of my late mother as they were always in her garden, the pink rose is The Childrens Rose.
Until this year I have never had any luck growing peonies but this Winter I decided to give it one last chance. I bought three root stock plants from a grower at our local market and viola I have a total of 8 flowers , I am over joyed.
Teasing Georgia , a David Austin, with lupins and more white climbers in the background.
The white trellis Summer House ( also built by my clever husband)and surrounding garden is our family tribute to our daughter India, who passed away from a brain tumour in 2001. Pink was her favourite colour , hence a selection of various pink roses, Sharifa Asma, Pierre de Ronsard , New Dawn.
More rambling white roses Adelaide d’Orleans, Felicite et Perpetue , Rambling Rector with some of the many self sown lupins that seem to be taking over , they are so pretty I don’t have the heart to remove them this year.
I enjoy growing old roses for both their scent and the history.This soft pink one is Fantin- Latour , the first old rose I acquired. The variegated one is Variegata de Bologna and dates to the turn of the century.The scent of theses roses is like stepping back in time.
I do hope you have enjoyed a wander around my garden today.
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