Roses by the Patio
As you walk around the lawn past the big bay window, the many roses in the patio borders can be appreciated. The plantings sprawl over the edge, and I've encouraged Angelica to self-seed in behind. Of course there is a compulsory small red flax shining in the frothy blue sea of catmint.
House Roses by the Patio
The rose on the nearest pergola post, a climbing Masquerade, was brought here sentimentally from my old garden. It gets badly black spotted and rusted, and so after three years of patience I ripped it out. Or so I thought - for the following spring there was a new piece growing. It was reprieved, and I've learnt to enjoy its mixed up red and yellow flowers.
The above roses all grow around the house. So many beautiful colours to enjoy!
The garden outside the side bay window of the house features the rose Westerland, which is supposed to be climbing up the drainpipe. This part of the garden gets baked in the afternoon summer sun.
Plants in this border have to be tough. The soil doesn't retain moisture well, even though each year I apply organic matter and mulch.
The photograph below show the rose Westerland early in its life. There have been many changes since this picture was taken.
westerland rose summer 2003
The planting scheme in this border is not quite what I'd like, particularly when the bright pink Flower Carpet rose is in flower. Why did I plant it in here? I'm too much of a coward to rip it out.
westerland rose summer 2000