From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

                          Or the other way round.

Everything seems to be coming all at once. Not that I am complaining far from it, the whole area is so lush.


One job I must get on with is getting rid of the spring bulb leaves then that will give me more space for hardy annuals. The roses have started to flower quite early this year, this is a selection of just a few.


    Roseraie de l’ Hay.

Maybe this rose is now seen too much in council hedging schemes, but I think it is a sumptuous rose. Flowering all summer long, the foliage is always healthy, the blooms when not weather beaten are perfect and the perfume is strong. Need I say more.


       Rosa x var.spontanea ‘Canary Bird’

      The very last bloom on this early rose, always a welcome sight in the spring.



      Grown from a cutting taken from a garden belonging to an old lady back in the 1990’s. She was going to move to a smaller house so took me around her garden and gave me cutting after cutting of many beautiful roses. So many of them struck and my garden has benefited from this wonderful gift. Nevada is on a low trellis screening the White Garden from the greenhouse. As it is a once flowering rose with only perhaps a few solitary flowers later on, I grow it along side Clematis viticella Alba Luxurians and Akebia Quinata. I always say where you can grow one climber you can grow three (or more ).


     Rosa Moyesii.

  Another old shrub rose with superb flagon shaped hips. Bought from David Austin Roses about 25 years ago. This grows in amongst Cotinus ‘Notcutt’s Variety’, the foliage complimenting the colour of the rose well.


        Golden Showers.

       A modern climber, Golden Showers very apt as I have just run the gauntlet in the pouring rain to go and find it’s name. A good general climbing rose grown on a pillar along side a viticella clematis with small purple hanging bells. This clematis seeds about quite a bit but that can only be a bonus.



  Well the beginnings of, but what a clematis !! No idea which it is but it’s stunning, just hope the flowers last long enough for me to see it flower among the rose.

   And now for the sublime….


    Maianthemum henryi BWJ7616

Bought on one of our forays to North Wales and Crug Farm Plants. A tiny flower, scented if you can get down that far, followed by fleshy red fruits. This is a woodland plant grown by Sue and Bleddyn Wynn Jones, from seed that they have collected from around the world. If you have been following Chelsea then you will have seen the exhibit inspired by Wardian Cases, well all the plants in that display came from Crug.


     Polygonatum SBQE310.

    A tiny polygonatum growing to only20 cms, having tiny pinky/purple flowers. This would grow in a well drained front of the border, but I don’t think you would see the lovely little flowers. I have had mine in a pot since 2001 and only increased the size of the pot twice. This plant along with many others came from Kevin Pratt at Poppy Heads Ltd. I don’t think that the nursery exists anymore as I cannot find it on line, but I do know that he did gives/gave talks to groups. So if anyone knows if he still sells plants I would love to know.

So I have taken you from some of the big and blousey to the small diminutive flowers that are blooming at the moment in my garden. There will be many more to come …I hope you enjoy the journey.








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19 responses to “From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

  1. My daughter is keen for us to get some roses. Maybe I shall get one soon but not sure where to put it until my flower garden is a little more sorted.

    Yours look lovely anyway.


  2. Lovely Sue, you seem to like single roses, they are my favourites too. Your garden looks so pretty. Is that a white Wisteria?
    I went to Crug last week. Their garden looked wonderful with so many beautiful foliage plants. I bought a few plants but they are rather expensive which is only to be expected as they are so rare.


    • It is a white wisteria, if you read my post from last year it will tell you about a dear friend and the wisteria.
      We manage to get to Crug every 2 or 3 years, and yes they are expensive and I too have to limit myself. But you do know that you are getting something a bit different and possibly rare. I get goose bumps when I go round…I’m in awe of them.


  3. Absolutely gorgeous – you have a beautiful collection of roses!


  4. You’re surrounded by nature’s beauty. 🙂 Your Clematis is outstanding. My roses all took a tremendous hit from our wicked winter. When I got done pruning off the dead branches, they’ll be doing well to just survive the summer.


  5. Kevin visited our gardening society in January Sue and is returning later this year. As far as I know he does not have a nursery now but does bring surplus plants when he gives talks to groups. If there is anything that you are particularly after it might be worthwhile sending him an email 🙂


  6. Roses and Clematis – perfect! I love Roseraie de l’Hay, it doesn’t matter it is used everywhere it is a wonderful rose.


  7. I love your Lush!!! Could your clematis be General Sikorski, or is yours paler than that? Didn’t know the name of the ‘council’ rose, so thanks for that – and a fragrance as well. No wonder it is used a lot! I agree with you about the climbers 🙂


  8. diversifolius

    Wonderful to have space for so many roses! Maianthemum henryi and the small Polygonatum are very special plants – I envy you for being able to buy from Crug Farm.


  9. stachyurus

    He certainly does still have a nursery but it’s called Village Plants Nursery Hazel Grove website is 500 rare plants open retail and supplies botanical gardens with unusual plants.
    All the best,
    Kevin Pratt 😉


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