Pink Roses for June

June is THE month for roses and there are some lovely pale pink roses blooming this month.

Rosa ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ is a rambling rose growing through the Oak Tree in front of my garden studio.


There are a couple of shrub roses too in the Summer Border. I am sorry to say I have lost track of their names although I distinctly remember writing them on a plan of the border and tucking it away somewhere safe!


I particularly love the rose below which is laden with blooms each year.


Love GillianThere’s nothing quite like the scent of roses to take me back to the summers of my childhood. Gaggles of giggling children performed puppet shows and plays for patient adults, we made dens and stayed outside for hours until we were hauled inside for hot baths and of course we developed our own range of perfume from fallen petals.

Do roses bring back memories for you?

I’m linking with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden today for In a Vase on Monday.

Best Hardy Annuals

There are many annual flowers to grow from seed. So many in fact that it can be hard to choose which to grow. Each year I like to try something new so I select different annual flowers depending on the planting scheme I have in mind. But there are a few that are always on my list…

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The Best Yellow Roses

I love roses. If you read my blog regularly you may already know that!
I love yellow roses in particular. We have several, all climbing the walls here.
Rosa banksii Lutea has clusters of tiny lemon flowers starting early in April.
Rosa Mermaid is an old late single rose, beautiful flowers and vicious thorns. Best of all is Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’.

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Supporting Sweet Peas

Sweet peas are beautiful vigorous tall plants and climb using tendrils to cling on to their support.¬† Growing sweet peas is easy. To help them along when newly planted I tie them onto their canes with soft green string or little plastic coated loops. Then I leave them to get along with it. Once they are established they haul themselves up the canes or trellis with little intervention from me. Usually all I need to do is pick, pick, pick everyday once flowering begins.¬†Sweet Peas are trouble free plants and usually all is well…

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