Okay... that's a bit of a stretch since the roses are NOT red and the blue is NOT a violet!
Perhaps you remember this rose? It's the Bolero rose I bought this year at Molbak's in Woodinville, WA. I did finally get it planted along the driveway and the retaining wall that my husband built last year... along with four other roses, two hydrangeas, lupines, lime thyme, iris and boxwood... wow until I said all that I was thinking the bed was kind of bare!
The first of my three David Austin roses is blooming. This one is Grace. An apricot colored rose with a "warm scent". This one was picked out specifically for this spot since it gets a bit of shade and this rose can take a little shade. We have a locust "tree" that started as a bush 8 years ago... now it's a HUGE tree, hence the need for a shady spot kind of rose.
The roses are still fairly small but doing quite well.
We originally had some roses along the driveway... but with the retaining wall the bed got moved slightly. Some of the roses were in bad shape and none of them made the transplant transition....
Sooooo, early this spring I started researching old garden roses. Specifically the David Austin English Roses. David Austin English roses combine the fragrance of old roses with the repeat flowers of modern roses.
Next of the three David Austin's is Queen of Sweden. This one is a pale pink. The blooms are cupped, like a peony and like Bolero pictured above. The fragrance on this one is a myrrh fragrance. This rose is known to be upright and bushy. And like all David Austin English Roses, a repeat bloomer. I think this one is going to be my favorite... but don't tell the others.
Lots and lots of little baby roses... I can hardly wait.
Finally of the three David Austin's is Winchester Cathedral. This rose is a white rose, with a touch of pink in the center... I suppose that is why the buds are looking a bit pink now. This rose has an old rose scent with a touch of honey and almonds. It is also the largest of the three with a size of 4 feet by 4 feet. It's location is away from the other two David Austin's and the Bolero rose, down towards the end of the driveway where the wall is the highest. I picked this one for the size and the scent.
Here's a rather ugly view looking up the driveway from under the locust tree. You can some lupines, lime thyme (a fabulous ground cover that doesn't get too tall and scraggly), then Grace, Queen of Sweden, Bolero and finally at the "top" is the boxwood. If you look closely you can also see Molly, our 16 year old mini dachshund (she's the little black blob on the grass). And all those little white petals on the ground? Well last year, for the first time, the locust tree flowered... just a few. This year it is covered with flowers and is kind of pretty despite it's killer-big thorns.
Finishing off the lawn around the retaining wall, curb and driveway is on my husband's to do list...
Soon the lupines will be in their glory. I have a special spot in my heart for lupines... they really shout "cottage garden" to me. The existing lupines were dug up to build the retaining wall and the flower bed was changed a bit... I did save their seeds and also added a couple of purchased lupines so that I'd have some right away. I'm not really a very patient gardener.
So that sums up the "red and blue" tour. Our weather has been quite beautiful... and warm which I know the plants are loving. And I think perhaps my dogs think so too....
They like to lounge around the yard in the evenings while I putter around and water.
And by the way... I'm a bit of a novice at this rose thing... so if you have any tips and tricks, well please share!