But it’s not.
They are the stars of the May beauty parade though with their big, beautiful blooms, and their as of now, mostly clean foliage. Like all good Divas, who could blame them for wanting all of the spotlight for themselves.
At the OHS meeting with Mike Shoup, a woman behind me said I should absolutely own ‘Valentine.’ I think she was right. I ordered one this year, and of the three new roses, I bought, ‘Valentine’ is doing the best. You can see just the smallest amount of blackspot at the bottom of her leaves, but well, that’s life.
I think this is one of the prettiest parts of the garden. The Heucheras and hostas were already there, but this year I added the black mondo grass to the mix. I like the way the blooms of the Coral bells echo off of the black of the grass. This area gets morning sun. I hope it won’t be too hot for everything I’ve planted.
Oh, here come the roses again. My blooms aren’t as good as last year. I believe this is due to the cooler temperatures we’ve had. The roses just don’t want to open yet. They think it’s April at best.
However, this is the best year ‘Basye’s Blueberry’ ever had. It’s been stupendous loaded with blooms. Perhaps, it likes cold weather.
The good Baronne is one of the oldest roses growing in my garden, both in the historical sense (1842) and length of time planted here. He dates from a time when every good Lord or Lady was supporting a hybridizer and having a rose named after them. The scent is somewhere between old roses and strawberries. I kid you not.
Below, is another rose from the same time in history. I don’t know who the Marchessa was, but this rose is very pretty and smells divine. Like ‘Valentine’, this is her first year in the garden.
Although it is a beautiful shrub, I don’t think Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, a/k/a Black Lace™ takes a good photo, but I wanted you to see that she has grown tremendously and now surrounds the ‘Miss Kim’ lilac planted next to her. This amazes me because she almost died three times. I believe it was because the soil was too rich. I moved her until I found this spot of unamended, sandy soil where she is very happy.
This bed is just below the one with the black mondo grass, and the two play nicely off of each other. Her flowers are the softest shade of pink, and new growth is green, swiftly turning to dark purple.
I’ll leave you with this photo. It shows one of the four lower beds in the English garden that is my Rosehaven. I planted this with native and prairie flowers, and on the right you can see one of my tomato support structures. In the center, is an orange Penstemon I bought last year from Bustani Plant Farm. Steve had a purple/blue one this year, and it is planted nearby, but you can’t really see it yet. The pink mystery rose is on the fence, and poppies seeded themselves. Also in front is a purple Penstemon ‘Violet Dusk’ I bought last year. The bees think it’s the best thing ever. Penstemons are wonderful for attracting all kinds of pollinators. I have several blooming now in the garden, but I think this is all your browsers can handle for one day.
UPDATE: I was in such a hurry to get this post up later that I forgot to mention that Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day was created by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Head on over to her place to see who else is participating. Mea Culpa, Carol.