Marguerites and Climbing Roses

I thought that something a little more ‘genteel’ after last weeks’ post would be in order.


Argyranthemum frutescens “Crazy Daisy”

The Marguerite has started blooming and provides a nice contrast to the more saturated colours of the Osteospermums dotted around the garden.

With the warmer weather, the Iceland Poppies are now starting to put on a better display: the little Muscari bulbs have been flowering since late July.


Iceland Poppies

I took advantage of the nice weather on the weekend and dug a new foundation bed. This bed is on the shady, eastern side of the house underneath many established trees, including a large Japanese Maple which has burst into leaf and flower. I just love the translucent green of new spring growth:


Acer palmatum in flower

Given the summer shade, the new bed will have azaleas and hydrangeas (all of these were just grown from cuttings), primroses, tiarellas and other woodland lovers.


New garden bed – mostly just tubestock and cuttings

At the sunny end of the bed, I have planted a Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ shrub – this will pick up the golden hues of the Pencil Pine at the front of the house. Also a couple of other new Japanese Maple seedlings dotted along the beds on either side of the path will make this a very tranquil space, even though at just 8m/24′ wide, it is somewhat narrow.

At the other end of the opposite bed and a suitable distance from the house I planted a Dawn Redwood – Metasequoia glyptostroboides – last summer . Even though the soil here is sandy and rocky which will act as a natural growth inhibitor (the dawn redwood likes deep alluvial soils if it is to reach its full potential), this will still be a big tree in my lifetime: it should grow approximately 1m/3′ each year for the next 20 years, so it will be interesting to track its progress from chest height sapling to forest giant 🙂


Dawn Redwood bursts into leaf

In the food garden, the evergreen blueberries that I planted in July are laden with flowers turning into fruit. The deciduous ones are just coming into bud, so it will be fantastic to be able to pick blueberries from as early as next month until late autumn from just seven little plants


Evergreen blueberry

The strawberries are in flower. One of them, Fragaria ananassa ‘fragoo’ even sports the most delicate pink blossom which is just delightful:


Pretty strawberry blossom

And lastly, one the climbing roses that I planted as bare root stock have started to flower. It sure is a beauty – this one is ‘Blushing Pierre de Ronsard’:


Climbing ‘Pierre de Ronsard’

The idea is to train these up the basement wall, staircase and veranda railings at the front of the house (the other side of the house has climbing Iceberg roses). The old fashioned blooms on this one are very pretty and fragrant.

As always, happy gardening 🙂


7 thoughts on “Marguerites and Climbing Roses

  1. You are making me miss my Zone 7 garden with the acid soil. And Japanese Maples, I have planted a Raggedy Ann Copperleaf to compensate, but it is just not the same.
    I had a Dawn Rewood as well – 20 feet tall in three years!


  2. Thanks – the Copperleaf sounds lovely! (and a pretty close contender for some of the smaller red-leafed Japanese maple varieties).
    I’m hoping the dawn redwood grows that quick – that sounds amazing…there are a few very tall ones in gardens around here, but the cool summers and rocky, sandy soils tend to make them much slower growing than in other parts of the world.


  3. How delightful that it is spring with you; it always cheers me as we go into autumn that somewhere in the world summer is arriving. Dawn Redwood is a very interesting choice of tree! It looks very close to your house for something that will be HUGE! Nice to think of you having a rose that grows in my garden too, ‘Pierre de Ronsard’ is quite slow growing in my tuffo free draining ground, but I’ve seen lots that grow well on heavier soil that are very beautiful.


  4. Thanks all, the camera angle does rather make the dawn redwood look closer than it really is – the house goes into an ‘L’ shape off camera, so the closest point between the basement wall and the tree is 9m/27′ so there should be plenty of room in the future! Not so the fence; which I am expecting to be knocked down by the tree, but the other side is also my land, so it doesn’t really matter 🙂 There is one of the original dawn redwoods planted in a park nearby (from the early 1950’s) and it’s still less than 25m/80′ tall. I think the combination of our cool-ish summers and sandy soils stops them from reaching anywhere near their full potential.
    As for the rose, the old fashioned ones are certainly a favourite – and I hope that it will soften the brickwork of the basement, I always add a fair bit of manure and compost prior to planting, so I’m hoping for luxurious growth 🙂


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