Among the various garden beds on the property there are two that did really well this year. I have been tweaking the rose bed over the years and have never been satisfied. Roses have been planted and dug up and I am slowly coming to the realization that roses and I do not work well together. There are four roses in this bed, one a patio rose, is swamped by a columbine and a masterwort. Father Hugo has already bloomed this spring (and spectacularly too) while Sombreuil, a climbing tea, and Muscosa or Old Pink Moss, have yet to bloom.
|Rosa hugonis or Father Hugo|
So over the past few years I have slowly altered the plants in this bed, adding Max Frei geraniums and two types of Willow Blue Star. My motto is keep adding what is already doing well. And so I am. The colour combination to my eyes is wonderful.
From the left is peony Miss America, wild columbine, Willow Blue Star, Max Frei geranium and a dwarf variety of Blue Star. The columbine seeded itself there and has been left for the season. Fortunately you can not see the patio rose and the masterwort duking it out.
|Ninebark and Japanese maple|
|Allium cernum in bud|