I turned my back on the Rose Above & Beyond—and one year later!

Rosa Above and Beyond May 2018 cropped

This huge, magnificent climber is so happy, so gorgeous, so profuse.  I haven’t tied it up yet, though I put nice, sturdy wires for it right at the beginning.  But it has managed to tuck itself in behind some of the wires. 

This year spring was so late—and then so sudden—that somehow there were always more urgent chores to do.  And this just looks magnificent.

I see it whenever I am ironing–and somehow I am ironing more often 😉. And I see it every time I come home and park the car. 

It is also quite fragrant, so the whole back of the house sings with it.

 

Poppies & Nepeta & Ferns & Oh My

People often ask me, “What’s your favorite plant?”  My answer is always the same.  It depends.  Partly it’s the old song, “When I’m not with the plant I love I love the plant I’m with.”  But I think maybe the answer really is, Poppies.  Specifically red Poppies.  Annuals, Papaver rhoes –Flanders Poppies or Corn Poppies —  as here, scattered in the Nepeta, the beginning of my succession garden.   Nepita edit

But also the perennial Poppies, Papaver orientale Beauty of Livermere,

much taller and more dramatic.Papaver orientale beauty of livermere in nepeta

I am hoping these will be available this fall for next year’s bloom.