Summer roses

Yellow isn’t normally a colour I would choose for the garden or in other areas of my life. I can’t wear yellow without looking rather ill and although it can lift spirits on a dull day there is very little yellow in my life. The exception to this, rather surprisingly perhaps, is my garden. Daffodils are one of my favourite flowers and planted quite a few in the garden. Other than that there isn’t much yellow but there is more than I would have included had I designed the planting from scratch.

We made a lot of changes to our garden when we moved in 7 years ago with a completely new layout and a bigger decked area for outdoor relaxing. In an attempt to keep costs down a bit we kept some of the plants that were already in place and quite a few of these are yellow – a mahonia, a lovely Sophora microphylla ‘Sun King’ which is under planted with bright yellow/orange Alstroemerias and this really lovely rose.

 

Yellow climbing rose

Yellow climbing rose

Love roses!

Love roses!

This rose has obviously loved the wet weather we have had and hasn’t looked so good! It has also started growing towards the bottom of the plant to give us flowers all the way up the wall.

Buds and healthy growth lower down

Buds and healthy growth lower down

A close look at these buds shows those pesky little rose pests, greenfly! Not a serious problem but they can weaken the rose if their population gets too high on the plant so I planned to wash or wipe off the greenfly with water. But on even closer inspection……..

Pest control

Pest control

My ‘wildlife gardening’ approach is working!

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