This is the second season for the roses growing along the pergola and finally they're getting some height. In rude health is 'Rambling Rosie', one of those rarest of things, a repeat flowering rambler. Introduced in 2006, this modern scrambler is unique to Peter Beales Roses in the UK.
I appreciate her saucer shaped flowers, not overly blousy unlike some of the roses I have, just a bit more subtle. That said, when she achieves maturity growing to some three metres or so, I'm hoping that the blooms en-masse will be really something.
Another multiflora rambler though non- repeating is 'Mrs. F.W. Flight'. It was a toss up between this one and 'American Pillar', but mildew fears and ultimately the quirky name led to the choice. She's slowly travelling skyward at either end, patience is a virtue.
Below is 'Danse du Feu' a rose which struggled for a couple of years. Entirely my fault, I planted her in place of an old rose which had been growing exactly where she is now, along side the tobacco drying barn and she almost didn't make it. Rose replant sickness I'm sure, but last year she started to pick up and growth has accelerated this season. Hooray.
The blooms are descibed as solid brick red, but in reality they're darker than that and have an almost 'crepe' paper quality to them.
Finally, growing through a gap in the terrace (really) is an as yet to be identified stunner. This is another rose, along with 'Golden Showers' that's been here for at least twenty years and is glorious in late May, early June.
Last year she'd started to succumb to powdery mildew and I feared the worst. Back in February I cut her back hard. Literally there were just three twiggy stems when I finished pruning and although most reliable wisdom dictates I'd done the right thing, still there's always doubt.
The blooms are profuse and in clusters. Very delicate, highly scented and a perfect blush. The show will be over soon as the vine thickens up, it's canopy limiting the light and things will get leggy underneath. Such is the way but then I'm always glad of the welcome shade on hot Summer days.
In many ways this rose resembles 'White Pet' excepting that she's at least double the size. I wonder.