I know you’ve all heard about the rain in Seattle…but these grey skies and downpours this week are ridiculous! Just as my roses, poppies and peonies are beginning to open up, a week of full rain is predicted. Which means, these heavy blooms will likely be enjoyed from inside the house.
Right now the blooming plants in my walkway to the front door is lined by Polar Joy Rose Trees, and Sarah Bernhardt Peony. This is one of my most favorite views in the garden!
The archway will be covered by Blush Noisette Climbing Roses along with Zephirine Drouhin Climbing Rose by the end of the summer. I can’t wait to see how this will look! Previous years I enjoyed a Rene Climbing Rose, however I found it to become leggy and the blooms only seemed to appear at the top of the arch. The two newly planted climbers will bloom from the base all the way to the tallest branch. This photo is an up-close of the pretty blooms that are from the Blush Noisette.
Sarah Bernhardt Peony is beginning its show of blooms along the walkway too! I have ten Sarah Bernhardt Peony shrubs that line the walkway, but have planted several throughout the gardens. I had to plant more so I have enough to cut and bring inside as well! It took them a few years to get “happy” and prolific ~ but now they are all so dreamy!
Also along the walkway I have a few blooming foxglove. I struggle with having these in my garden beds,as they are toxic to domestic pets. I keep a close eye on these (and my pooches) and will immediately cut them back when they are through blooming. They are just such a pretty asset to the cottage gardens.
Another one of my great ‘loves’ is poppies! the more the better! This rain that we have been blessed with does not allow a very long bloom time for these beauties! Must enjoy them while we can!
The “show” from my Bearded Iris’s are coming to an end as well ~ the rain has bent over what is left of these blooms in my landscape.
The roses are arriving in full full force (loving it) but are needing some attention as with all of this rain, the dreaded “blackspot” in the gardens have returned!
Spiderwort is another favorite in my garden that has appeared this week. Along with the row’s of Lady’s Mantle that line the grass.
Looks like my Japanese Snowbell tree’s will be blooming soon, I am really looking forward to this! I have both the white and the pinks this year!
Hoping ya’ll are having some sunshine where you are! The days are grey & rainy here in Seattle, but the gardens seem to be enjoying the weather, things are coming up nicely here!
I’m looking forward to seeing all the posts shared at this weeks Cottage Garden Party! Please do share the party with gardening friends! Thanks so much for coming by and taking a peek at Fishtail Cottage’s gardens this week!
To see what else I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie