Thursday, 4 June 2009


Edward Elgar

Rosa Galica Officinalis

The other half or the vegetables I forgot about in my last post.

Rambling Rector hiding the working area and compost heaps.

Courgettes grown on last years compost heap by the end of this season the compost is rotted into a fine tithe. The odd bit of stick not composted gets thrown back for another year.

Another photo of Goldfinch.
Vielchenblau is just starting to flower but lots of buds so it should be a picture.

Now I seem to have mislaid the name of this rose. I think it is an Old rose and I wondered if it could be Centifolia any suggestions?

A cutting of Albertine taken by Rebecca when she was a small child over 20 years ago.

New Dawn growing up the front of the House even against the white it is attractive amongst it's green foliage. What a pity it only has one flowering but never mind I popped a Clematis Jackmanii Superba in at the bottom. The original Jackmanii which was on the other side seems to have fizzled out. Perhaps someone was over zealous at pulling out ground elder or perhaps it just got too dry.


  1. You have some beautiful roses there Joanne and I do admire your veg patch. Is that box edging ? Here my 'New Dawn' has just opened. I great fun this evening watching a bee in the centre of one of her flowers.

  2. Hi Anna That was a quick comment.

    Yes it is actually hedgeing that you can see in this photo. I have edgeing on the other side.
    I grew them from cuttings and had already taken about 500 of hedgeing before I realised I needed the dwarf sufruticosa. So I dashed off to Wisley about 15 mins away and they just had two plants left so I started taking cuttings from them.

    They are both good for around the vegeables and make the garden more furnished especially in winter.

  3. Joanne have have been reading about you and lyme disease. Here in the many people are affected by it! I know several people who have it. I actually pulled a tick off of my husbands head on Sunday! We were out working. I am so happy that you were properly diagnosed and treated, even though it took some time. What a blessing. I am moved beyond wonderful to be back moving around again doing what you love. God Bless you!

    Now for my original comment...your veggie garden is UNREAL!!!!! The roses are just gorgeous...the first one is my fave

  4. How many gardeners did you say you employ?

    That garden looks unbelievable.
    The box hedges alone take lots of (wo)man hours to keep looking that good.

    I am sitting here in tears this evening about half my garden covered in green/white/blackfly, and the rest eaten by caterpillars, sucked dry by cuckoo spit and crawling with earwigs.

    And you manage to display all that perfection. What am I doing wrong? The only green fingers I can show are the ones where I have yet again squashed hundreds of greenfly with. Joanne, can you tell I am getting pretty down about gardens and gardening all of a sudden? Do you feel like that at times? Overwhelmed by the uphill struggle to try and cope without spraying?

  5. No kidding.
    As if all that perfection isn't enough, wonderwoman grows box hedges from cuttings as well!
    And living 15 minutes from Wisley is the best bit of gardening I can imagine :-)
    You lucky thing. I would go walkies there every day and forget about having a garden of my own.

  6. The hedges around your gardens are beautiful. I've never seen anything like that before - just called Bob in to see them I was so impressed!
    Your Edward Elgar rose just looks like it smells heavenly and also the New Dawn - beautiful! How I'd love to see your gardens!

  7. I love the style of your garden. All your roses and your vegetable beds are just so pretty. How neat to have the cutting from when your daughter was little end up being so big and beautiful.

  8. Hi Joanne! I already complimented your vegetable garden before, but I should say again that I like it! Roses are... roses, nothing can beat them!

  9. Dirt Princess I am heartened that you read my details on Lyme Disease and that so many people are becoming more aware. I do hope you consider prophalactec antibiotics for your husband. Sometimes by the time you realise you have Lyme Disease it has then disseminated through your system and can become hard to get rid off. Although some people get positive blood tests and remain without symptoms for many many years and then it can start up after something else affects your immune system.

    I am playing the lovely music from your blog while I reply to your comment.

    Joco The camera is very kind and does not show up the many weeds. I don't spray against flies but I did put a strong jet on the broad bean tops to douse the blackfly when I hosed last night. I also use my fingers to squash greenfly when I find time. Yes I keep promising myself a trip to Wisley but I have been so busy. Mike does the hedge/edge cutting.

    RainGardener I am glad you like the box it has been well worth the effort. Yes it is a pity Blogger can't transmit perfume. Who needs uppers or alcohol when you can get such a high on perfume. Actually I have not had a drink for nearly 4 years due to Lyme Disease.

    Catherine when we planted Rebecca's cutting (the parent died as it had too much sun baking it against the house wall) Rebecca said she wanted it to flower round her bedroom window. It did actually mange to do this before she flew the nest.

    Tatyana Thanks.

    I started this blog just for gardening but I clearly get side tracked by Lyme. On the right there is a link into Lewis Jeynes his is such a tragic story of decline into ill health a failure of our Medical system and at last a dignosis. I look forward to seeing his progress into better halth.

  10. Oh I have rose envy, I love all the old ones you have. My garden is still pretty young, I love how developed yours is. Beautiful! ~Brooke

  11. Hi Brooke
    I just popped over to your place waw what a lovely home garden and lake.

    I like your expression developed hmm!overgrown is another way to describe most people when they visit say Oh I love a wild garden!

  12. Too gorgeous, I an so jealous I am going to go and look at someone else's blog now....x

  13. Hi Carrie Nice to hear from you

  14. More beautiful roses - Edward Elgar is a delight. I just wish I could smell them.

  15. Aren't they nice. I bet Albertine from a cutting is particularly satisfying.

  16. Your garden is unbelievable! So beautiful! It's what I would aspire to have some day. So glad I stopped by for a visit. :) -Jackie

  17. Joanne- your garden is phenomenal. I am so impressed by all I see. I especially love your veggie garden. Well done!

  18. Happy Mouffetard yes He is lovely. It is raining here too today very much needed and gentle at present but I wish I'd piked some roses before the rain.
    Rob Yes very infact growing anything from cuttings is always satisfying but then I have to offload on my visitors because I grew too many.
    Ellie Mae's Cottage Thank you nice of you to join me.
    Heather Thank you

  19. Lovley roses, Jo. My Rosa gallica officinalis is at least 2-3 weks behind yours at present ;-)

    Your vegetable garden looks spectacular. I had to give up growing vegetables on a large scale as my poor body couldn't take all the hard work involved,but I appreciate seeing a really beautiful display and your is fab.

  20. Fabulous photo's lovely flowers and I really want an Albertine Rose. Your garden is looking so good and the veg coming on nicely.

  21. My English Country Garden Thank you for your comments. I started with a few suckers from my Dad's Rosa Gallica Officinalis many years ago and as they sucker so I now have many plants around the garden.Three were moved to make room for different rose bushes but I see this year again suckers have popped up and are flowering amongst the other roses. I haven't the heart to chop them out until they finnish flowering.

    Anyone wanting to build up a cottage style garden quickly would do well to get one of these roses and let it run. Same follows for Rosa Mundi and Charles de Mills and no doubt others too.Both of which I had as sucker's from Dad's roses.

    I prune Officinalis back to about 8" a tip I picked up whilst visiting Down House the home of Charles Darwin folloeing his excellent example of observation it has worked for me. The other two i prune back a third they don't respond well to hard pruning the same.

    Mike does much work with the vegetables and infact has done all of the gardening during the last few years of ill health so as you can imagine now I am so well it is such a joy to garden again.

    Maureen Thanks

  22. LOVE the boxwood hedges. They make the garden look so traditional like an old potager. I'm in the midst of designing ours and if we had more summer rain I'd put in hedges too.