The contestants vying for the spot as biggest vine in the garden are the Lady Bank's rose, Rosa banksiae 'Lutea', in the front garden. Without fail she has bloomed every year with every bit of vigor she could muster. Neither deep freezes nor drought seem to stop her. With temperatures soaring into the 80s for the last week she has opened every bud for another amazing show.
She blooms on both sides of the wall and is heading up into the oak trees.
She's trouble free. No bugs no diseases-just how I like it.
The second contestant is the cross vine, Bignonia capreaolata. She would probably win the prize for climbing higher into the trees, but on the wall behind the swimming pool she has to contend with completely enveloping the top, sides and end of the wall.
I enjoy both these show stopping blooms from inside the house, too.
Give them both the prize.
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