Today it is raining and the temperature has dropped 40° overnight. I just cancelled a garden group who were to visit today. I have time on my hands.
Monday was the last day for the blooming of the one flower on my ladyfinger cactus, Echinocereus pentapophus. She has bloomed not stop for 6 days. I shall really miss her.
But taking over is rosa 'Felicia' (1928) Felicia is a repeat flowering Hybrid Musk rose. She is the sweetest rose with clusters of pink flowers which perfume the garden with a baby powder fragrance. I cut this rose right down in February but next year I think I will try to have her grow on some kind of support. Her thin branches have difficulty in holding up the weight of her blooms and I think she would look better as a pillar rose. Because of her modest size she is also well suited to growing in a container.
The other sweet smelling rose, but growing in a different garden, is Zepherine Drouhin (1868). Although described as a repeat bloomer her main bloom time is in the spring when her clusters of cerise flowers perfume the air.
I have three of these roses. The original, in the front garden, never performs as well as this one at the back of the pool garden. As I have mentioned before, this rose appeared after I removed a potted cutting standing in this particular spot. It is in full sun and the branches are allowed to arch and grow in a spontaneous manner. Tension on the branches results in the best blooming with branches studded with blooms along their length. I have another potted rose in the herb garden. She has no flowers this year. All were cuttings from the original rose in the front garden.
They can keep an eye on each other through the archway.
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