From eminent commentor Raven:
I’m not big on descriptions but these are picture of the yard beginning with the cherry blossoms and wisteria mixed together.
She planted wildflowers on the side of the house and the roses are the centerpiece of the backyard.
We also took down a big bradford pear and started butter beans in a bed where it was.
IIRC, the sprawling (climbing) rose in the second picture above is Zephirine Drouhin, an heirloom dear to my heart. The two we planted by our front door almost 20 years ago are just sprouting fat buds, here in New England, where the rich scent of their blooms will perfume our yard shortly after the lilacs now doing so give up. The bushes will keep flowering, off and on, all summer and well into fall, sometimes throwing out one last perfect rose as late as November. They are ‘messy’ bushes, shooting out canes that need to be tied out of the way, prone to yellowing leaves (mildew) and extremely attractive to aphids & Japanese beetles. But they’re lovely to look at, delightful to smell, just about thornless, and extremely forgiving of both neglect and erratic weather. Great choice for those of us who don’t have the skill or patience to be serious rose gardeners!
Spring continues to be frustrating here, but we’re finally getting some warm dry Spring days to highlight the transition from dreary mud season to humid high summer. I’ve just planted out some mail-order sweet peas — high hopes for these, even if last year’s delightfully scented plants didn’t self-seed as promised — and have another batch of freshly-deboxed tomatoes to transfer into rootpouches later today. No annuals (yet) this year, since the Spousal Unit doesn’t trust the local nurseries (or, rather, the other clients at those nurseries), but the irises are blooming along with the lilacs. Also the blue-purple vinca, which is everywhere, but I can’t praise that while I’m busy ripping up patches of the Spousal Unit’s favorite all-purpose ground cover!
What’s going on in your gardens, this week?