My Night Owl climbing rose has started to bloom. It's a vigorous, disease resistant climber that charms me every May with gorgeous flowers. It blooms repeatedly throughout the summer but isn't very fragrant unless you stick your nose right into a bloom. It does well with our high heat and humidity.
Orangish-red and yellow geums grow at its base and clash shamelessly, but I don't mind. They both thrive where they are and the surprising color combination always makes me smile. It's a bit like life - unexpected and odd, but beautiful.
The stems carry mulitple buds which are incredible in bloom. This is a really easy rose to grow.
My Westerland rose is about to bloom! This rose spent last summer fending off the amorous advances of an 'Etoille Violette' clematis determined to love Mr. Westerland anaconda-style. It managed to escape through the fence to the sunny clematis-free open plains of my neighbors yard. I moved it to a sunny, vine-free spot on a fence bordering another neighbor and it's sporting multiple buds. The flowers are a rich apricot color although the buds are safety orange. Weird!
This pink clematis grows along side the Sceptre d'Isle rose pictured at the top. The shrub to the side is a Rose of Sharon, which the clematis has woven itself through.
Pink mystery clematis
A little wren has moved into my red birdhouse!! It only took six years of total vacancy for the birds to realize it was there... This makes up for the fact that some jerk dumped the chickadee nest out of a birdhouse placed close to a fence, killing the eggs. Karma!!
'Baltyk' clematis grow up a trellis in my front yard. Helleri hollies grow in the front. They're a bit boring, but they're evergreen and super tough, so I let them stay.
Holy Toledo, that's a huge geranium!!!