I thought I would do a few posts on what is in bloom just now, selecting plants by colour. I am starting with pink. Because so far we have had a relatively cool (as well as very wet) summer, many of the things that normally would have finished blooming some time ago (for instance, peonies) are still looking good. Here are a few examples of what is in bloom in pink at Roche Fleurie. Of course, roses make up the majority of the pink blooms.
|John Davis rose|
Here is a close up of the same (John Davis), a wonderful rose that hardly has any thorns. It is also very cold resistant, disease resistant (at least in this garden) and grows just as well as a shrub as it does as a climber.
|Bloom of John Davis|
A cultivar of Lamium maculatum. This is a plant you can put in a very inhospitable corner in the shade, and it will still look good. This one is in the shade of the house (lots of light, but never any sun). It is straight on the rock, its roots have found their way to subsoil between the cracks.
|Spotted Dead Nettle|
|Unidentified old-fashioned peony|
|and Sarah Bernhardt - still in bloom, because of the cool weather|
Once again, because of the cool weather, a pink lady slipper is still hanging on in the wild garden.
|Pink Lady Slipper|