Friday, June 22, 2012

Late June blooms

I planted three old garden roses bare-root this spring, and only one has a bloom on it this year. (I gather that's not unusual - they take a while to get going.) It's an alba rose called 'Madame Legras de St. Germain', and it's lovely!

Rosa alba 'Madame Legras de St. Germain'
It is fully double, pure white with a green "button" center, and has a very nice sweet and fruity perfume. Foliage so far looks great - alba roses do not typically suffer from disease issues. I hope it will be 6 feet tall and covered in blooms sometime soon! (hah)

My stokesia (Stokes' Aster) has also started blooming - huge saucer-shaped disks of purple-blue. It looks kind of like a goofy but charming alien.

Stokesia 'Bluestone'

Stokesia 'Bluestone' with Sedum 'Angelina', platycodon, and pink petunias

Also blooming now are these early lilies - I love all lilies, but the LA hybrids are my favorite. Supposedly LA hybrids are fragrant, but I can't detect much of a scent on the ones I have (at least, it's nothing compared to oriental lilies).

LA hybrid lily 'Golden Tycoon'

Asiatic lily NOID


  1. June is presenting a colorful end in your garden. Love the red lilies. I need to find some.

  2. The red Lily is stunning! I love Lilies, but I tend to get lilybugs on mine. How do you keep them away?

  3. Your Alba rose is very healthy, the leaves are dark green, I think it'll bloom all the summer!

  4. That rose is lovely. I've never grown any albas, but I like the deep colour of the foliage against the white flower.

  5. Hi Spurge, I often have the opposite problem with Roses blooming well in the first year and then deciding to be shy later. That white alba is fabulous though.

  6. Six feet of white roses! Won't that be stunning someday. Your Madame Legras de St. Germain is already gorgeous!! I would love to add a Stokes' Aster like the one you have. It is really quite pretty.


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