Friday, May 7, 2010

The East Garden


The three-year-old beds east of the house have matured and are full of color this year. The beautiful white iris (wish you could smell the fragrance) is a passalong from DH's grandmother. The pale blue-violet iris is I. pallida and the little white rose in back of the iris is 'Marie Pavie'. Beyond that the big white rose is the hybrid rugosa 'Sir Thomas Lipton'.

I have an idea of how to describe the white iris' fragrance. Believe it or not, I just discovered yesterday, after growing Hubrect's Amsonia for 10 years, that the flowers are fragrant. As I wrote in an earlier post, the flowers didn't look that wonderful before this year (I think the plant just needed a spring compost boost), not like something that should be as deliciously fragrant as it is. I always just thought I was getting the fragrance of the white iris, as it does drift around the garden. Anyway, take the fragrance of Hubrect's Amsonia, add a dash of vanilla, and you have the fragrance of the white iris.
 


Smooth Phlox, Crepscule on arbor, a mystery China/Gallica hybrid nicknamed Delia's Purple, and in the background a seedling of the rugosa hybrid Foxi Pavement.


Aloha with Crepscule


The combination is worth 2 pictures.


Blush Noisette with Hansa



Clotilde Soupert in front, Hansa on left and Sir Thomas Lipton on the right. In the distance are the vegetable garden and big perennial bed.
 




21 comments:

  1. Good morning. Your roses are beautiful. Love Crepscule!

    You're going to laugh at this. To me the white iris smells like grapeade:) My dark Superstition iris smells even more like grapeade.
    Marnie

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  2. I'm so glad you joined us, you have a lot of beautiful blooms to be proud of..

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  3. The light and flower combinations are superb - such lovely quiet colours - it all looks so very dreamy.

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  4. What a wonderful contribution. Roses and Irises - what could be better? They are just lovely.

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  5. Marnie this white iris doesn't have the pallida (grapeade) fragrance. I used to have (sob) an intermediate that had a very intense pallida fragrance; I need to contact the lady I traded with and see if I can trade for it back.

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  6. Ok, I want to live in your garden. Just plant me down on the middle of how beautiful it is, love it, thanks for the post, Gina

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  7. I love all of your roses! They are just beautiful. The scent of the iris sounds delicious!

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  8. All of your roses are wonderful! I would love to wander your garden, examining each one. The setting is idyllic!

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  9. Wow! Your garden is beautiful-I love all the roses,the iris and the foxgloves.

    Have a great weekend,

    Carolyn

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  10. I could just get lost in your garden smelling all the lovely roses. They are splendid.

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  11. I especially like the white, pink and purple flower colours of the last photo. All of the greenery in the background makes such a nice setting for your garden.

    Sometimes scents are hard to pin down. Last year, I was trying to figure out what smelled so good from my neighbour's garden, when I realized it was my own Viburnum.

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  12. aloha,

    i love your white, purple and lilac combinations especially with the roses, beautiful

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  13. Ah! To see your roses again Sweetbay! Beautiful! I love the colors and textures in your gardens.

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  14. If I had flowers like that, I would flaunt them too! How beautiful. There is so much color in your garden! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us. Carla

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  15. Oh, just wonderful. Ful summer and losts of roses. Magical! Here we have a very cold spring. Long for a time lika yours. Have a nice week!

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  16. I luv how you know all the proper names for your plants....and you've even helped me out with my mystery plants.

    The last photo is really exceptional, Sweet Bay, and should be displayed where people who aren't bloggers can enjoy it, too.

    donna

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  17. Your garden is looking lovely too flaunting her flowers. I never thought about the irises smelling like that. My garden has a few given to me over the years. I like them, but their scent is dinstinctive. I grew 'Hansa' for years and loved it for scent and beauty. BTW, thanks for your comment on my peonies. Most of mine cost around $5.00. Almost every variety is popular at the box stores here.

    I love your roses.~~Dee

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  18. Your roses are just beautiful!
    I lost most of mine in 2007 when spring came too early. Maybe I will replant! Gorgeous...the white iris is lovely too.
    Sherry

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  19. I've never joined in either ~ you have a LOT to flaunt Sweet Bay! All beautiful. Hope you had a good weekend.

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  20. ps. The white peony is gorgeous ~ why don't you grow more?? Everything seems to do so well there you could have every variety!!!

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  21. what a romantic garden! I wish I could come walk in person!
    I am so glad you have joined in on FF this week...thank you. I hope you will share with my meme again soon!
    Spring is finally showing herself here and I get to start hardening off my flowers this week...so soon I will have something growing outside too!

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