Time to take a look at the roses again. The second flush is at its peak. (Well, it should be; after a week of constant rain everything is looking more than a little sad, but the province’s large storage dams are filling up nicely and near Johannesburg there are floods, with the country’s 2nd largest dam at nearly 110%…) The above rose is, I think, ‘Pascali’, and proof that we DO need to look beyond ‘Iceberg’ when thinking of white roses. It grows in Trudie’s Garden, which is now just outside my front door.
I am taking a look at this garden and its future. The roses were planted there to give pleasure to my mother close to home. But the overall effect is very 1960’s – leggy HTs and floribundas without underplanting to speak of, and some of the roses will do very well with the cannas at the entrance as I described recently. So what is the future of this area? Fewer roses, underplanted? Removal of all or most roses, and turning it into a kitchen herb garden? It is, in many ways, the best spot for a herb garden…hmmm….
PS: This was going to be January week 5’s entry: electrical problems since Thursday put pay to that. On Saturday, in the midst of a huge Rotary fundraiser, I was negotiating the installation of a new transformer by the municipality today, whilst I’m away in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Such is the joy of being a property owner ;).