Our winter ’21 was impeccable (mild temps, not too much snow, no savage winds) and it is showing in the fullness and lushness of the flowers now blooming. At Parterre, the fact that the dramatic 80′ rose chain came into flower…
at exactly the same time that the peonies were in full bloom is cause for celebration!!
Especially as both are directly across the pebble driveway from each other in the back courtyard.
I must say I love this view of the house, with its different roof lines that remind me of a small town in Normandy.
The juxtaposition of these two flower groups provides a magnificent fluorescence of color, all shades of coral, pinks and whites in the double bed of peonies…
pairing so well with the melon orange of the David Austin multi-petalled rose, ‘Crown Princess Margaretha.’
After many years of nursing and coaxing, most of the rose “garlands” are running the full length of the chains.
To further heighten the drama (excuse the pun), the backdrop to the rose chain is a magnificent weeping beech that resides over this grassy area. In place since 2007, it is now 40′ high…and still growing.
And finally, the “cat bird seat” as I like to call it–viewing the curved expanse of the rose chain from the comfort of the Parterre Bench, cozied into the sweeping branches of the beech.
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May you have a rosy summer…