The roses are filling out with leaves and even blooms. I timidly trimmed Belinda's Dream, cutting her back by a third and pulling off most of her leaves. It was very nearly the scariest thing I've ever done.
New growth has been mostly at the top with some hints of leaves coming back on those bare canes further down the bush. I stripped the leaves because of some blackspot she developed in November on some leaves that were up against the house.
Some new companion plants have been added to the rose area, Stokes Aster, Stokesia laevis, is a native perennial that I'm hoping will love it's new spot.
The rose, White Out, is in the background against the white wall of the back porch. White on white doesn't do it justice. Soon though, this bush will be covered with white blooms that show well against those dark green leaves.
See what I mean in this close-up view? I love this rose.
No trimming was done to my baby Louis Philippe who bloomed even during the freezing temperatures we experienced this winter. The red and pink Salvia coccineas have come to life just in the last few weeks.
Two of these petunias were gifted to me by Pumpkin from Graceful Cottage Gardening back in November. They both made it through the cold wonderfully well and have been continually blooming ever since being planted. They make great companion plants for the roses.
Louis P. opened fully just in time for this post. He has a wonderful fragrance. See the ferny foliage in the background? Thanks Meems from Hoe and Shovel for these starts of yarrow, Achillea millefolium. I can't wait to see some blooms!
The roses are in a small area on the east side of the backporch in a corner formed by the porch and the back wall of the house. Eastern sun shines on the plants there for about 8 hours in the spring and summer, less time in the winter. In the summer, zinnia, Mexican flame vine, Mexican sunflowers and other butterfly and hummingbird attractors are grown here as well. There aren't many sunny patches around My Garden Path so I try to make the most of this one.