Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Snapshot ... American Pillar

I mark the stages of rose season with the appearance of flowers on certain roses.  The first rose of the season this year was on 'Sarah Van Fleet', followed closely by 'Old Blush'.  Mid-season is marked by a riot of flowers in every part of the garden.  It's difficult to know what happened when or where to look, there are so many flowers.  One of my most eagerly-anticipated roses popped its first flower a few days ago ... yes, folks, 'American Pillar' is in full bloom, spilling dark pink flowers from high up in its cedar tree!



I hoped this would happen, years ago when I planted that tiny little 'American Pillar' at the base of the dripline of this tree.  We had a couple of years of false starts, as the long canes would get blown out of the tree by strong North winds, but I kept at it ... returning the canes to the tree and tying them in place when necessary.  Patience and tenacity paid off, and this is the result!

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

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Sunday Snapshots are posts that are devoted to a moment in time that represents a slice of life in Hartwood, or wherever else I happen to be at the time.

17 comments:

  1. my new orchard is too big, don't need that many fruit trees. will cut the space with a cross shaped rose arbor, with a 15' x 15' room where they intersect, chandelier, harvest table, large pots filled with boxwood, gravel underneath.....

    On axis with the settler's cabin, and new conservatory at its back, facing woodland and lakes.

    fun anticipating which roses i will use !! XOT

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    1. I can absolutely picture it!! You had me at rose arbor, and sent me over the top with settler’s cabin.

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  2. Gorgeous! I can't wait for my rose bushes to grow!!

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    1. True gardening is such an exercise in faith. We put tiny plants or seeds or bulbs into the earth, and we know that they will soon grow to be big and strong and beautiful.

      Which roses did you plant?

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  3. Aaaahhh that is lovely! Hugs! deb

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    1. Totally awe-inspiring to stand beneath this, as it spills out of the tree so many feet above me! (hugs right back at ya)

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  4. Wow, you've got some high climbers there!

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    1. I love climbers like this because they can grow to such overwhelming heights.

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  5. Oh, I love it when roses grow up in trees like that! I don't know that I've ever known anyone to intentionally do that though. Usually it's wild roses that I see that have spread into trees. (At least I think they're wild, since they're in the middle of nowhere and have that wild rose appearance.) Anyway, your American Pillar roses are just gorgeous!

    I will miss your special day on Sunday after all because I will be in Maryland at a conference. :-( Hopefully, we can get together another time and I'm hoping that some cooler weather (at least one day) this week will help your roses stay beautiful for the event!

    Shirley

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    1. I will miss meeting you on Sunday. We will certainly set another date and get together.

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  6. That American Pillar hasn't begun to bloom yet! I'll bet in a week it'll be more spectacular yet! Mine is at the same stage of bloom here and, like you, I know when it starts blooming the last part of the first flush is happening.

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    1. Full bloom on my American Pillar will be happening from right now until later in the week, if temperatures stay mild like they're predicting. I always feel like throwing a party when this rose blooms. Wait, I am throwing a party ... Open Garden is definitely a party!

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  7. What a beautiful friendship between flower and tree.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. and what a wonderful, poetic way to think about it. My part of the relationship was to encourage the rose to stay in the tree. The rose scampered through the branches, peeking out here and there to find the sunshine.

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