Climber and rambler roses

Years ago, climbing roses were among the most precious flowers to adorn a garden.

As the name indicates, climbing roses like to climb. The most popular uses include covering arches, pergolas, side walls and fences.

There are two basic types of climbing roses – ramblers and climbers.

Ramblers have been around since Victorian times. Growth is vigorous with long pliable stems bearing huge trusses of small flowers.

Climbers have much stiffer stems with larger flowers and smaller trusses.

My uncle in Canada planted two magnificent climbing roses alongside his garage wall with the support of a sheet of plastic lattice work, the rose bushes filled out nicely within three months. By the time I visited, the entire lattice sheet was covered with leaves and roses.  I counted 40 roses with more buds to follow. The scent was heavenly. He had one of the best display of roses in his area. Everyday passersby would stop to admire the roses and to take photos. It was a sight to behold. During fall when it began to get cold, he would cut back the rose bush and leave it to come up back the following year.

Until next week, Happy Gardening.


Hawaiian Holly

Leea Coccinea ‘Rubra’ commonly called Hawaiian or West Indian Holly originated in Burma and comes from the Leeaceae family.

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Four o’clock flower

Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis commonly called Four O’ Clock flowers originated in Peru and is native to tropical South America.

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Agave americana, also called sentry plant, century plant, maguey or American aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the family Agavaceae and native to  Mexico and the United States in New Mexico,  Arizona and  Texas.

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Umbrella plant

Cyperus Papyrus and Cyperus Alterni-folius, commonly known as Umbrella Grass, Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Papyrus, Umbrella Sedge or the Umbrella Palm, originated in Egypt many years ago.

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Plant more trees

National Tree Planting Day was celebrated yesterday, October 7, and it was interesting to see how many new trees were planted. 

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