Tuesday, May 15, 2012


This Civil war era rose has been passed down from generation to generation.  If only it could talk what tales it would tell.
It's May 15 and that means its Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in which garden bloggers from across America post what's blooming in their gardens.  I know it's  not June - the traditional month for roses but the roses are blooming nevertheless all across Chapel Hill.

Much like England where even the simpliest of cottages have roses, so Southern gardens are seldom without them.  The old fashioned roses that once filled Southern gardens are difficult, if not impossible , to find.   But the good news is that new, improved varieites are now available, many of which are disease and mildew resistance and  repeat bloomers .

For an impressive border, plant the shrub rose 'knockout' which blooms from May until whenever -in North Carolina, which translates to  " whenever, if ever, cold weather kills it . "

Meanwhile in my little deck container garden the flowers are in full , glorious bloom.  I planted flowers that were attractive to hummers -lantana, petunias, geraniums and mandevillas and they came.  I have my camera at ready in an attempt to snap a picture but haven't succeeded so far.    

Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming across this great country.


  1. All those beautiful roses in bloom. I still have a while to wait.

  2. Your deck planters are beautiful, Carolyn!

    Saw our first hummer here yesterday. It's always exciting to see the first one.

    Happy Bloom Day!

  3. It looks wonderful Carolyn. Hugs to you and see you soon I hope.~~Dee

  4. Those hummers are so quick when the camera is in the hand. They are shy. I do love your roses. I have a few here but none blooming just yet. Mid-June at the earliest.


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