The strange weather has continued. May, usually sunny, warm, and filled with lilacs and tulips, magnolias and other spring blossoms, has been cool and rainy.
|Aphids cover the blossoms of the honeysuckle.|
We hit them hard with blasts of water (forceful spray from the hose) and that cleared them away for a couple of days. But unfortunately, they came back all too quickly.
Finally, this past week we had a couple of days without precipitation and I was able to spray with our sure fire aphid formula - water with canola and soap. That helped enormously, so hopefully, now we are on the right path.
Zephirine Drouhin is a Bourbon climber introduced in 1868 that has a most exquisite perfume.
Scentimental is a modern floribunda bred by Tom Carruth and introduced in 1997. The blossoms feature cream and burgundy swirled stripes and a strong damask perfume that has similar notes to the fragrance of Zephirine Drouhin, which is probably why we enjoy it so much.
The deep pink open blossoms have a remarkably strong and beautiful perfume that mixes with the scent of the salty ocean area to produce a fragrance that is uniquely New England.
The intense perfume of all of the roses has attracted a bevy of bees, butterflies and birds to the garden, always a pleasure to watch.
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