Monday, 7 May 2012

What I planted today in the roof garden

We were pretty active in the roof garden over the weekend and I'm just sitting down after four hours today of planting and watering in the garden.

On Friday, the last two climbing roses were delivered by the USPS and I planted them immediately.  One is Alberic Barbier:

The other is City of York:

Both were recommended for rooftop growing and trailing down the RBB's facade by the owner of a specialist rose nursery.

I also got my order with a few extra 4-6ft tall shrubs on Friday.  One is a shrub rose (Rosa Nasturana) that I couldn't resist after reading its description on the Niche Gardens website:  "As the late JC Raulston led the Niche bunch on a 1996 summer tour of the NCSU arboretum, he identified this as the "best Rose in the arboretum". An antique Rose found in a garden in Persia in the mid-1800's, Rosa 'Nastarana' blooms from spring to frost if deadheaded, and is disease-free. Can be pruned to a shrub, or you can drape this Persian princess over a wall or trellis for a sultry effect. Beautiful clusters of small, pale pink buds open to single, white, lightly fragrant roses. This beauty couldn't come with a higher recommendation — enjoy."  How romantic does that catalogue description make it sound?  Here she is:

On Sunday, my husband and I dug and laid the stepping "stone" bricks for the pathway in the garden on the left side of the patio.  I'm really happy with the way it looks.  Over the weekend, I also planted my white bush clover and white seashore mallow (the other two eventually-tall plants that came on Friday.)

Today during my four hour session, I planted the two Louisiana irises ('Starlight Starbright') that arrived on Friday:

Some rock soapwort 'Snow Tip':

Two dormant trillium grandiflorum, which as an Ontarian, hold a special place in my heart.  (See you next year, guys!):

A pair of double balloon flowers 'Hakone White':

Some Siberian iris 'Not Quite White':

My beloved cerastium alpinum, aka Alpine Mouse Ears:

A muhlenbergia capilliaris alba, which is a white-flowering grass:

A single pricey white stripe cobra lily:

A dwarf hemlock named Betty Rose:

Three clumps of caladium.  I'm not sure which variety, possibly 'White Christmas':

Some 'Royal Wedding' Oriental poppies:

Cymbalaria muralis alba compacta:

Lamium 'White Nancy':

Campanula persicifolia 'Lo Bello':

Anemone 'Whirlwind':

Campanula carpatica 'Purity':

Five Helleborus 'Joker' that I bought as house plants in late winter and want to see if I can transition to the garden:

An anemone cylindrica:

Some Epimedium 'Bandit':

A Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park':

And a few annual Euphorbia graminea 'Diamond Frost' that I couldn't resist this morning at the market:

Whew! The left side of the garden is starting to shape up.

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