Maybe I should have called this post’ Gather Ye Canary Birds While Ye May’ because I have used the lovely little Canary Bird Rose, always the first to bloom in my garden.
It makes a lovely shrub covered in buttery- yellow single flowers. Mine has apple blossom behind it which makes a perfect May picture in my mind.
I have added some Tellima grandiflora and for fragrance I have used Honeysuckle and the sweetly scented little Narcissus ‘Sun Disc’ which matches the rose perfectly.
Both the rose and the little jug seemed to demand the title for this arrangement.
And on the other side-
I love the way that Canary Bird matches the colour of this vase so well.
My other early flowering rose, the climbing Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ is not quite out yet. I saw it in Tuscany recently looking superb. I think it needs plenty of sun to bloom really well. It grows rampantly though; my 7 year old cutting has reached the top of a large apple tree.
I have bought two new early flowering roses this year. One is similar to Canary Bird but has much deeper yellow flowers. I saw it several years ago in a friend’s garden and I have coveted it ever since. It is called Rosa ‘Helen Knight’. It is a seedling of the wild Rosa ecae.
The other early- flowering rose is one I saw in a garden last year, when I was in Herefordshire for the Gardens in the Wild Festival. It is a single rose, ( I love single roses) and it is called Rosa odorata ‘Bengal Beauty’. It starts blooming in May and goes on and on. The bloom in the photo is just going over but there are plenty of buds to come. Like Rosa mutabilis this rose has some Chinensis in its breeding and it has a similar habit.
So here we have my first roses. There are plenty of rosebuds to come next month and so I shall be out there gathering rosebuds again before long. But unlike my cheery figures on the vase, I shall probably be wearing clothes. After all roses are a bit prickly.
To the Virgins to Make Much of Time. Robert Herrick. 1591-1674.
Gather ye Rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still aflying:
And this same flower which smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
Thanks to my friend Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden for hosting this meme and getting us all to put flowers in a vase on a Monday.