Tuesday, April 7, 2009
My "Little" Climber
Here are a couple of pics of my Madame Alfred Carriere climbing rose. Other than the Marie Pavie rose, which blooms almost all year long, this is the first of the spring blooming roses. The first photo is a close up with the second being a longer shot. There you can see the "Carnaby" clematis (I think; see my last posting) and some white irises about to bloom. (And to the right is a boxwood, unknown variety, and another rose about to bloom, again an unknown variety.)
Madame Alfred Carriere, a Noisette rose, was developed sometime in the 1800's. It has a lovely Tea rose fragrance and was the first rose planted at Sissinghurst garden by Vita Sackville-West. The plant has only been here for two growing seasons, although it was a gift from a friend's too shady garden, so maybe it is three years old. It grew very rapidly and as you can see, it's really a bit tall for the trellis and the house. It's going to require some pruning and training after its initial bloom this year so that it's more clear of the windows. Although it gets blackspot every so often, I think that's because of its location in a corner. Other than that it's extremely hardy and I would highly recommend it for a more open space!