Splashes of colour

It is too much to hope for much colour in the garden now though Viburnum ‘Dawn’ is making an effort and the mahonias are plucking up the courage to bloom – even the ‘Soft Caress’ for the first time.

I have mentioned it before but good old Rosa chinensis ‘Viridiflora’ continues to bloom. It must be the longest-flowering of all, even though lots of people would scarcely regard the little blooms as colourful at all. I need to look at it more closely and see how long the flowers last – it must be weeks if not months.

The colour from the foliage of Cornus alba is far more fleeting but really spectacular. We all grow it for the gorgeous red stems but the foliage is the most reliable of all the autumn colour in my garden – and it likes wet soil – a win win.

3 Comments on “Splashes of colour”

  1. Paddy Tobin
    November 6, 2021 at 8:59 pm #

    That is certainly a very odd rose!

  2. annamadeit
    January 21, 2022 at 3:39 am #

    I have that little green rose, too. I planted it in my community garden plot. It bloomed for months and months this summer, and last time I was there right before Christmas, it was STILL blooming. We had a week or so of snow after that, so can’t vouch for how it looks now, but yes – it’s a great little oddity. I got mine as a gift from a client. I think of her fondly every time I see it.

    • thebikinggardener
      January 21, 2022 at 9:11 am #

      It is nice to have received it as a gift – makes it extra special. Mine has given up for now but I will forgive it a short rest.

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