Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Garden Tour: Roses, Verbena Bonariensis, Bearded Irises and more...

I am traveling again and hardly have any time to blog, but I wanted at least to put up a new Periscope video that I recorded about one and a half weeks ago, so that you can follow the developments in my garden.

The focus of the video is on roses that were blooming at that time, but I am also checking on other plants that I have recently planted in my garden. I will be talking about which of these plants have become successes, but also about a few that disappointingly failed in my garden.

In terms of the roses you will see the particular beautiful blooms of rosa 'Scepter'd Isle', rosa 'Grandmother's Hat', rosa 'Yolande d'Arragon' and others. I hope you got interested and come with me for a tour of my garden. To get started, please click the video below.

Thanks for watching! I am curious, what was your favorite rose featured in this video? If you can spare the time, please leave a comment and let me know.

See you in the garden!



  1. Todas las rosas me encantan, no sé por cual decidirme. Besitos.

  2. Hi Christina, lovely to see you still have roses in flower, I don’t have as high temperatures as you, but my roses are also still flowering - but very sparingly. I think my 'Scepter'd Isle' is still my favourite rose, has been for a few years now! By the way, here you can hear how to pronounce it, I didn’t know either until I looked it up :-):
    Take care, Helene

    1. Helene, 'Scepter'd Isle' is always very beautiful in your garden and I certainly can see why it has been your favorite rose. It is definitively one of my top favorites as well.
      Thank you so much for adding the pronunciation link for 'Scepter'd Isle', that was really cool. Of course, I did it wrong, but thanks to you not anymore ;-)!

    2. Oh, you’re very welcome!
      English is a strange language with so many funny rules and exceptions when it comes to pronunciation. As a Norwegian myself, I use this website often when I am in doubt :-)

  3. Dear Christina, thanks for the tour in your beautiful garden :) Favourite roses? Hm. 'Prince' has a lovely colour. The climate is a little to hard for it here, but I grow 'Tradescent' almost as dark. 'Yolande d'Aragon' is wonderful, and so is 'Scepter'd Isle'.
    Verbena Bonariensis is known to be tricky. I succeded to sow it this winter (with 6 weeks in the refrigerator), and it is still blooming. Will sow it next winter too, because it will not survive outdoors.

    1. Villrose, that is interesting to know that the 'Prince' is not hardy enough for your climate. Wouldn't have expected that! I have seen 'Tradescant' and think it is an extraordinarily beautiful rose.
      I had assumed that Verbena Bonariensis is an easy plant.By now one of my three plants looks dead, the second one is in decline and the third is just doing mediocre. I am really disappointed!

  4. Hi Christina, your roses are still so lovely! I do admire 'Our Lady of Guadalupe.' That may be my favorite of the ones you showed, but 'Yolande d'Arragon' has such amazing blooms - a close second! And your Portuguese jar is wonderful! Enjoy your travels!

  5. Another wonderful look around your garden Christina - I do so enjoy these video posts. Your Verbena bonariensis look exactly how they look here after a wet winter, dead! On saying that this year was the first time in 5 years I've ever manage to have one survive.
    Your Iris have come on and all look to be doing well. As for favourite rose - I think they are all gorgeous but if I really had to choose the Our Lady of Guadalupe would only just pip Scepter'd Isle to the post. Have good trip x