Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday & All Ablaze

It's easy to participate in Outdoor Wednesday when you're doing a rose challenge. Please visit Susan, the host of Outdoor Wednesday and all the other participants at A Southern Daydreamer.
My rose for today is this climber All Ablaze. After getting a trellis last year, it seems much happier and is rapidly scrambling up it. The pruning technique with climbers is different than other roses. You must leave long canes to build the framework and secure them to something to establish its shape. Then you simply cut back the laterals every year to force more smaller branches which bear the roses.

Here is the Joseph's Coat near the front porch. If you click on the photo you can see the Black Phoebe sitting on the plant bracket. She is on the porch all the time now incubating her eggs.

Even the robins seem to be enjoying the roses.


And lastly, here is a wonderful peach scented iris that just popped open. I hope you enjoy a peaceful Earth Day and my Rose Challenge here Amongst The Oaks.

14 comments:

Neabear said...

I love all your pictures!! And yes I did see the Black Phoebe! Your flowers are so pretty.

Spot said...

our old world robins would be very jealous of your new world robin's handsome plumage

ellen b said...

Oh my! What lovely roses climbing and what lovely photos you took. Your cottage looks delightful :0)
Happy O.W.

Joyce said...

Just lovely and the little bird too!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Ahh!! I can just smell those beautiful roses they are simply beautiful, thank you for sharing.
Sue

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tutorial about the climbers! yours are beautiful!jkj

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Laura, love your climbing roses.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Barb

Lisa Shatzer said...

What incredible photos. I just love the climbing roses!

Smilingsal said...

What beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

jeanne said...

Oh, your climbing roses are so pretty. Thanks for the tip on pruning. The robin is so pretty. A fun outdoor post today.

Hugs...Jeanne

Anonymous said...

IRISES SMELL THE BEST! :D
T2

KayC. said...

How can the robin not enjoy the roses...roses bring joy to spring!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Sorry I am late getting around to visit... I hope you had a Happy Outdoor Wednesday....and that you will participate again soon! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Abby said...

Thanks for telling me about outdoors Wednesday. I have a flower blog too and that's a good idea. Your photos are mind-blowing and this is such a gorgeous place.