This is the first "Sterling Silver" rose this season. This little bush was on it's last legs last year from being heavily shaded, so I transplanted it and oh my goodness.... it must be very happy in it's new location!
This climbing rose, "Dublin Bay" is in it's second season and is just starting to be a prolific bloomer. These flowers are on the lower branches amongst the Margarite Daisys and Lavendar Gazania ground cover.
This is a very small "Peace" rose bush and these are it's first blossoms this season. Humongous!
Now.... onto the Popcorn Bush!.....
There was much interest in the Popcorn Bush last week (yes, it really does smell like buttered popcorn!) and so I thought I would give you an update.
Day before yesterday, I noticed from a distance that the blossoms looked a bit odd
so... I went in for a closer inspection.
What a difference a few days makes!!!!
Whoooo Arreeee Youuuuu?
I wasn't looking so much at lovely flowers as juicy fat yellow caterpillars!
Not just one mind you.... but several, on each flower!
I'd never seen this guys before, and I must admit, they were just too beautiful to remove from the plant.
These aren't tiny little fellows either, but large 2 1/2inch individuals. I'm hoping that they'll eventually emerge as a larger moth or butterfly, adding another dimention of beauty to the garden.
Thank you Lori Ann for the super butterfly link!
It turns out these caterpillars are Pheobis Sennae- "Cloudless Sulphur Butterflies"!
I've been a bit delayed with my work of late....There has been some saddness in the household.... as my red factor Canary, "Montague", passed away, then 5 days later our family's elderly Pembroke Corgi, "Foxy" passed away.... then 3 days after that, the Cooper's Hawk got our male "Scarlet Chested Grass Parakeet" on the wire of the Aviary. :-(
Strange how we can go for years without loosing our pets, then for whatever reason, like beautiful climbing roses, they creep above the garden walls out of sight, then ...
crossover all at once.
Though we can't see them, we know they're blooming still, on the other side.