“Maturing Garden”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
While I have been gardening for many years, it is only in the last few years that my garden has started to look like I envisioned it eventually would. It seems as if the garden is finally starting to mature. Plants that were small for so many years have, it seems, suddenly grown big enough to make a nice showing. Because I have a very shady garden with clay soil, it has taken longer for plants to reach a good size as it has taken a while to improve the soil. Of course, the shade didn’t help, either.
One plant that is showing it has matured is a climbing rose bush my mother gave me. For years, this rose has grown slowly and put out a sparse flush of blooms. This year, however, it is finally looking good. If it was in more sun, this would have happened a lot sooner, but I am glad there is a good show this year.
I am not sure of the name of this rose as my mother started with a cutting from a friend. I do know that it was very popular in the ’60’s, and it is often seen in the older neighborhoods around here.
One of the nice aspects of this rose is the cluster of blooms it makes. Since the flowers open at different times, there is often many shades of pink in the cluster. This may be why some people call this rose Seven Sisters, but I am not convinced this is the correct name for this particular climber.
I am just happy this rose has finally gotten some growth on it. I have noticed, especially this spring, that many of the plants in my garden seem to have grown into their mature size. Finally, the garden is starting to look like I always hoped it would.