Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Favorite this Week..

 There is a lot of spring going on here in my garden at the present, and some rain at last. The rain accommodatingly watered in the new haul from the SF Garden show (a post on that is upcoming) and the numerous plants that were moved last weekend . This week, Rosa banksia lutea is peaking , and gets the nod as my favorite. This is a plant I really should not have, as it gets gargantuan and requires draconian cut backs twice a year to keep it from swallowing the house and anything else in it's path.


   A couple of years ago I considered having it removed, but it has over the years become a bird habitat ..you can see how the thatch and sheltering branches mimic a thicket of sorts. The bird feeder is about 20 feet away off to the right .


 In winter Lady Banks is bare and lets the western sun into the house, in summer her foliage provides shade. The sweet yellow flowers are fleeting but abundant , drooping over the patio.



 Have a look-see over at Lorees place to see other garden bloggers award their faves...

7 comments:

  1. this may be why I wish I lived up north

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  2. It is beautiful! (and that's coming from a non-rose person) I did have to smile at your "This is a plant I really should not have"...thank god there are no plant police or half of my garden would be missing!

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    1. ..and this is not the only plant I should not have Loree..

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  3. I've always loved that rose. My mother-in-law had one growing against an otherwise ugly wire fence but it was nowhere near as beautiful and robust as yours. I hope some of that rain heads down our way...

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    1. I use some pretty extreme pruning techniques on this Kris, twice a year.

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  4. Last summer I had to call the power company so that my power lines could be taken down while I attempted to remove my house from the clutches of the Lady Banks. She had grown into the telephone and electrical lines and had worked her way under the roof eaves popping loose the siding. Her beauty costs people money.

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