The Garden Guide

Book: Colour schemes for the flower garden
Chapter: Chapter 5 The June garden

Roses thuja and thorns

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In the north-western clump, where there are some Thorn-trees and two Thuyas, the dominant feature is the great bush of an old garden rambling Rose that looks, as if its parentage was somewhere between sempervirens and arvensis. I can neither remember how I came by it nor match it with any nursery kind. It stands nearly opposite the Hut kitchen window, and when in full bloom actually sheds light into the room. I know it as the Kitchen Rose. The diameter of the bush is even greater than the plan shows, for it overwhelms the nearest Thuya and rushes through the Thorn, and many of its shoots are within hand-reach of the back path. The rest of this clump is occupied by plants of tall habit�the great Mullein (Verbascum orientale), the Giant Cow-Parsnip (Heracleum Mantegazzianum), and white Foxgloves.