June 21, 2005

I have been on an extended visit to Estherville while my Dad recovers from knee replacement surgery. One of the problems with leaving home is that I miss seeing my flowers in bloom. As you can see Dan has been busy taking pictures of them for me so that I donít miss them completely. As much as I miss my gardens, my extended stay in Estherville reminds me that flower gardens come in all sizes and shapes. The pictures on this page show my sister Loriís wonderful collection of flowers that are in full bloom right now. Perhaps she can offer some descriptions of the flowers for us to post later. But for now we hope you enjoy seeing these flowers as I do.

This garden stretches along the west side of the garage and offers a variety of color and texture. The trellis provides a good climbing structure for the clematis and the roses shade the base of clematis providing them the "cool feet" they desire.

This creamy-colored rose is an English tea rose named "Evelyn" and we just love the color of the bud through the full bloom of this rose. The red roses peeking out from behind this group of buds is part of the "red Ribbons" rose bush.

The purple rose that is tucked under the white clematis is called "Simply Marvelous" and I think it properly named.

This bloom, one of the many from the tall Clematis on the far right side of the garden is called "Henry" one of the few true white Clematis varities. It never fails to present a good show. We like the contrast between the unopened buds and the mature blossoms that are wide open against the dark green leaves.

P ALIGN=LEFT>This red rose is called "Red Ribbons". I had this by the front corner of the house and moved it to the back yard after it outgrew its original spot. It has really thrived in its new location.

The picture above is a blend of the "Princiss Diana" clematis, the English Tea Rose called "Evelyn" and the red rose called "Red Ribbons."

Anchoring the left side of this flower garden is a clematis with bell-shaped blooms and is called "Princess Diana". The blossoms do open wider but start out this bell shape and offers a completely different look than the standard clematis bloom.

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