It’s terrible when the iPad tries to help with spelling plant names. Something which normally seems so clever just falls apart when it hits a name like ‘Cayla’. Zoe Victoire Talon, the Comptesse, lived 100 years before the rose was bred in 1902 by Guillot (I have to fight to keep this from becoming ‘guillotine’). Her picture shows her looking elegant and refined like this rose.
The Comptesse du Carla rose is similar in many ways to mutabilis, one of my favourite roses. It has the same silky petals, changing colours from orange and red to pink and yellow, and flowers which point in all directions. Strawberry Hill by contrast is such an open, innocent rose, with a sweet talcum powder scent. In her third year in the terrace garden she is getting to be a big strong shrub. The Comtesse, on the other hand, had a difficult start in the gateway garden, where she was overwhelmed by three big shrubby wallflowers who stole her sunlight. Rescued, she is glowing now in the Citrus garden, next to very well behaved lilies. You can see how she glows in the sunlight in the picture below, which is a late attempt at the theme of 3, to celebrate three years of IAVOM. The sun was a little too bright for good photos, but shows up nicely the silky transparency of her petals. You can also just see the beautiful burgundy colour of the stems.
Other pink flowers here are Heuchera Coral Bells, Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’, Scented Pelargonium ‘Prince Rupert’, and Salvia ‘La Siesta’ which has beautiful dark purple bracts. White Lychnis and butter yellow Argyranthemum make up the bouquet.
Catch up with bouquets from the different seasons around the world at Rambling in the Garden.