Last year my Mother’s Day present from Mr. Bee was this arbor for my roses. The rose vines were so loaded with blooms that they required something substantial to hold them up. You can read about that here.
By the time the arbor was installed, the roses were past their blooming season. So this is my first season for the roses to bloom on the arbor.
Earlier this spring I did some pruning and shaping to get the vines to grow over the top of the arbor. This job required me to dress in a heavy sweatshirt and gloves because both of my rose bushes have a LOT of thorns. The vines just seem to reach out and hold onto me as I pruned, almost as if they wanted to keep me from my cutting. That trimming back has resulted in fewer blooms I think. But they will come back.
The arbor is located in the sunniest area of the yard. Roses require at least 6 hours of sun daily.
This spot gets loaded up with all of the sun loving flowers, like petunias.
The red pots are planted with canna lilly bulbs. Canna bulbs cannot survive the cold temperatures of our winter here in the mid-Atlantic, so I move these pots into the garage for the winter.
My cannas do not bloom but I love their beautiful leaves like these from last year.
My other rose bush, New Dawn is a climber. The vines are full of buds now but none is open yet. I have some vacation plans coming up and I hope I don’t miss this flowering season.
I have to go mark my calendar to remind me not to plan any trips next May.
It’s gratifying to see how the roses have taken to the structure though!