This is a Rugosa, old thorny roses that produce really interesting flowers and often have a nice fragrance reminding one of old Victorian gardens.
Peonies are sort of like fragile roses. Their stems don't want to hold up the heavy blossoms, and rain really gets them.
Over at the pergola one has to look up to see the variety. this is Climbing Clotide Soupert, introduced in 1902, with over 100 petals per blossom and an outstanding fragrance. the blossoms are heavy, so letting it climb gives an opportunity to see them, otherwise they hang and face the ground sometimes.
Directly under the pergola one sees mainly red. I still don't know the name of this one, though I have been told it might be Will Scarlett.
This area of the garden actually is ruled by this mockingbird, and she was very glad to see the garden return to her rule the other day.
She doesn't even like me in the area, and often flies at my head. I know she must have a nest nearby, but have not found it yet.
And even higher, growing up through a magnolia tree, is Mermaid, an old climber from 1918, and this one may be that old. The 30 foot canes are huge, and the white blooms with their bright yellow stamens are wonderful, best seen from the bathroom window actually.
Ballerina has been around since 1937, and has a slight musky smell. But what is striking is how the flowers are bunched in hydrangea fashion (technically not so, but only in appearance).
There will be more to come in the following days. If you haven't seen the garden and want to, now is the time. Give me a call or email.