|Rosa 'Leander' & unknown Pimpinella variety 16 July 2021|
From the vantage point of our dining room table from where I can see the back of our potted roses outside because of the big plate glass window I spotted some tiny little yellow flowers growing under one of Rosemary’s favourite English Roses, Rosa ‘Leander’. Neither my daughter Ale (visiting me from her home in Lillooet) nor the folks at Southlands Nursery were able to identify the plant. Rosemary did have a little plant label that read pimpinella. There are many kinds of pimpinella so what is the complete name will remain a mystery.
Another mystery that no rose expert has been able to explain is the phenomenon called proliferation in which a secondary rose appears within a rose bloom. Some think it ugly. I simply accept that nature has variety.
But best of all is to keep on noticing the little surprises that Rosemary has left for me in her approach of mating little plants with the roses. This idea in gardening is called companion plants.
That’s a friendly thought.