15 kesäkuuta 2019

'Refound' Pimpinella Roses

In Finland many Pimpinella Group roses have survived through the decades.
They survive in old and abandoned gardens because they are not grafted,
but grow with their own roots. They are winter hardy, modest & carefree.
The only thing you have to watch out is their eagerness to spread with root sprouts!

Pimpinella roses are the first to bloom in Finland. They are appreciated historical roses,
even if the flowers don't dazzle with size.

As far as I know, these roses are not common in Central Europe. 
Many times the origin of these roses has been impossible to defind. 
That is why they have been named after the place where they were in a way 'refound'.
The Simola Rosario lists seven of these Pimpinella roses of which I have four.

Rosa spinosissima ’Plena’- Midsummer Rose - juhannusruusu
The origin of this rose is unknown. In Sweden there is a rose called
Finlands vita ros and in English catalogues a rose called Finnish White.
This rose grows practically in every garden in the Finnish countryside. 

Rosa Pimpinellifolia Group ’Papula’
This delicate & very pale pink rose has been found in the garden of Papula Mansion in Vyborg.
Possibly the rose was brought there from Northern Germany in the late 1800.
I have got my Papula from my mother’s garden in Karelia. 

Rosa Pimpinellifolia Group ’Ruskela’
This rose has been found in 1990s in Vihti, near Helsinki. It is known to be cultivated also
in Karelia, so it might originate from St. Petersburg. I got my Ruskela in a plant swap 
as a tiny root sprout. It blooms abundantly and is very beautiful.

Rosa Pimpinellifolia Group ’Poppius’ - Suviruusu
The precise origin of this rose is unknown. It has been popular for a long time and 
is named after Gabriel Poppius (1769-1856). I have a few shrubs, got them in a plant swap.

Rosa glauca is no Pimpinella, but is modest & hardy as well.
This rose spreads with seeds spread by birds and is considered an invasive species,
threatening somewhat our original flora.


But the real bad ass is the original Rosa rugosa!
The import and sales of the original pink & white Rosa rugosa is forbidden
in Finland from 1st June on. It is considered invasive alien species.
All existing plantings have to be destroyed in three years’ transition period.
It's going to be an expensive & huge effort, because this rose is widely used
in landscaping highways & traffic circles etc.
Garden rugosa hybrids (with a name: Hansa, Jens Munk, Schneekoppe, Zwerg etc.) 
continue to be allowed, they don't spread so furiously.

14 kesäkuuta 2019

Paradise on Earth - Part II

PART II with azaleas of Rhododendron Park Haaga, Helsinki.
The scent in the air was sweet and enchanting, the colours from a fairytale world.
It is amazing that all colours go so well together - from bright pink to yellow and orange.
There were plenty of people, but I succeeded well in omitting them from my photos.
I was thrilled and let now the photos speak by themselves.

If you are interested, this LINK shows you my all posts
from Rhododendron Park Haaga.


Friday Bliss #40 - Blue Beauties

Despite varying weather, a lot is happening in the garden this week, too. 
Maybe you can help me in identifying this dark purple geranium?
I think it is Geranium magnificum - Tarhakurjenpolvi, but it might also be 
Geranium himalayense - Idänkurjenpolvi. But which, I don’t know for sure. 
I have several of these and this one in a sunny spot is the first to bloom.

I went sightseeing near home. Visited once again the artist community around Lake Tuusula. 
Our much respected national writer Aleksis Kivi  died in this tiny cottage 1872.
His Seven Brothers is the first significant novel written in Finnish.

Other plant joys of the week 24:

This summer I have been a bit lazy in making bouquets for the terrace,
but here a sunny one in contrasting colours. 

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Wishing you a beautiful weekend! - Kaunista viikonloppua!
- riitta

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11 kesäkuuta 2019

Paradise on Earth - Part I

I have paid my yearly visit to Rhododendron Park Haaga, Helsinki - and not a day too late, 
because the blooms had started to wither. Nevertheless to me it felt once again 
a paradise on earth with its 8 hectares dedicated to rhododendrons and azaleas!

The park was founded in the 1970’s and has been a research garden for 
University of Helsinki’s plant breeding programme. The rhododendrons are huge 
and the azaleas colourful and so scented. I was afraid that the plants might have suffered 
from last year’s hot & dry summer, but no trace of damage!

This part I: rhododendrons, followed later by part II: azaleas.
Sorry for the many photos!