First Bloom of 2015 – Climbing Pinkie

Each year we eagerly await the arrival of the first bloom of the season. This year, our beautiful earth kind climber, ‘Climbing Pinkie’ blessed us with a first bloom. Soon this shrub will be full of thousands of tiny blooms that will be the delight of those who see it.

Climbing Pinkie - Polyantha

Climbing Pinkie – Polyantha



This rose grows on our back fence and welcomes friends and neighbors to our garden each year. It always waves to those who pass in the alley. It’s sort of our Drive Thru rose lane.

In other news, We continue to make changes to this tiny garden. We removed a diseased tree, added some real fancy concrete curbing that replaced any number of types of rock and brick we used to keep our bordered beds in check. With the removal of the tree, our bird girl statue needed a new home, so we relocated her to a new spot in the garden. After she was placed, we planted three shrubs of ‘Crescendo’ a beautiful hybrid tea rose named for the Nashville Symphony to surround her.



What’s happening in your garden this spring?


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9 Responses to First Bloom of 2015 – Climbing Pinkie

  1. My Climbing Pinkie is lovely this year, and I’ve seen 2 blooms on her, thanks for letting me know there will be others! And thanks for the encouragement to get this rose. She cheers me.


  2. susurrus says:

    Hurray – so exciting to see the new season’s roses. I’ve been admiring the banksias on my travels: anticipation makes the earliest roses even more special.


  3. This time of year is great for making changes and redecorating! Weeds come out with ease, and the early blooming daffs, hellebores, heirloom spirea, and PJM all wow me this week.


  4. Love your ‘drive through rose land.’ How your neighbors must love you for that bit of beauty shared. It is interesting that your first rose has bloomed. Ours bloom predictably for Mother’s Day each year, and rarely any earlier. That puts you almost exactly a month ahead of us in coastal Virginia…. As you enjoy the roses, I’m sure you’re mindful of your neighbors to the north still waiting for ours. Thank you for sharing photos to tide us over as we wait 😉 I’ve spent this week re-doing and digging, too. I haven’t added any new roses, but have been working with those already growing, and working with pots and baskets. I’ve begun bringing plants out of storage in the garage and cleaning them up for the season ahead. Such happy work we do 😉 Best wishes, WG


  5. This winter appears to have set most of the plants in the garden back at least a week or so. Forsythia is just now in full bloom, if that gives you an idea. I am pruning and weeding and laying mulch, which is great physical work that helps get rid of the winter blahs. My first rose is usually a race between Old Blush and Climbing Pompon de Paris … we’ll see who wins this year.


  6. pdlyons says:

    truly beautiful! hope it is indicative of the coming season.


  7. Susan Fox says:

    Your Climbing Pinkie is adorable! Thank-you for sharing your first bloom and your lovely statue relocation. We haven’t even finished pruning!
    Susan Fox


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