Posts Tagged With: Roses
Oh I love, love, love a single petal, climbing rose. And “Purple Splash” is one of my favorites. I wake up, I water the roses, I deadhead the roses, I cut them and arrange them. I go to sleep and I dream of … roses.
I am not a rosarian. Although, I have probably sixty different roses in my garden. But I make no claim to expertise or any particular knowledge other than my pure emotional response to the simple, garden rose. I must confess, although it is a luxury, my roses mostly come from one source. They are hybrids of old strong-scented English roses with modern repeat flowering plants from the esteemed David Austin. I am a fan. I admit it. Point me toward a David Austin rose and I will buy it.
And here are the first roses of 2012, waiting to be put into a vase. Ahhh… summer … it is here. The scent of it is heavenly!
It was a beautiful day to attend to things in the garden so the minute I could I ran off to Cottage Gardens of Petaluma. They have everything there you can think of and the actual nursery is so beautiful to walk around in you may never leave. But today I went there because they have such an amazing selection of pots and planters. I picked up several pots for roses, and then couldn’t resist buying an old rusty trellis and a pink climbing rose — Cecile Brunner — to plant against a green stucco wall behind the pool. When it blooms, I’ll be sure to blog it!
Then it was off to the Garden Valley Ranch which is a magnet for all rosarians. Virtually every rose you can think of is here, and many you may never heard of. Nothing is in bloom yet, but in a few weeks I’ll wander back and take some photos of some of the roses themselves. But I did pick up several David Austen roses I wanted and then took the time to wander about taking pictures of the grounds.
A quick snap of last year’s garden. In a few weeks they will bloom again!
“A rose is a rose is a rose” – Gertrude Stein