Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Site of My Rose Garden


It isn't much NOW but it will be SOMEDAY!

Rose gardens are a little intimidating for me, and let's face it, I don't much like what I see out there.  Lots of leggy, spindly stuff; leaves with blackspot and powdery mildew; sticking out of the ground with the ever-so-tacky baby's breath growing around it.

I believe roses should be robust, bold, ever-blooming with leaves that camouflage canes and and canes that rise, arch, and carry an endless supply of buds.

Hybrids... ummmm... I don't think so.  Miniature roses?  Only if you're a Hobbit.  Give me English roses, floribundas, climbers, shrubs.

Mixed with the right companion plants and the right seating, we should be okay.

The area measures 550 square feet.

Should make for a nice room, between the deck and the vegetable garden, with living walls on three sides.  It should also provide a nice view from the deck, not to mention a pleasing olfactory experience.

The obelisks look really good.  I like them.  Thank you Plow and Hearth!

This will be fun.... I'm looking forward to it!


  1. I hope you'll be around to post a picture of it before and after with those robust roses. Gardening is so great for anticipation and I can envision it for you!

  2. You've got a lot of room for your roses there! Hope you'll include some of the rugosas that smell so sweet, like 'Roseraie de l'Hay.'

  3. You are really putting a lot of thought into creating your gardens. These will be awesome once filled with rose blooms!

  4. Wendy, I love this!! Look how much room you have!

  5. Yes, yes, yes kids. A lovely, full-sun spot for roses. Would like a square pergola in the center to roof seating (benches, coffee table, ya know) and now working out the dimensions. Long, long trellises going up the house towards the right on that boring Wal-Mart gray wall draped in my gorgeous New Dawns and autumn clematis. Lots to think about but you know how good it feels when you KNOW in your head EXACTLY that this is how it should be.

    Thanks, ladies, for the vote of confidence. GA... Roseraie de l'Hay is wonderful... I also like Therese Bugnet. Spicy fragrance, blooms like mad, hard to kill, and its only enemy is the Japanese Beetle.

    Tina, I have 200 batteries for the camera JUST for this room. Photos will follow, be sure! Skeeter, it's gone from "a lot of thought" to "obsessing". Best gardens come from obsessive folks, no?

    Audrey, still doesn't feel like a lot of room until I drop a $35 floribunda on the ground, step back to take a photo, and realize I can't see it unless I zoom in. LOL LOL LOL

    Happy Mother's Day, all. :-)

  6. A blank canvas just waiting for you to fill it will loads of colorful blooms. :)



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