Category Archives: roses

Impulse Purchase – Hydrangea “Glowing Embers”

A trip to Weston Nurseries for some rhododendrons for the rhodie walk through the woods — a multi-year project, and I found room for just one more thing; this beauty. I have it sitting in the pot near rose Graham … Continue reading

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June is here

I mowed the last of the bugleweed (ajuga) in the lawn as the blossoms were over and the pollinators had moved on to the rhodies.  The smell of lily of the valley was replaced by the more subtle scent of … Continue reading

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Seven Sisters Pruning Question

I promise the next post will be pretty pictures but I’d like suggestions. I am not sure how to prune Seven Sisters.  I will be deadheading this, which was magnificent, and I’ll have to do some serious thinning, too.  This … Continue reading

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Tomatoes, 2012

  It’s the time of year when most garden chores change from starting things to maintaining them.  Mundane tasks like mowing and weeding have taken the place of dramatic decisions about what and when to plant. And some harvesting. I’ve … Continue reading

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Seven Sisters Rose

This really goes with my last post but WordPress’s graphics editor is so yucky that I can’t integrate it, it overwrites one of the other pictures.  This, like the shots with the clematis, was taken of the arbor in front … Continue reading

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Rose Seven Sisters and Clematis Jackmanii

Clematis Jackmanii and Seven Sisters Rose Seven Sisters is the latest of my once-blooming spring roses. Once-blooming roses are often ignored in favor of the many ever blooming roses on the market. But when I visited gardens where they were … Continue reading

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Austin Rose Teasing Georgia

About a yellow climbing rose with pictures for a gardens friend.  At least that’s my excuse for another post on roses.  And I’m sticking to it!   I don’t remember this rose being classified as a climber when I purchased … Continue reading

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May Flowers

Yes, there are other things happening in my garden besides roses, but can you blame me for being obsessed? The gallery below starts with shots of the front walkway.  The pink rose near the door is Gertrude Jekyll (yes, again) … Continue reading

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Rose Gertrude Jekyll

While not the first to open, she is the first to put out a display in my garden. When I was checking the spelling, I noticed her descrbed as a climber.  I don’t think so.  Like many Austin roses, she … Continue reading

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Rose, the Woman and her Garden

I just read the book “Madame Toussaud”, by Michelle Moran; bear with me here for a short deviation from gardens.  Madame was an incredible woman, although she must have been all business first.  If the characterization is true, I’m sure that … Continue reading

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Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Traditions are important in France and change is slow in coming. I was made sad this year to find out that the very hotel that I was recommending when I surprised myself by saying the words, “whenever I’m in Paris”, has … Continue reading

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I am not crazy

Well, not much and not on this issue.  The first year I got this rose, it bloomed about this time of year for the first time.  I was really disappointed and called J & P to tell them they had … Continue reading

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Mulch

July is when I realized that I was insane.  Or at least that my decision to keep up with the weeds in the rose bed without mulching must have been made in a moment of insanity.  My father told me that … Continue reading

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My Roses this Spring

Gallery updated July 16, 2011 with three new shots from the rose ghetto.  I think the third shot, a hybrid tea, pink blend, is “Love and Peace” but I can’t find the purchase info!  All of the roses have done … Continue reading

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Happy bumblebee

I don’t seem to have a problem with pollinators like some people are reporting.  Although it’s also true that many of those I see are wasps or bumblebees, not honeybees.  I’d been tying up tomatoes before this photo was shot … Continue reading

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Michigan State University Rose Garden

This garden got top points for sheer impact with roses on my midwest trip.  It has the advantage of being small and well designed.  The rose beds are raised so that even the shorter roses are near eye level.  It … Continue reading

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Pruning Roses

When I got up today the sun was shining and I decided to wade through the remaining snow to do, well OK, start, a big job on two of my roses.  After much research, I’ve decided that the way to take care … Continue reading

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Parc Floral, Orleans France

I found this park on one of my first visits to France. My early research had advised me that the Loire Valley was the place to visit for garden interest.  Although it doesn’t have the history of Monet’s Garden or … Continue reading

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Peace Garden, Caen France

These are pictures from the Peace Garden, it’s associated with the War Memorial in Caen.  There were not good directions to the gardens itself, but if you drive around the block where the Memorial is located, you will find it.  … Continue reading

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Doue la Fontaine, Les Chemins de la Rose

 This rose garden is in the Loire Valley so it makes a nice change of pace when you’re there to visit all the old, historic chateaux.  It’s a rose lover’s dream! http://www.cheminsdelarose.com/

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