All the rain that we’ve been receiving must have been laced with Miracle Grow! I have never seen such bountiful blooms or healthier plants, with canes that were as thick as my index finger. A longtime favorite that never disappoints (maybe because it’s named after Julia Child) is a rich butter-colored floribunda.
Between parties and threatening rainstorms, I gathered enough roses to partake in one of my much anticipated summer pastimes — flower arranging. It is such a perfect way to “get in touch” with your flowers and appreciate them on a whole ‘nother level.
With roses I often think French, so out come the wire baskets. The featured arrangement (top) represents 9 different cultivars…Ancient Mariner, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Boscobel, Alnwick Rose, Jubilee Celebration, Carding Mill, Olivia Rose, Liv Tyler and Tiffany.
No surprise that I decided to move my peonies to a new set of beds in the back courtyard and add more roses to the cutting garden! They now take their place in cobblestone-detailed squares with the 20 year old pear espalier on the east side as one backdrop…
and new lattice borders on the west side as another (sharing space with a complimentary clematis).
Outside the cutting garden, roses serve double duty by contributing their charms as design elements in addition to those blooms for decor within the house. The rose chain adds so much to the back courtyard where I drive in and out many times a day. ‘Crown Princess Margaretha’ (suggested in person by David Austin, Jr.) presents the most delicious picture come mid-June… especially with the majestic weeping beech in the background. This image always makes me feel like I’m attending a wedding, with rose petals lining the bride’s path.
Eden Rose (or originally known as ‘Pierre Ronsard’) fronts the wall posts leading into the backyard and will one day soon complete the climb up the tall iron arch…while iron trellises dress up the walls of the small out building showing off my first, and still favorite rose, Abraham Darby.
And finally, Falstaff is a happy climber on the lattice “shutters” of the garage window that looks out on the cutting garden.
From shell pink to peach, to apricot and warm yellow, soft cerise, salmon blush, brilliant pink, and fuchsia…roses never disappoint (or at least their colors and fragrance make up for their maintenance challenges).