Patience is a virtue that every gardener has learned to accept. Those dreams and visions we have that inspire design decisions, plant selections, and tree placements may take years to realize. Well, it’s been 21 years this month since the gardens and landscapes were installed around the house we built in 1999. Patience has been rewarded…especially as regards the chain of roses.
One detail that always stayed with me in the many rose gardens I’ve visited–whether it was Westbury in Long Island or Parc de Bagatelle outside Paris–is a rose chain. Luckily, early after moving in, I realized that not only did I have the perfect spot for one but that it would also enhance a service side of the property, the back courtyard where the 4 garages are located.
Understandably, this is an area that I use many times a day, making it all the more important for floral visuals. Of course, the Parterre Bench is very happy here, nestled against the grand weeping beech, another Newport signature. That summer white really pops against the deep, beech green.
Given all the rain, and number of years, this may finally be the moment when the David Austin ‘Crown Princess Margaretha’ roses will finally meet along each 15’chain. They have a bit of sentimental value to me for it was David Austin, Jr. who actually suggested this variety when he visited Parterre during a Newport Flower Show many years ago. It’s difficult to imagine not falling in love with this lush, apricot beauty with so many, many petals.
What pleasure they have brought while they were (slowly) progressing to this point! I never truly realized until now what a special addition their cheerful color is to Parterre. Given that there are nine full bushes of them in an 80′ elongated half circle it is a spectacle to enjoy…and they tend to bloom on and off all summer!
I’ve photographed them at all times of the day, even rising at 6:15am last weekend to the sound of fog horns to capture them. Seeing them shrouded in mist is such a Newport moment.
This past weekend would have been the 25th anniversary of the Newport Flower Show; sadly, it did not take place. But nevertheless, the roses of Newport always seem to bloom obligingly just about this time. It would have been a whopper of a horticultural display. Maybe a prelude to next year…
Happy roses to you. And if it has dawned on you that the Parterre Bench pairs very well with roses, scoot over to the website to learn more about making this bespoke Bench a part of your treasured garden.