My good friends at The Garden Conservancy just put out a special publication on preserving gardens in America. In one of the articles, Mac Griswold, noted landscape historian and author, observed that “gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.” And with the performing arts come Divas. Roses, bless their hearts, could be referred to as such. But the pleasures they bring make up for the maintenance they require.
In recent posts, I highlighted two rose features (the rose chain and the arch of roses) that truly make a statement here at Parterre. Now for an overview of where and how roses decorate our garden areas throughout the property. No surprise, as I become more and more besotted with roses, the Cutting Garden becomes less about all forms of cutting flowers and more about roses (of course, taking the place of former peony beds which now reside in the back courtyard across from the 80′ rose chain).
Always a favorite, and so reliable (and healthy!), ‘Julia Child.’
A closeup of 2 new David Austin stunners, ‘Ancient Mariner’ and ‘Pink Enchantment.’
The new rose trellis on the western side of the Cutting Garden well supports the bountiful climbers, ‘Deelish’ and ‘Souvenir de Baden-Baden.’
Directly across from the Cutting Garden, the rose ‘Falstaff’ shows off long trails of their rich crimson-merlot color.
I love their climbing habit, too, so we’re trying them on the western side of the Orangerie.
On the eastern side of this garden folly, ‘Eden,’ which has been such a bloomer on the rose arch, twines around the antique leaded windows (NOTE, one thing I’ve learned about climbing roses is that they enjoy being grown laterally).
But truly, the pleasure of snipping roses and filling assorted vases to place in as many spots around the house as possible is what it’s all about for me! Going out in the early morning to cut is the perfect way to start the day. Needless to say, I go into a bit of a slump between bloom periods…
Whether it’s ‘Eden,’
Or ‘Crown Princess Margaretha,’ I’m happiest when creating arrangements.
What are your favorite roses??