Layers of lovely in the garden with garden roses.
Today for Friday Favorites – we are stepping back into the garden to talk about pretty blooms instead of gophers gobbling up plants left and right. Side note: The roses are planted in cages to protect them also. They are another favorite. And I have noticed that none of the allium I planted last year has popped up this year. So now I am wondering just how much feasting those critters have been doing. Aye.
Back to the pretty blooms- the iceberg roses are blooming and some of the garden roses are almost blooming which has me feeling pretty excited about the garden and spring weather. Unfortunately, our wisteria won’t be making an appearance this year- we had a late season cold storm come through and drop a ton of water that then froze over night- and though we covered the wisteria along with everything else- the blooms and leaves were all damaged and wilted. It has been a bit of an odd and frustrating weather year for sure. Today, we are taking a look back at the garden roses we planted last year and stay tuned for the new additions in the garden this year too.
Every time I cut a rose bloom- I think of my grandfather. Gramps was a master gardener- and he started a landscaping/gardening type business when he retired. When we bought our house, he came over and wandered through the property and told us what all what all the plants and shrubs and trees were. And when it came to roses- he taught me how to prune roses back to a 5 leaf area that is pointing to the outside of the rose bush.
Combined with my love of roses and the memories of that secret rose garden behind my childhood home that I used to wander over to- roses have a special place in my heart and garden. I can’t seem to get enough and tend to fall in love with any pretty face and any pretty scent. Today I am sharing some of the new garden roses that we planted this year, the ones we just added last week and what we planted years ago.
Cecile Brunner Rose
This one is a favorite every time I share it. Those barely blushing pink dainty blooms that fade to a white are so pretty. We planted several of these climbing roses probably about 8- 10 years ago and they have absolutely filled in beautifully over the arch in the front.
In the backyard- they creep up over the ivy wall fence and have started to trail down the front. The mix and mingle of the roses with the ivy in spring is one of my favorite views.
Earth Angel Rose
This is another favorite blush bloom. We have about 10 of these in the greenhouse garden area- and just planted 6 more in the new potting shed path area. So, I guess you could say they are one of my all time favorites. What I love about them: The cupped blooms with layers of petals and the scent is so delicious.
This is a cottage garden favorite – and probably one of the most well known ‘cabbage’ type roses. We planted three varieties of Eden rose this spring- Eden, Eden Pink and Eden White- and they were incredible when they were first planted.
Unfortunately, the heat combined with shock after they were planted has left them a little less than pretty for the past month. We now see some new growth coming in – so hopefully they will start blooming again soon.
All Dressed Up Rose
These are blooming like crazy right now- this basket full is what I clipped just yesterday. And I am quite obsessed with their sweet smell and layers of ruffly petals. We planted these 8 rose bushes in April- and they have absolutely grown like weeds and put on so many buds. They have a sturdy stalk and build- which is much different than some of the others we have and they do seem to love the heat. They start out as a true pinky pink- and now are more faded to a blush pink after opening.
The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild
We recently planted 12 of these along the potting shed path. They are not blooming just yet- so I will do an update with them when they do. These are a David Austin rose and supposed to look just like peonies when blooming- which of course will be amazing.
New Dawn Rose
Another new rose to us- but well known and loved rose- New Dawn is a climber that has been loved in old fashioned and cottage garden for years. We added a couple climbers to the fence area in the front to encourage them to grown along the fence and fill that in more. Not blooming yet- but will share when they do.
This is another well loved favorite. We bumped into just a couple of these cute little roses and decided to give them a try. Their blooms right now are quite small and they don’t have a ton of branch to cut- so think of them as a small or short bouquet kind of a rose.
Le Petite Prince Rose
Because I am all about layers of purples and pale pinks in the garden- I had to bring home a couple of Le Petite Prince. I found these in the garden section at Home Depot- and we planted them up by the potting shed. They are such a lovely pale shade of lavender- with almost a pink hue as well.
The purple rose in this larger arrangement are Le Petite Prince- the small blue & white mug is filled with Quicksilver roses.
This is from when we first brought them home from the store- you can see the brown edges on these blooms -probably from the crazy weather we were having since they haven’t seemed to have had any pests or fungus since.
To compliment the purples above- we also added 2 Quicksilver climbers to the same containers. These are stunning silvery purple roses that have layers and layers of ruffles.
We have several but to be honest-I don’t know the names of them. And phew! That is a lot of roses- and we aren’t done yet. The goal is to have the area below the greenhouse be a large cutting garden- with lots of roses on repeat. So we are adding more this fall – I am waiting on a few of my favorite David Austins to come back in stock – but what other roses do you suggest for this area? I love whites, blush, purples and pale peach mostly- but I don’t think I have met a rose (or peony) that I didn’t like.
Up Next- I will share a little bit about caring for roses and what we have learned. Roses are not always the easiest- though some of ours have bloomed like crazy and we haven’t done anything with them- so who knows what the secret is. We have learned some tricks and tips for those pesky bugs- and keeping the deer from eating every.last.bloom when they are blooming. ( Use Liquid Fence)
Any specific questions? Leave me a note and I will try to answer them as well! Happy Friday favorites all.