In Our Eden Jamie and I have started a small collection of roses. We were inspired to try again by Phillip’s wonderful rose garden. Years ago I had 16 or 17 hybrid tea roses. While they were beautiful to look at and I did very well with them, they were just way too much work. If you didn’t spray them at least once a week the black spot would take over and soon you would be left with nothing but blooming stems. Here are a few roses blooming in our garden. I’ve tried my best to provide you with dates of introduction, to my knowledge they are correct but I could be mistaken.
‘Dr. Van Fleet’ 1910
I’m not certain of the name of this rose. It’s a hardy old shrub rose that my neighbor gave me. The blooms are simple and they don’t last for long, but when it blooms… you can smell the scent all over the garden!
This is ‘New Dawn’ -1930; she’s just about bloomed out for the year. I still wanted to get a picture of her for the list. From what I understand ‘Dr. Van Fleet’ is her father.
‘Peggy Martin’ did not disappoint us this year! We just planted this rose in our garden last summer and look at it. The best part is it’s thorn less. I can really appreciate a rose with no thorns. This rose survive 2 weeks under salt water after hurricane Katrina in the garden of Ms. Peggy Martin, hence the name.
Jamie and I know very few or really, no gardeners in our area. On one of the streets coming into our neighborhood is a house with a beautiful garden in the front and back. I’m not the type of person to just walk right up and knock on a stranger’s door so I’ve been waiting for two years to catch the owner outside. Well, I finally did. His name is Ray; he’s a master gardener and a super nice guy. He showed me around his garden and I got a chance to see his wonderful Japanese Maple collection. I invited Ray to see our garden and later that evening he popped in on us. It was really neat to show our garden like that. Other than Phillip and Michael, we haven’t had the chance to show off our hard work to other gardeners in person. I mean, you can show it to your non-gardening friends, but only another gardener can fully understand the hard work and love that you’ve put into it. The next morning Ray popped in on us again, this time with a beautiful gift. This ‘The Fairy’ -1932 rose! The crazy thing is I was just reading about it the day before. How cool is that?
I’m particularly pleased with this new purchase! 'Petit Pink Scotch', I love it! We got it this weekend at one of our favorite nurseries. This rose was discovered in an 18th century plantation garden in North Carolina in 1949. It was believed to have been brought there by Scottish or English immigrants.
This is what I love about it! Look at it's itty bitty blooms! Dontcha just love them? ‘Petit Pink Scotch’ it can make a 4 to 6 foot mound of beautiful tiny blooms. The only drawback (if it even is one) is it’s the thorniest think you’ve ever seen. I think I can deal with the thorns in exchange for the blooms.
‘Petit Pink Scotch’ 1949
‘Red Cascade’ 1976
‘Veilchenblau’ 1909 and ‘Zephirine Droughin’ 1868
The KnockOut hedge really filled in well. ‘Radtko’ 2005
‘Reve d’Or’ 1869
I'm glad you took this little garden tour with me! :-)