What is your 'vision' when you garden with roses?
I know this is such a personal question, and one I'm sure that has been discussed here in the past, but I'd love to know what all of you have in mind when you plant roses.
Everyone I suppose has their own gardening style. Some are collectors, some try to recreate an historic landscape, some want to evoke a feeling from their past that they experienced in a loved one's garden years ago. Others may have stumbled onto rose growing by happenstance, like me.
I was an avid gardener in my 20s when I discovered roses. I was on a nursery excursion, something I did every spring. Sort of a personal quest for renewal after the long New England winter. I visited all the nurseries and garden centers, small and large, boutique and general within a 200 mile radius or so of my house. And I experienced one of those unique golden moments in a gardeners life. I found a little place tucked into the mountains far from most cities, or even towns. It was run by two ladies from England. They specialized in historic plants, not just roses. The grounds were lovely, lots of stone terraces and rock garden plants as well as well groomed lawns and statuary. In the house where they sold garden accessories, they served cream tea in the afternoon. When the weather was good the afternoon tea was served in the garden.
I bought my first rose there. It was Konegin von Danemark. Funny, I remember the staff trying to convince me to buy Felicite Parmentier instead, I don't really know why. I guess they thought it would be a better rose for a newbie. I think both are perfect for a newbie! Anyway it did the job, it got me hooked for life.
And now I've moved at least 10 times since then. And I've had as many gardens. All have been different. But all have had roses, and they always will.
So what's my "vision" - well, I would say that has evolved over the years. And while I wish I were still in my 20s with the energy that goes with that, the experience I've gained over the years has helped, a little! The mind is a funny thing right? We tend to forget the bad stuff and remember the good. So my gardens now are mixed with all the plants I have loved and have learned about over the years. And while I have never lived anywhere long enough to see my creations come to full maturity, I still have seen some real beauty wherever I have been.
What about you? Where has your rose growing vision taken you and your gardens?