Rose season begins in my North Carolina garden
I haven't really posted pictures of my garden on the forum before, only a couple of pictures of The Pilgrim once. I feel a little shy about it because, well, my garden isn't done yet :) But I think most people here know each other by their gardens and I do so enjoy looking at and learning about everyone else's garden and watching how they progress.
So here is part of mine. I like cottage gardening and have been working on my gardens for four or five years. Just a very little the first two years because of deer pressure, which has recently become a bit of a problem again. As for roses, I've always had a few but until last year never focused any more energy on them than anything else in my garden. I just decided I wanted to last year.
I first learned about antique roses about seven years ago when I read a cute little book called Quite A Year for Plums. Rosa Mundi came in the story and I was intrigued. As soon as I started researching them I found David Austin and was very much sidetracked. I love his roses. I started adding antiques last year and can't wait until they put on some weight. Until them I am diligently de-budding.
I can't tell you how much I have benefited from the wealth of information in the threads on this forum and how amazing it is that I can read a thread from 2006 and see the names of people who are still posting this year. Thank you for your dedication and inspiration -- can you even imagine how many people you've helped that you don't even know about? :)
Babbling complete. Now pictures.
Part of my work in progress.
As a result of reading the Antique Rose Forum, I extended my front border down the slope and filled it with baby roses and seedlings. There are many weedlings in there as well. Husband put in the path, grateful to not have to mow that hill any more.
A Shropshire Lad opened this week. She climbs a pillar.
The blooms are nearly six inches. A result of the good advice I read here.
Next to A Shropshire Lad grows The Generous Gardener. Very lush, very generous, a little bit crazy. Fragrance is wafting already. She keeps reflecting the light though and I couldn't get a good picture of the flower.
A favorite: Queen of Sweden. This winter I hedged a path with her. Nothing really to show yet, especially since they were all nipped in the bud by deer. I console myself by thinking that it will be good for the growth.
My first tree rose: Tamora. She was the first rose to open.
Munstead Wood: She was on the cover of DA's catalog a few years back and I had to have one for myself. I am holding her head away from the daisy next to her. They clash horribly.
I really love climbing roses. (I love all climbing flowers actually.) Much to my disbelief, I started this one from a cutting. It's a big deal the first time you're successful ;)
I have to put a good word in for my Sunny Yellow Knockout Rose. I planted her while I was terrified of the deer and she has been a good friend to me. In late February when she leafs out, her foliage smells like grape bubble gum. She patiently attracts 75% of the Japanese beetles in my garden and puts up with their eating and mating.
She's not so bad at all.
P.S. Monsieur Boncenne actually is the one OGR blooming in my garden right now. So far healthy and vigorous but I must be honest, I ordered him when I believed that purple meant purple :)