Love of roses

January 2015

When we move home, we are often advised to ‘live with’ the house for a year, in order to see how we actually use the space. However, with the garden, it’s a different story.

Whilst it’s lovely to have the luxury of time in order to see how the outside space works and what perennials and bulbs come up over the year, there’s always in my mind the underlying need to define boundaries, to get hedges and trees in swiftly and to start to claim the garden as one’s own.

I write this a year to the day after having moved to our dream home. A village house, tucked away from the High Street, with a garden with room enough for rooms. If I decide to go down the Rooms Route, of course. I’ve had twelve months to consider and re-jig the layout, and I’ll write about this in  later posts.

For now, the excitement is in the bareroot roses which were planted November: they have started to push out tiny pinky-red shoots which means THEY ARE GROWING. It never fails to amaze me that  the bundles of raggedy dirty spiky sticks which arrive in November, only a few months later provide the most gorgeous of blooms.

This time I’ve had the chance to indulge my love of the rose. More next time on why I selected them, but for the moment, here are some of the  thirty roses which have gone into the garden:

  • Adelaide d’Orleans
  • Creme de la Creme
  • Snow Goose
  • Ghislaine de Feligonde
  • The Lady of the Lake
  • Cecile Brunner Climbing
  • Eglantyne
  • Ispahan
  • Charles de Mills
  • The Lark Ascending
  • Zepherine Drouhin

2 comments on “Love of roses

  • rentahive  

    I can smell them now….uplifting….I too have to choose some roses but I restrict myself to scented ones, my favorite being Gertrude Jeckyll….lovely!

  • Rebecca Smith  

    Heaven – I cannot wait to see how your garden grows.
    We moved house 3 years ago exactly and first thing I planted was an orchard and then the surrounding yew hedge. The rest has had to wait while we fixed the house but your roses are inspiring me to get my act together.

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