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Rosa Palustris

 

On a visit to The Gardener last week, Susan Donley and I each bought one of these perfect porcelain vases. This is R. palustris, The Swamp Rose, after she posed in a flowernotes magazine shoot.

 

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I like the simplicity and thought why not do a single image post for a change. I hope you enjoy.

 

this morning I saw light kiss

the silk of the roses

 

~from The Round, by Stanley Kunitz

 


Rose Bouquet Gathering of Royalty

 

It's a special privilege to harvest roses from one's own garden any day of the year. On May 16, for the Celebration of Old Roses, I knew it was going to be slim pickings though, since my roses were almost spent. Several shrubs only had one rose to offer, but in the end, the bouquet I made for our flowernotes display table managed to include seventeen exquisite members of genus rosa.

 

Roses-outside

 

Mixed-roses

I'm kind of sentimental about these bouquets, because the offering always has so much history whether it's from a gardener's point of view or from rose history itself.

 

Madame-hardy-rose

I fell in love with Madame Hardy in an ancient church yard, on an overcast day in England.

 

The-swamp-rose

I first saw The Swamp Rose, R. palustris, in Marilyn Wellan's Louisiana garden. I thought it was a spirea with thin elegant leaves, as it hadn't bloomed yet. This sweet thing is my latest favorite– just look at those elegant buds.

 

Perle-d'or

The wonderful Perle d'Or, a must for every rose garden, in my humble opinion. It took me a long time to figure out how to get this to grow. I found it's best not to deadhead it, since it gets fresh growth along the panicles.

 

Carolyn-parker-rose

This little honey is a seedling that appeared at the foot of Kathleen in my garden. I think it would be fun to call her Carolyn Parker! 

 

I'll tell you the names of the ten other roses in the bouquet, because they are all fabulous, and you might want to look them up on Help Me Find and even purchase them for your garden. Albertine, Shoener's Nutkana, Jeanne La Joie, Kathleen, Escapade, R. roxburghii, Pink Gruss an Achen, Apothecary's Rose, Shailer's Provence, Common Moss. I'm sorry to say, there are three I don't have names for.

 

Bouquet-in-house

As you can see, I never tire of taking pictures of such bouquets.

 

Bouquet-in-garden

And here is one last shot, after I finished putting it together in the cold windy morning–always a solitary and happy time.

 

 


From Our Fall Rose Garden

 

Yesterday (October 28, 2014), I had the pleasure of making two large, matching bouquets for a birthday event. The roses were just beginning to bloom in their last (fourth) cycle, and amazingly, a few hydrangeas had regrouped and were blooming fresh and blue. 

 

Pink-roses-&-hydrangeas

 

2-large-matching-rose-bouquets

My 74" x 36" island counter is just the right length for working simultaneously on two bouquets. A good idea if you want them to match each other. I first added long stems of my favorite mint pelargonium (this will be gone after the first frost). Then came the hydrangeas making a nice poufy nest for long and lovely stems of mostly pink roses.

 

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Hydrangea-rose-bouquet

 

Renae-Rose

Pink-gruss-an-achen-&-hermosa-roses

Poulsen's-pearl

Hermosa, Pink Gruss an Aachen, Renae and Poulsen's Pearl are some of the roses included, two fabulous stems of Mrs. Oakley Fisher in bud, and long stems of Honor also made up the mix.

 

Hydraangea-bouquet

 

When the party was over, the roses were recycled for another designer, and I brought home the hydrangeas. Hmm– – – we'll see– – – there are many more rose stories out in the garden before winter comes.