Spring '16 Just Before the Big Bloom



The garden continues to be in fat bud stage, except for a few Tea roses that are now in full bloom – Monsieur Tillier looked like this yesterday. That's Rouletii overhead. I shot this and all the rest of the images in this post with my iPhone 6s. There is something so appealing about the phone's mobility. This shot would have been hard to come by with my big Canon.



Here's another shot of the darling Monsieur T.



This view is from outside the deer fence. With all that land how could I not continue to plant roses and hope for the best? M. Tillier back there actually is guarded with wire fencing, which handily is not showing in the photo. That's the mighty wanderer James Mason in the foreground.



This is Tea, Gilbert Nabonnand, who is a tallish sprawler in my garden. It's been blooming for a few weeks now and I've made many bouquets. Gilbert is planted outside wire fencing – deer rarely munch it.



And last but not least. I'm very proud of this gorgeous melianthus, not the typical rose garden companion, but so very wild and fun. I cut it to the ground yearly and it comes back full force every time. Happy spring to you all!


Pink Rose Memories


Imagine an adventurous and hot day in the glorious Sacramento Old City Cemetery Rose Garden shooting hundreds of pictures (this was in April 2015), and then a seventy mile drive home with two best flower friends. It must have been about 5:00 pm when Susan and I dropped Mary at her doorstep. Mary cheerily invited us to hop out of the car and take a tour of  her garden. 


Weary me was less than enthusiastic, though I did pause long enough to shoot Mary's pretty side yard on our way to the rosebeds in the back garden.



But then I perked right up when I saw this powder pink rambler by the back gate.



And when the perfect blooms of Sparrieshoop, in the same color palette, presented herself I was at full attention with my camera. The opportunity to frame these blooms on a patch of lime feverfew was good too.



Then the joy of zooming in on the button center of Christopher Marlowe . . .



only to find Color Magic was waiting for me, a few yards away.





Mary has a number of (hard to grow where we live) peonies. Don't you love the blush on this one?



And how about this graceful farewell? I relish catching shots like this.

Thanks so much for the tour Mary and the fabulous photo op!




The pretty pinks followed me . . .



even into the house.




I just loved all these pictures when I first saw them and looked forward to making a post here. It was amazing to get so many good shots in such a short time (especially after a day of intensive shooting in Sacramento). It's almost been a year and hopefully its never too late. Let me know what you think. That is my daughter Anna's knitting with yarn she purchased at the amazing Webster's in Ashland, Oregon.



A Great Place to Buy Roses

On a summer road trip to Oregon I finally had a chance to visit Heirloom Roses.


My friend Mary Knowles, who I was traveling with, had recently mail ordered many roses from Heirloom for a large rose garden she designed for a California client. Mary was especially impressed by Heirloom's packaging and the high quality of their roses. I'd known about Heirloom for years and since the two of us were together, what could be more fun?






Nestled in beautiful Oregon countryside, Heirloom Roses has created a business aimed at fulfilling all our rose dreams and fantasies. From the beginning, founder John Clements wanted to know what we, the rose gardeners, wanted. If you follow the links in this text, you'll enter Heirloom's easy-to-use and well thought out website. All the info you need for growing perfect roses is at your fingertips!


Brenda burg rose



Heirloom has extensive display gardens where you can see the growth habit of the roses you are interested in. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed and when we found out that there would be a sale the following weekend, Mary and I decided to come back and bring my sister with us.




I ended up purchasing eight roses, at least five were on sale. I'm now the proud gardener of Aunt Honey, Folksinger, Country Dancer: roses that I will use especially for flower arranging; Rosy Cushion for ground cover in front of Hybrid Teas; Penny Lane to climb along my garage wall; Polka to climb in a perfect spot where I can see its amazing blooms; Louise Clements, because it is so unique in form and color, and because it was bred by John Clements for his wife; and Hawkeye Belle, an old favorite, and excellent shade rose, that I want to try in a sunnier spot in my garden.



If you follow the links to the roses that I purchased, you will come to printable pages with info about the rose. This is very helpful for planning where I will plant, and it's also ideal for my archives. My sister, Judy, who bought at least five more roses than I did, will find these pages very helpful.



Here we are with our treasures! My sister will be driving back to La Grande, and I'm heading for CA.



A few weeks before our Oregon trip, Mary told me that she had just received a rose order for her client from Heirloom, she asked if I might want to see how nicely it was packaged. Yes indeed, and I wanted to photograph it for you so that you will feel eager and confident to use this great rose resource. 



One more thing, this is number two of thirty-three greenhouses that Heirloom has– full of glorious roses for you and me to buy.


In recent years, many rose nurseries have gone out of business, so I'm especially happy to see a rose nursery that is thriving. There are more wonderful nurseries that I will be mentioning later, and I've recently updated my Rose Sources page.