Thursday, 2 June 2011

Red, white and blue and roses, roses, roses...

 It's June- the month of the roses ! By pure coincidence both the blue iris , the red rose and also the white rose are in flower at the same time today in my garden- ( slightly too late for American Memorial day but still..pretty good ..) so I thought to send you this lovely red- white and blue to brighten your day. Ah!The colours of roses...
Red-white and blue are not just the colours of the American and English flag, but also of the Dutch flag- so for a Dutch person like me, it's super cheerful and very apt. So I made myself a very patriotic nose-gay.

  I have been tending and nurturing my roses- I wished I had many more than I have at the moment- but then, maybe not on second thoughts. Roses are enticing and alluring like a voluptuous  1950's Starlet with dark red velours Capri-pants, but also just as temperamental . This rose-arch here below , as you can see , is clad with two white climbing roses .These are really two yellow rose trees .They died off. The roots were left in the soil . Then the roses regenerated themselves and then the roses came back as white climbing roses .
Here is a close -up of the rose.It has a lovely lemony scent .But it just goes to show that rose equals unexpected surprises .I still would have preferred the yellow.But then  - the scent is lovely.So it's a keeper.
Just a tip in case you're thinking " rose-arch" : if you want to put a rose-arch up, put the legs of your  arch quite deep in the soil and then secure with quick-setting cement. My last rose-arch - which looks perfectly fine here last year- see here
was not secured properly ,  fell over, and the metal was completely twisted and unusable because of the weight of the roses .It's not much fun having to completely untie a climbing rose full of thorns from an old rose-arch !So remember- in case of a rose arch : dig deep and concrete in !
The dogs were quite helpful while I was digging the trenches for my arch and trying to get as much cement in my hair as I could in the space of 10 minutes, and kept me entertained, running around amongst all the fallen roses.
And Maud came out of the shrubbery looking like this:
No idea how she got this forget-me-not flower in her hair-this is how she came out - but I think it's adorable.                                                                                                                                                      
My other advice is : be kind to your roses and don't keep them in a pot , but plant them whenever you can, in  full soil ( with some nice and smelly manure).They love that and reward you with clusters and clusters of flowers.This climber is called" Teasing Georgia" .It's getting so big and so full of roses now it's getting a bit scary.The rose-heads are so heavy they all droop down, like they are all looking at you and figuring out what they will do next.Grow some more I guess!!
It's a modern rose, but with the look of an old-fashioned rose..Here's a detail. Lovely and yummy.Almost so tasty that you want to take a bite out of it!Yum!
But I previously had it in a pot and was lucky to have three roses on it during  the whole summer.So get those spades out and those bags of manure and start digging!! 
Soon you will have a house covered in roses, and more sugar- coated rose-petals and self-made rose water  , than you can shake a stick at !                                                                             
I have high hopes for this rose I planted last year-called " Albertine "  a real monster from a growing speed point of view.
 I hope to goodness she hurries up and covers the whole front of my house with an explosion of pink  bubblegum rose extravaganza and I will have to fight my way to the front door with an jungle-knife.
I am so looking forward to that day !  Sadly, the score at present it is...about seven roses on the whole thing .
All good things come to those that wait- that's especially true for gardeners!
                                                       Have a great rest of the week!                                                                
I am linking this to the following link parties ( the button is at the bottom of my page ):

Tuesday garden party. Wow us Wednesday .Show and tell Wednesday.Swing into Spring Wednesday.Tablescape Thursday.    Transformation Thursday, Inspiration Friday.                                                                  



Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Bea,

What a load of 'huge' roses you have! So healthy and lush. My, if they got cow-manure they were lucky. Here the soil is very poor, the waterholding capacity is almost non-existent and than the scorching heat. The month of May was already hot and now we go even up from there, till September. I've seldom seen such great looking and big sized roses. That has to do purely with nutrients indeed. Ours are fuller in the spring and fall when the heat goes down, already one aspect.
You are so right about using enough concrete! The elements with stormy weather, plus the weight of those shrubs hanging on there make them fall over easily.
Maud looked so darling with her forget-me-not in her hair. Like she was drawing all attention to her; away from your concrete project...

Lots of love,


At The Picket Fence said...

Your gardens look absolutely enchanting and your roses are incredible! Ours are just getting ready to open and I can't wait to get my hands on them for arrangements. :-) Thanks so much for coming and sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Lynn said...

Beautiful red, white and blue arrangement! Love the pics of the dogs, too cute:@)

Unknown said...

Oh... I don't think that you can have too many roses. I have 11 bushes and I too wish I had more. Your front door will be gorgeous! The pictures of the forget me nots in your puppy's hair is just adorable. :)

Thank you so much for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday! :)


Unknown said...

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Have a great weekend!


Zinnia said...

What a beautiful composition. What a cute flower girl you have in Maude. Wish you a nice weekend! Zinnia

Raina Cox said...

Happiest of Birthdays, lovely lady!

Anonymous said...

These are so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
xo E + J

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Bea I need your help!! My Orchid is dying and I dont know why!! I feed him (harry is his name) give him plenty of light yet he's falling apart! You are a flower growing GOD what am I doin wrong? Is Harry gonna die?

P.s. your dog with flower in head, so cute.

Modern Country Lady said...

Hi Bri, here's my advice to hopefully keep your Orchid Harry alive:
Treat 'm mean- and Harry might just pull through.( Not as mean as me as I rreally push my luck and had 2 of these die on me !! - as I completely overdid it and completely ignored them , hahaha).
So.Light but no sunlight.Zilch.So a gloomy kitchen- just the thing.On the windowsill but never direct sunlight.Don't feed too much.Don't water too much.Try once a week.. or even less.. sounds cruel I know.
They're tricky, and I only managed once to keep an orchid a whole year AND get new flowers- so... good luck!!