Friday, May 10, 2013

The Main Rose Garden, Part 1

Walk with me around the area I call the main rose garden.  

Belle de Crecy

You are first met by Belle de Crecy, a once-blooming rose that I picked up on a whim.  It's coloring doesn't really go with the rest of the roses in this garden, but I love it anyway.  


Behind Belle de Crecy is planted Crepuscule.  It is just now starting to bloom.  It is only a few years old, and hasn't grown to its full height.

Crepuscule

To the right of Crepuscule and Belle de Crecy is Mrs. Dudley Cross, which starts out yellow and ends up pink.  She has just begun to open a few of her beautiful flowers.


Moving on, we find the roses (from the left) Perle d'Or, the golden Easy Livin', Gruss an Aachen in front, and to the right is Lady Hillingdon.

Perle d'Or

Livin Easy

Lady Hillingdon

If you look at the photo below, Lady Hillingdon is now on the left.  Not yet blooming are numerous roses squeezed into the top corner.

Monsieur Tillier will eventually add a shock of color.  Buff Beauty will fill out the top right.  Gee Whiz is hidden behind Gruss an Aachen, and a young Ilse Krohn Superior is squeezed in there, too. 




Squeezed.  That's exactly how they are planted, and one day it will be a jungle.  At that time, I will either remove some roses, or keep them pruned to fit the space allotted.

Do you see the white, pink, and orange blooms below the corner area?  Those roses I'll talk about in Part 2.  Stay tuned!





76 comments:

  1. Part one is lovely! Can't wait until Part II. I just planted Crepuscule on an arbor. Hmm, thought it might grow quickly, but maybe not!

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    1. Part 2 is even better! ;) I hope your Crepuscule grows quickly for you. I planted one here, it died, and I was determined that that was the rose that I wanted in that spot, so I got another one! It sulked a little the first year (have no idea what's wrong with that spot), but obviously, it outgrew it, because it seems to be happy now. Yours will be beautiful growing up an arbor.

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    2. Well, come visit it if you're visiting in the Dallas area. ;)

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    3. Thanks so much for the invite! I hope I get to some day - I would really love that! :)

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  2. Your garden is lovely, so many roses and that's just part 1. Love the new header too.

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    1. I only wish that all the roses were planted at the same time, but I have removed some, planted others, transplanted some, etc., etc. One day they will all be big and mature - and I'm not exactly sure I'll have enough room for them all!

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  3. Fantastic ! I love your roses HolleyGarden ! Which is the rose in your header photo ? Is that Crepuscule ? If so, I have to have it ! I found my first rose bud on 'Cinderella' today. a beautiful pink climber. Can't wait. I have Buff Beauty too and it is romping away. All my bare root English roses are doing well - it is their first season, they are all in leaf and growing strongly. Have you got a favourite rose ? I think mine is the David Austin English Rose 'Munstead Wood' which is the most beautiful dark crimson.

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    1. How exciting to find the first rose bud on your Cinderella! The rose on my header is Charles Darwin, an Austin rose. Some don't like it's coloring, and it does fade, but oh, I just love that touch of pink on it, and that fabulous bloom form. I think it's my favorite rose (at least for now). Everything I read says it grows 4 ft high x 3 ft wide, but mine is throwing arms all over the place, and growing more like a climber. I believe mine is on its own roots, too, so it's surprising that it's so vigorous.

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  4. Oh, a tour! I love a tour of a rose garden with so many pretties to see.

    I planted Belle de Crecy once. She was not at all happy in the ill-prepared bed I put her in and promptly died.

    You have some of the prettiest of the peachy colors. I will always regret not buying a two-gallon Tamora once when I found it. I look forward to seeing all the rest.

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    1. Peach and apricot are my favorite colors. I have more of this color in my garden than any other color, I think. I also like just plain old orange!

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  5. Just beautiful! I really love Belle de Crecy. Living in Texas you have a lot of humidity right? How do you keep your foliage so healthy? Do your roses get black spot? If I could find a way to stop the black spot, I think I'd get more roses because I just love them. Tell me your secret!!!

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    1. Christy, the secret is living in Texas! I do occasionally get some blackspot, but it's generally not too bad, since it's usually dry here, and hot! It usually quickly gets over 85 degrees here in the spring season, so blackspot is generally only a problem when we have rains during autumn. Plus, I grow mostly older roses or ones that have some resistance to this disease. Try looking for antique or old garden roses that do well in your area. Every place is different, and I hope you can find some roses to grace your garden.

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  6. I heard it called "cramscaping" once and I have to admit, this is what I do. I cramscape. But I don't mind. It's fun and somehow it all works out. Or if it doesn't I dig and amend and chock it up to learning.

    Your roses are fabulous. I love the Belle. Perle d' Or reminds me of Cecile Brunner. I'm looking forward to part 2.

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    1. Cramscaping! ha! I'm going to remember that description - it's exactly what I do! But, you're right, it all works out, and I like it better than a semi-empty bed, waiting for everything to grow to maturity. Perle d'Or is sometimes called 'yellow Cecile Brunner', so yes, the are very much like.

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    2. less weeding too - I would imagine, or at least you wont be able to see them. Belle de Crecy is really beautiful.

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  7. I bet spring in your garden must be wonderful. Thanks for taking me along on your walk. Your header is gorgeous.

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    1. I do enjoy the garden, especially in spring, but also again in autumn. Not so much when the heat of summer hits! ;)

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  8. Fabulous garden, beautiful roses! What is the name of the rose in your blog title photo? I like it a lot!

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    1. I love that rose, too - it's Charles Darwin.

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  9. I always imagine that your garden must smell wonderful with all the roses in flower Holley. I like the pink rose that opened the post. It doesn't look out of place with the things that you have planted around it. The header rose is gorgeous too!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer - Belle de Crecy only blooms once a year, so even if she looks a bit out of place to my eye, she's only temporary. I think if she bloomed all summer, I would have to move her. And yes, every now and then, if the wind isn't blowing, I can smell the sweet scent of the roses. I don't have the best sense of smell, so it's always a nice surprise.

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  10. I know we all want to grow things we can't but with the exception of Knockout and Carefree cultivars, roses just don't do that well here. So I grow a few of the easy ones and admire the rest in the gardens of people like you who can grow them so well.

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    1. I love the easy ones, too. I've also found that a lot of the older varieties are just as easy to grow. The problem with roses is that so many times, the ones that are easily available are the ones that are the hardest to grow!

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  11. Such wonderful roses, but I particularly love that Lady Hillingdon. I live in the borough of Hillingdon and it would be so appropriate in my garden. I've just found a few places that sell them in the UK and think I'll be making a purchase. Thank you for highlighting it.

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    1. Lady Hillingdon sounds very appropriate for you! I think you'll just love her. I think she is one of the prettiest roses in my garden, I just love her coloring. I did make a mistake one year and prune her a little harder than she liked. So, give her plenty of space, and I think she'll make a great rose for you.

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  12. Do I smell summer? What a lovely post! For me, the particularly fabulous thing about your roses is that they are so beautifully supported by your other planting. It makes them shine all the more strongly and creates a very lovely scene. I look forward to part 2!

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    1. I do like to have companion plantings in amongst the roses. I think all gardens need a rose or two, but I also can't imagine a garden with only roses, either!

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  13. Really lovely. Must be wonderful to walk about all of them and be able to enjoy all of their beauty.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. It can be very satisfying. In a few years they will be the size I want, but of course, we all know the tweaking is never done!

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  14. A jungle of roses - you'll need a machete to get in! Seriously, though, belle de crecy - I love the shape and colour, divine. And crepuscule too ... and the rest. Looking forward to next part.

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    1. I do worry a bit about the jungle. It can be quite a feat getting in and among them, especially at pruning time!

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  15. I love the new look and the new header to highlight your roses....these are just fabulous...can't wait for part 2.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I try not to change headers often, but every now and then is a bit uplifting to me.

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  16. Your garden is GORGEOUS... Love reading about all of your pretty colors. I KNOW how much work it takes to keep a garden pretty. Ours is beginning to look really nice now--with Irises and Azaleas blooming..

    We just got home from a week at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Had a fabulous time....

    Happy Mother's Day.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I am planning a trip to the beach this year, too. I am really looking forward to it. I think the beach is so relaxing. I'm glad you had a fabulous time.

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  17. Your new header is gorgeous! And your main rose garden is so inviting. I can't wait to meet the rest of your roses. Its so fun to be able to see roses that I typically don't see in my parts.

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    1. For so long, I wanted roses that grew in northern gardens, but, of course, they just don't do well here. I've found the ones that do well here in the south, and am so happy that there are roses for (almost) every climate!

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  18. Holley, what is the name of the roses on your cover pic of the blog?

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    1. It's Charles Darwin. I just love it. You might want to read my comment to Jane above. It grows like crazy here!

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  19. Holley, I walked with you in the main garden and I loved the the rose Livin Easy. Nice shape and color. Is that tea hybrid rose or floribunda?

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    1. It's a floribunda. It really is a good little rose, with great disease resistant. Hardy in zones 5 through 10. I love the color, too. It almost glows.

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  20. I'm in love....Livin Easy.....what a wonderful colour!

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    1. It really is a beautiful rose, isn't it?

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  21. What a lovely treat of a walk Holley! Thanks for taking us along :)

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  22. I love your roses, and especially how you have arranged them! They look so healthy and well-pruned. How rewarding it must be to wander through your garden! It will be a while before rose season hits us up north - so fun to see them in your garden.

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    1. It is nice to walk through, especially as some of the roses have begun to get some bulk on them. Your rose season will hit about the time it gets too hot for my roses to bloom well!

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  23. Holley, you are so way ahead of me now, your roses are gorgeous! I don't have one single bloom yet, and we are middle of May!! But I have lots of buds, seems like my old, trusty pot rose is going to win the race this year and become the first bloomer. What a lovely colour on Belle de Crecy, she would fit right in with the colour scheme in my garden.

    Love your new header, you can't beat a David Austin rose :-)

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    1. Buds are always wonderful to see, aren't they? My roses have actually not hit their peak yet, but soon. I do love the Charles Darwin rose. And I love that David Austin comes up with some of the most interesting names!

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  24. A terrific selection, and this is only the first half? Of all the ones you showed, I think I like Lady Hilingdon the best.

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    1. I love Lady Hillingdon, too. I just love that golden color. I'm waiting for her to get just a little larger. I think she'll be one of the most beautiful roses in my garden.

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  25. Fabulous Roses Holley. Off to find out if there is a particular yellow rose of texas.

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    1. Good luck with your research. I think some say one thing, others say something else.

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  26. Beautiful! I only have a couple of different roses now. How many different varieties do you have?

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    1. I have around 80 different varieties right now. But that number is constantly fluctuating as I purchase a few, and discard a few almost every year.

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  27. Beautiful roses, just in time for Mother's Day. Enjoy :)

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    1. Thanks, Loredana. I think today is going to be a lovely one, and I plan on enjoying it. :)

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  28. Enjoyed the walkabout! Lovely new header too! Happy Mother's Day to you.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the tour. Happy Mother's Day, Marcia!

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  29. I love your selection and variety of roses. The garden is so romantic in the plantings. Jungle of roses? I wish that could happen here.

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    1. When I first started planning this bed, I thought about putting in lots of evergreens and other shrubs, but in the end decided that I wanted mostly roses. It has become my summer garden area.

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  30. Holley - your Roses are gorgeous. A testement to all the work you put in. I've not many Roses and all, except 1, new last year. I hope they look as good as yours.

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    1. I hope your new rose performs well for you. You never know - it just may start a new obsession!

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  31. what an array of blooms in so many colours. I have a soft spot for orange and yellow roses. your Living easy is particularly gorgeous with the darker undersides.

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    1. I know a lot of people don't care for the color of orange, especially in flowers, but I love orange roses, too - all shades of orange.

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  32. Your roses are fabulous. I love the variety of colors and the lovely forms of the flowers. You have done a great job designing your garden!

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    1. Thanks. It's a true mix of different types. As the years have gone by, I've been able to judge the ones that perform well, and get rid of some that just weren't working for me. I guess that's how every garden is made.

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  33. Oh..how gorgeous. One day...I will have a rose garden like yours, I hope!

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    1. Oh, I hope so, too! And I hope it gives you just as much pleasure as mine has given me!

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  34. I am already looking forward for part 2! :-)
    I've somehow missed the post about Belle de Crecy but I now understand why some of your choices are different than mine. I have a lot of once blooming roses (or maybe they bloom a little in autumn too) and I think they are well worth the space they take. I NEED to take some lessons about squeezing from you, my dear friend, I guess don't master that kind of art the way you do... but I always try to improve, though! ;-)
    Love your Crepuscule, I must get it!
    Alberto

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    1. That is such a good point about different roses for different climates. I love the once-blooming roses, but they just can't take the heat here. And some varieties of roses don't take cold well. It's all in finding the right rose for the right place.

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  35. Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous! I love them all but I think my favorite are the Livin Easy...wow is that color just spectacular!!! I would just be taking pictures of these all day if they were in my garden!!!

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    1. It's amusing, really, just how many photos I do take! ;)

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  36. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Even while typing, I see that My Garden Diaries just wrote the same, but I'm leaving my comment as is because it's just so true -- simply gorgeous! Thank you for the tour, Holley!

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    1. Thank you, Anastasia. We rose lovers just can't seem to get enough, can we?

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