This garden is built much like an L shape. The prior post covered the small part of the L. This garden surrounds an area with a small, inexpensive charcoal grill and a table with chairs for eating. At one time, I dreamed of having one of those elaborate outdoor kitchen areas with a built-in grill and a fireplace. As the years have passed, though, I am happy that we didn't make those indulgences. With my husband's allergies, and the Texas heat, we don't eat outdoors very often or even cook on the grill much anymore.
But I do go down to this area every day to check on my roses, and often I will break from my gardening activities to sit here and drink a glass of water or lemonade. Even taking 10 minutes to enjoy the surrounding roses is very peaceful and relaxing to me.
In my mind, this long section of the L is broken up into two parts, on either side of the concrete planter. Let's take the left side first:
Left to right are: Lichfield Angel, Lemon Fizz, Christopher Marlowe, a single petaled pink rose that I don't know the name of, Wild Ginger and Madame Berkeley. Wild Ginger is being evaluated, as she seems to not be as disease resistant as I require. And Lemon Fizz may end up on the chopping block, too. I honestly believe there are roses that can do well in just about any garden, the trick is just finding the right ones. And what's right for me may not be right for you.
|Wish I knew its name!|
A lot of these roses are fairly new. When I first planted this bed, it seemed so large, and with so many roses to purchase, I unfortunately planted this area with a lot of roses purchased solely on the basis of their (inexpensive) price, rather than the type or quality. Most of those roses have now been replaced. There's a lesson in that!
In contrast, the area to the right of the concrete planter is my favorite area of this garden, because most of the roses in this area were original plantings. So, they are now quite large, and fill in the bed nicely.
They are: Carnival Glass, an unknown rose, Cinco de Mayo, Safrano, Knock Out, and Carefree Celebration. Planted in the corner behind Knock Out are Mr. Lincoln and Abraham Darby, even though they not yet tall enough to be seen.
|Cinco de Mayo|
You may notice that the colors go from light to dark. I threw in some contrasting colors every so often, so it doesn't look too planned. This bed just needs a bit of time. Time for some of the newer roses to mature. A bit more tweaking over the next few years. And then, I think I will be very, very happy with it. It has certainly been satisfying finding roses that do well here.
So, there you are! A walk around my main rose garden. I hope you enjoyed it!