Yes, a year can make a lot of difference!
I started a new rose bed on a very hot July day last summer when I visited a local garden center and was introduced to THE GRANDE DAME … To read about her, click here.
She was hot, she was lonely and she promised old fashioned, fragrant blooms. I wasn’t sure where I would add her to my existing beds but got the BIG IDEA (and it is not my first big garden idea by any means) that I needed to extend the roses beyond the “garden fence.”
Let me back up and tell you that a couple of years ago I told Mr. G that I would keep all my roses inside the “garden fence” as a means of self control. I’m not sure he believed me, but I “thought” I would make good on the promise.
So, enter THE GRANDE DAME and her promises … I “needed” a new bed. Did I mention how hot it was last July! As I’m sure you know, when a new bed is so new that you first have to remove the grass, that is a great deal of work. We double-dug the bed, used a tiller, added peat moss, compost, aged manure and few other great things to improve our clay soil.
It was big job but not our first! Mr. G is really the very best husband in the world and he is always up for a project!
Over the winter I spend time in my potting shed working on “The List” of all the roses I think I can’t live without. I had a blast deciding which roses I would add. Since I like all varieties of roses, this new bed (which is very close to the “garden fence”) consists of…
- 3 Grand Dames
- 3 Julia Childs
- 5 Red Drifts
- 2 Pink Drifts
- 1 Rosa Mundi
- 1 Reine des Violettes
- 1 Chrysler Imperial
- 1 Gene Boerner
- 1 Janice Kellogg
- 1 Roseraie de la Hay
…And a big combination of annual and perennial companions to show them off perfectly.