I am just back from my annual trek to the Biltmore Estate to participate in the Biltmore International Rose Trials. Once again I found myself steeped in the old world charm of a walled sunken garden to take an in-depth look at the most modern of roses. Hybridizers from around the world continue to work hard to bring us the best of the best for our home gardens..
WINE & ROSES
Our time in the garden begins on Friday evening with a wine and roses party. It is so wonderful to renew long time friendships and make new friends as we bond around our mutual love for the rose.
TIME FOR BUSINESS!
In the spirit of the Vanderbilt legacy we don our fancy clothes and hats and make our way to the task at hand.
It is my pleasure to share with you the 2019 Rose Trial Winners. These roses have been judged each season (even winter) for two years.
Moonlight Romantica (MEILkaquinz)
Meilland / Star Roses
Pauline Merrell Award – Best Hybrid Tea Rose
Sweet Hips (KAPswehp)
Lord Burleigh Award – Best Disease Resistant Rose
William Cecil Award – Best General Impression
Bliss Parfuma (KORmarzau)
Edith Wharton Award – Best Floribunda Rose
Cupid’s Kisses (WEKtriscala)
Weeks – Bedard
Gilded Age Award – Best Climbing Rose
Coral Knock Out Rose (RADral)
Star Roses – Radler
Chauncey Beadle Award – Best Shrub Rose
George and Edith Vanderbilt Award – Most Outstanding Rose
SPECIAL THANKS TO…
…Our coordinator of the Biltmore Rose Trials, Paul Zimmerman, for his leadership and vision to work with amateur and professional hybridizers to provide the very best for our gardens.
…Parker Andes, Biltmore Director of Horticulture, and his teams for the care of the gardens and their commitment to the Biltmore vision.
As a gardener I am no stranger to miracles – I see them daily. But, there is one miracle that I look forward to in September. These guys…
For the past 5 years I have filled a container with herbs to put on Mr. G’s prep table by his grill. Each year the flat leaf parsley we have there becomes host to these little green creepy caterpillars that become the, oh so beautiful black swallowtails. Last year there were only 3 of them and I put two in a large jar so we could watch them. What a miracle this is. I shake my head over and over on the life cycle of a butterfly.
This year we have more than we have ever had before. So I am going to put some of them in a collapsible butterfly habitat so we can more enjoy the process and get the pleasure of releasing them.
One thing I know for sure. They love flat leaf parsley.
That one small leaf can become a gorgeous blooming plant.
In August 2017 H planted a single leaf and today it looks like this…
In September 2018 C planted his single leaf and while his African Violet is not blooming, it is growing strong.
WHILE ON THE SUBJECT…
Speaking of miracles, these boys and their baby brother, who make me a grammy, are beloved miracles. To all the grandparents out there, can you even fathom the depth of your love for your grandchildren? Miracles. Blessings. They fill up my heart to the very brim.
And these two boys and baby Wy have been growing right along with those leaves…
BLOOM THYME THIS WEEK…
As you know, Fall is not my favorite but it is a time of many miracles … butterflies, changing leaves, and cooler temps to name a few. God’s artistry is on display in bold ways! I plan to enjoy every one!
Wishing you a week of miracles in the garden and out!
I took Wednesday off to get ready for a class I was teaching on roses at the local library. I wanted to have time to make bokays to have for door prizes! The dreaded Japanese beetles who had descended a few days earlier and an all night rain meant there was a chance that no “suitable” roses would be found for my bokays.
So I woke up early eager to get started and I was greeted with a cool, peaceful, misty morning. A morning perfect for gathering flowers! Sometimes you just feel you have God’s stamp of approval on the task at hand and this was such a time! #grateful
I loaded up my wagon with buckets of water and a nice big container to hold the weeds and dead heads I found along the way.
The fruit of my labor…
There are few things I enjoy more than a morning in the garden to gather! Unless it’s arranging the “gathering”! I forgot to take pictures of all the arrangements but here is one…
TIPS FOR YOU
Last week at Rosefest I did a mini workshop on flower arranging. It was such fun! Here are some tips I gave those who attended for extending the life of their bokays.
Morning is the best time to cut flowers.
Use sharp snips or pruners.
Choose blooms not yet fully open.
Place in water immediately. (Take bucket to garden!)
Re-cut stems under water before adding to arrangement.
Remove leaves that will be under water.
Use flower preservative in water.
Change out water and recut stems every day or two!
On this Bloom Thyme Friday, I wish for you a beautiful, peaceful, misty morning to be in your garden and flowers to pick for your bokay!
Last week there was a flower explosion in my garden … a perfect time to make bokays and have BOKAY DAY!
During the growing season I designate Fridays as a day to make bokays to deliver, but last weekend I had extra time and plenty of flowers and decided to text out random invitations for people to come and get them–first come, first serve.
BOKAY DAY starts with “the gathering.” Gathering containers and getting out my little black wagon for running around the garden gathering the pretties. This BOKAY DAY ended with friends coming by to pick up flowers! Some brought their children! I loved watching everyone look over all the flowers and decided which one(s) to take home. I heard about their favorite colors and shapes–and I heard some family gardening stories I had never heard before.
Bonus: Having people come to the garden opened up so many questions about roses and gardening in general and I loved that too!
Since it was so hot out outside, I chose the table under the patio umbrella for my work space. It was a different climate under there!