Bloom Thyme Friday: A Match Made in Heaven

When God put Mr. G and me together, it was surely a match made in heaven. In more ways than you can imagine.

But, one of the most obvious ways is that I am a gardener and he is a builder. If I can dream it, he can build it. I’ll admit I’ve dreamed up a ton of stuff through the years!

Last year “we” decided that the main gate to our garden needed refreshing. (Well, maybe that part was “I”.) “I” wanted it to look more like the gate/trellis’ we had done for another area in the garden. The layout of the entrance is a bit different but Mr. G, the engineer, figured out just what we needed and started building in between rain storms a few weeks ago. Digging the post holes was a two-man job and our son came to lend a helping hand. From building snowmen to building gates, these two have worked on countless projects together and are a great team!

It is now complete! I just love it! Time will give it the rustic patina we love and allow for the New Dawn roses and Etoile Violette Clematis to climb and wind and add their charm.

This is New Dawn this week over the other main gate/trellis when she was going “up and over“. When she blooms she blooms. And, such a sweet fragrance too.

Behind New Dawn is the arbor with Francis E. Lester and Peggy Martin. Picture day for these was a rainy day, but they are holding up pretty well in all the rain. Good thing!

Yes, I have planted two New Dawns that will head up and over this new handcrafted “work of art” and two Etoile Clematis. Blue Angel Clematis is already getting cozy!

TA DA! The finished product…

He is a true craftsman! The roses and the clematis will have a firm foundation. And, our guests will have a “handcrafted” warm welcome!


Before you get to thinking that things are toooooo perfect around here, know this… If you know anything at all about “birth order” — we are two strong-willed first borns. Need I say more! Yes, on occasion there are “strong” conversations in our world. 😉

If you want to know more about “birth order,” read Dr. Kevin Leman’s book The Birth Order Book … Why You Are the Way You Are, immediately, from page 1 you will find yourself, your kids, your friends and yes your spouse. He will shed light on how these relationships work—with all the humor you can imagine. I read it back in the late 80s and even gave it to my children when they were in jr. high! You can purchase here.  A fun and helpful read for only $12!

Whatever your birth order, I wish you buckets of blooms, a sturdy foundation, a warm welcome wherever you go and an outstanding BLOOM THYME FRIDAY.

Bloom Thyme: 3 Garden Stories

This picture is filled with stories.


The story of an arbor my husband and son built for me.


This space had once been home to my son’s fort. A place where fun and adventure were paramount while he was growing up. I treasure those days and will never forget them. I also resisted all the talk about taking down the fort–even when it was past it’s prime! One day I looked out my kitchen window to see “my baby boy” using a chain saw to alter the fort so he could grow grapes on it. Hmmmmmm … if the baby can use a chain saw, the fort can come down—even I couldn’t argue with that. A few years later the entire fort structure was removed and the new arbor was built. I had my treasured memories and the gardener in me had plans! Plans that included two roses I thought would be just perfect on this structure—The Francis E. Lester Rose and the Peggy Martin Rose. With these roses came two stories I wanted to include in my garden of stories.

The story of Francis E. Lester.

Mr. Lester is attributed with collecting and keeping available many old roses and writing about the subject in his book My Friend, The Rose published by J. Horace McFarland Co. in 1942. I have this book and it drips with information and charm. His collection of roses was the beginning of what we now know as Roses of Yesterday—a nursery where  you can find a vast collection of roses including the Francis E. Lester rose. Read more here.

The story of the Peggy Martin Rose.

Three years ago I had the pleasure of “meeting” Peggy Martin during our first Rose Chat interview with her. Peggy is an incredible expert on old garden roses and currently serves as Vice President of the Heritage Rose Foundation. Peggy’s family went through the horror of Hurricane Katrina and lost so much. The short story of the rose that bears her name, is that this plant was the only thing to survive 2 weeks under 10′ of seawater. I wrote more about her story here.

You can hear Peggy’s story in her own words on the Rose Chat Podcast here.

Fast forward 3 years.

The first year not much happened.


Last year I had some growth and a few blooms.


But, baby look at them now!

I had to get on a ladder to get the top of the trellis. Francis E. Lester has completely covered the top! That is a okay with me. There is a tree near by that I would like to see him snuggle up to!



The arbor in the back is the one with Francis and Peggy and gives a better idea of all the Francis blooms!




I can’t tell you the pleasure these two roses and their stories bring me. Fits just perfectly with the stories and memories that surround my trellis.

Here’s a short video I took this week.

I love it when a plan comes together.



The Rose-a-Matic

Mr. G has a new toy that he calls the Rose-A-Matic. We planted 25 or so roses today. It took a fraction of the digging time it usually takes. Mr. G was very happy with his new purchase. You know how boys are with their toys! 🙂

The Rose-a-Matic will also be very helpful next week when we are digging post holes for a new arbor … you guessed it for more roses. Francis E. Lester, climbing hybrid musk rose, named for the founder of Roses of Yesterday) will be planted by the arbor!

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