Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Roses Out Back

I love pretty, sweet smelling roses. The old rambling pink rose that I inherited when I bought the house has been a beautiful and reliable bloomer, but one rose is not enough! I'm not sure when I discovered the forgotten rose hidden in the back corner of my property, but I'd never seen it in bloom until now. Last year, despite spraying round-up on the poison ivy growing near this abandoned rose, I must have hacked off enough of the single cane that was left to reinvigorate it, and I couldn't be happier to see it bloom. It even beat my rambling rose and is blooming like crazy.

I often day dream of planting a climbing pink rose near the corner of my house, that I can train to spill up and over and give my house some cottage garden charm. Unfortunately the side strip of yard is full of gravel and dry clay dirt, so it's going to take a lot of preparation to make it rose-worthy. I'll admit that I'm a bit intimidated by roses, even though I'd get one of the less fincky roses, and the ones in my yard currently seem to thrive on neglect. I don't want to screw up that much of a plant investment, but they're so, so pretty I can feel the purse strings loosening.

What's your favorite, easy-going rose?


  1. I've been looking at and falling in love with "tiny living" lately and found your blog through one of my searches. I would like to ask you if I could do a short interview, perhaps 5 or so questions and a picture or two of your choice, for some "Tiny Lifer" profiles I'm planning for my blog.

    You can see the referencing post here if you'd like to see what I'm talking about.

    Each profile is intended to give people who are living in conventionally sized homes (1500+ square feet) a look into what it's like to downsize, whether for ecological or financial reasons, or simply a desire to simplify their lives.

    If you'd be interested, please email me at greenplantDOTblogATgmailDOTcom with the name of your blog and your square footage. I'm hoping to keep most of the profiles in the 1200 square foot or less range.

    Thank you!

  2. I love neglected roses... they are so pretty! My neighbors have a WONDERFUL deep purple one that rambles everywhere and gets chopped back each spring.

  3. Oh how pretty! Our roses are making their appearances too. :)


Comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Note: Comments are moderated in order to keep this a spam/ad-free forum.


Blog Widget by LinkWithin