Today, I’m Starting My Rose Garden in My New Old House

For as long as I can remember, I have been an avid gardener. It all began when I was a child and when I realized that my grandmother had the most exotic garden anywhere around my little town. My grandmother was a country lady, and she had a typical cottage or kitchen garden, but she…

Focus on Westerland Climbing Rose

  Westerland Climbing Rose I was shopping at a nursery center today [November 5], and I was immediately attracted to the purplish-red leaves on a few roses that had been added to the clearance table. Mind you, the plant had no blooms, but the foliage alone on this particular rose bush made it seem to…

A List of Disease Resistant Roses That Are Easy to Grow

Jacki Kellum Garden May 2019 In my Zone 7, Ozark Mountain Garden, My Gene Boerner Rose Bloomed 1 Month After I Planted It As A Bare Root Rose. It was my first rose to bloom this year. Gene Boerner is a prolific bloomer, and it is highly resistant to diseases. For many years, I have…

My Gene Boerner Rose Will Bloom for Mother’s Day

For as long as I can remember, roses and Mother’s Day have gone together. When I was a child, the people whose mothers had passed away would wear white roses, and the rest of us lucky devils would wear red roses. I am a very lucky devil. This Sunday, I’ll be able to visit my…

Trying to Define A Cottage Garden

In his introduction to The Cottage Gardener’s Companion: A Seasonal Guide to Plants & Plantings for Informal Gardens, Douglas Taylor said that cottage gardens are like horses. They are easier to recognize than they are to describe: “Perhaps the chief hallmark is informality.” He observed that the old cottage gardens did not have lawns because…

Free Garden Plan with Red Roses – Miracle on the Hudson Rose

At my current house, I am planning to create 2 climbing rose garden areas. In my front yard, I am focusing on the pastel pinks, blues, white, etc., but in the back, I want a warmer, more typically primary-colorperennial and rose garden. I’ll plant red Altissimo climbing roses and yellow Golden Showers roses, and I’ll…