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…

I Wonder the Weeds! Who Decides What Is A Weed? Spotlight: Dandelion

A Weed Is but an Unloved Flower – Ella Wheeler Wilcox When appraising nature, I am perplexed by the question, “Who decided that some plants were weeds that looked like flowers and who decided which were flowers?” Take for instance the common violet that weaves a purple and green carpet across my lawn in spring….

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…

When Spring Comes to the Cottage Garden

“Long before winter is ready to leave the cottage garden, spring has started to coax blossoms from the bare branches and the cold dark soil. Hazel twigs are hung with yellow ‘lamb’s tail’ catkins, and the mahogany wands of pussy willow are studded with beads of silvery white. Buds are plumping along the Chaenomeles’ knobby…

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…

Build A Wall of Roses for A Gorgeous Garden Escape

Not long before I moved away from my home and garden in New Jersey, I had begun building a setwork of rose arbors. That was the final step in my effort to create a secret garden–a secluded and natural get-away. When it is possible, I grow fragrant flowers, like lavender, peonies, and irises, and strolling…

Altissimo Is A Vigorous, Stately and Regal, Red Climbing Rose

  Altissimo is a rich, velvety red single rose with a golden yellow center. Altissimo has wiced thorns, and it doesn’t grow as an arching and suppple climber. Rather, it has thick, stiff canes that lend themselves more to pillars. This is a disease-resistant rose, and it tolerates a bit of shade. “Presenting a sumptuous…

Gene Boerner – Beautiful Pink Floribunda Rose Bush

\ Gener Boerner Rose is a beutiful coral pink specimen that grows to be 3′ to 4′ high.  It is not a fragrant rose, but many say that otherwise, Gene Boerner is the perfect rose. It is a prolific bloomer, and after it is snipped and brought into the house, it holds its form.  Gener…