Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Gardening: Roses 101

I used to spend hours gardening. I started a rose patch of single-stemmed roses, and then added some cluster type roses around the perimeter of my garden. Fertilizing at the right times was a key factor in having them produce lots of flowers during the blooming season. I learned so much more about roses when I took a tour of L’Hay-les-Roses in Val de Marne.
It was once privately owned by Jules Gravereaux. He started his rose collection in 1894. Jules used to do his rose experimentation in this house, which served as his laboratory.
This is the center-front of the garden area. What a lovely view.
Climbing roses trained around metal pylons
Climbing roses trained on metal arches
Rose vines on wooden canopy. The heaviness of the flower clusters need to be taken into consideration when planning to use them as arching vines.
Rose Variety: Veilchenblau - Bright and bold colors are contributions from the Chinese roses that were cross-bred with the long, single stem roses.
Rose Variety: Toby Tristam - These little roses look like cherry blossoms. You need to dead end a stem once a flower wilts, to make room for new growth to bud and bloom some more.
Rose Variety: Thelma - Chinese rose varieties were double or multi layered, came in different sizes, colors, and in clusters or singles.
Rose Variety: Pierre de Ronsard - This is the most Victorian-looking rose in the garden. Rose scent is powdery. Bulgari uses rose essence in their perfume line.
This is a reflection pool so one's tired eyes, after looking at the different rose varieties, could turn to look at the water to be refreshed

If you like roses, start a rose garden. They are pretty easy to manage. It's such a treat to go out into your own garden to delight in them, then cut them for your flower arrangements.

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