Monday, May 9, 2011

Until the Roses Begin to Bloom

The color of morning in our garden offers a soothing refreshment. 
It seems a long wait for the first of the roses to bloom. Many blogs I follow have displayed tantalizing photos of full, glorious flushes. In the meantime, I am trying to keep out of the wind and dust, and content myself with what is.

Creeping phlox and candytuft are doing their mightiest to bloom before they are upstaged by the roses

April 10, 2011, the last of  the rooted cuttings are bravely inuring themselves to our capricious spring weather.
The last of the rooted cuttings are now in the ground. The minis rooted well. A family emergency in the middle of potting up the rooted cuttings resulted in carelessness on my part, and several  labels got lost. I know there are white and pink minis, and a Double Delight or two. 

A pink mini from a rooted cutting keeping the Pink Lemonade honeysuckle company.
Mystery, perhaps Double Delight?
The roses are all planted, even the ones ordered from Chamblees and Heirloom. All have had frost-nip several times, but are carrying on with grim determination.

Seminole Wind from Chamblees
Moonlight Scentsation, a fragrant miniflora from Heirloom
One of 3 Peggy Martin roses, from Chamblees.
Overnight Scentsation, a fragrant miniflora from Heirloom.
The tiny new growth on all the new roses is encouraging. Roses are miracle workers; from the smallest little stick will grow a new blooming bush, holding its own by the season's end. Eden means pleasure, and there certainly is Edenic pleasure in the humblest of gardens.

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  1. Sandra, congratulations that you planted all your roses already. It always surprises me how tough these little guys are. I am sure you can't wait until they are flowering for the first time.
    My bands that I ordered end of last year from Heirloom roses are still all in their pots and they don't look that great right now. Sometimes I am doubting if keeping them in pots until they have a root ball the size of a 2 or 5 gallon pot is the best way to go for me. Maybe I should try to plant them into the ground earlier. In any case your methods looks quite convincing.
    I like your two whole garden shots a lot. Especially the first one with the morning light is quite atmospheric.

  2. Thank you, Christina. I hope I'll have some successful progress photos along the way!

  3. Had a wonderful time with you while you were here for your frightening dentistry experience! You are amazing and we love you! anita
    btw... have you ever seen the movie Lady Jane with Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes? Most likely you have- I love it- your adjacent rose photo reminded me of it! Have a great weekend

  4. Thanks, Anita. A visit to Sedona is always a treat for me, not the least because you're there! Lady Jane Grey is a favorite rose. I loved the movie, too. Such an interesting character in history; I'm glad she has such a beautiful rose named for her.

  5. Love all the rooted cuttings. Have never had much luck rooting roses. Maybe you can provide some tips.... I see here the begining of a fabulous growing season for you!

  6. Thank you, Chris. The hobby of rooting rose cuttings has entertained me through the last 2 winters. I hope to post photos of blooms this summer. Then I'll feel successful!