Pierre de Ronsard (Eden) climbing rose in its third growing season with Clematis 'Jackmanii'
My daughter and a friend.
And in my own little happy place, in its third growing season, for the first time 'Pierre de Ronsard' ('Eden') climbing rose has put on a really nice show.
Several years ago after futile searches locally for specific plant varieties, 'Pierre de Ronsard' climbing rose being one, I realized I'd have to get comfortable ordering plants online. Although I prefer shopping locally, I'm happy to tell you that buying roses through the mail has been a successful little venture. These were purchased from Brushwood Nursery as four-inch bands in spring 2013. They came well-packaged and healthy, and when I had questions, Brushwood was helpful and quick to respond.
Very gradually working on covering the wall with 'Pierre de Ronsard' and Clematis 'Jackmanii'. And meet Chester, our 45-lb Airedale
Own-Root Roses: a must
I'd love to credit my own green thumb for their growing success, but really, besides testing and amending the soil before planting, giving these babies water and epsom salt for fertilizer, I've done very little. The credit belongs mainly to starting with healthy plants grown on their own roots.
Instead of being grafted onto rootstock as most roses are, these began life as cuttings from healthy "mother" plants and then developed their own roots. There are several advantages to growing "own-root" roses. The bud union is the most vulnerable spot to cold on a grafted rose and can be damaged easily during a harsh winter. Because own-root roses have their own root system instead, and send up shoots from the ground, they can freeze all the way to the ground in winter and still come back as the plant you purchased while also developing into a shaplier rose bush. Heirloom Roses, also exclusively a grower of own-root roses that I've been very happy with has a great article about the advantages of growing own-root, here.
And in other yard-related news: A family of robins made their home in one of the espaliered apple trees...
And a store-bought ice cream cake was relieved of its garnish and decorated with edible violas, cherries and raspberries for a small garden party...
And lastly, 'Pierre de Ronsard' makes a nice cut flower (this photo, I'm afraid, does them no justice) in my dining room next to new chairs from Wisteria. Thank you, Wisteria!
I'm sending you some flowers, that my hand
Picked just now from all this blossoming,
That, if they'd not been gathered this evening
Tomorrow would be scattered on the ground.
... and a couple links to the blog of my friend, Stephanie, who lives in Tours, France near Pierre Ronsard's abbey. This rose grows prolifically there and his poetry, Stephanie wrote to me once, inspired her to research sixteenth and seventeenth century gardens for her thesis. Her posts, here and here, are a tiny peek into their world.
(No compensation was received for this post by the companies mentioned.)