Good news, guys! Christmas has come early for me! The bareroot roses arrived in time to get them tucked safely into the cutting garden before the true winter weather blows into town. I’m always giddy to to open up any package from De Wilde (my go-to webshop for both bareroot roses and dahlia tubers). This particular package, however, was especially exciting since it’s contents included lots of lovely garden roses in various shades of creamy whites and pale yellows and pinks… perfect for this summer’s wedding orders!
Given my big(ish) belly and limited flexibility, I harnessed my lustful eyes and kept my order to a maximum of 10 roses. Decisions, decisions. After careful consideration, my top 10 included: Winchester Cathedral, Glamis Castle, Golden Wings, Perdita, Jacqueline du Pre, Claire Austin, Penelope, and Bouquet Parfait (my favorite little soft pink spray rose). The result should (hopefully) be a nice combination of traditional, full and frilly English roses mixed in with several striking varieties of single roses. I always love the showy stamens in the single roses- they’re the perfect foil to the more voluptuous and romantic Austin varieties.
Getting the roses planted was a bit tougher than I thought. Somehow the grass runners had created a complex maze of roots where last summer’s dahlias once stood. Hmmmph. After lots of digging and wiggling, I’m pretty sure I got rid of most of those little buggers. I hope you’ll pardon the disheveled look of the border’s edges… it was the best I could muster up for today.
The finishing touch was a sprinkling of dried cow manure at the bottom of each hole and a mound of earth covering the base of the rose (which will hopefully keep the bud union nice and cozy warm during winter).
Although these varieties will certainly be most versatile when it comes to weddings and such, I won’t lie and pretend that another handful of beautiful ladies didn’t catch my eye. The more dramatic deep reds and burgundy violets of several varieties were almost too much to handle. Tradescant, The Prince, Minerva, Fallstaff, Eglantyne, and Crocus Rose… just you wait!
For now, though, I think I’ll have my hands full trying to get a sizable shipment of spring bulbs into the ground before everything freezes up and makes working the soil and planting (even more) uncomfortable. I’m a little late this year, but I couldn’t resist giving the garden a much deserved end-of-the-year treat! :)