Monday, June 1, 2009

. . . had blooming roses

I wanted to show off some of the roses that are blooming in my garden right now. The one above has a beautiful color to it, a pink-peach with almost a hint of brown to it. It looks like old parchment, almost. I can't remember the name of this one, and it looks like some kind of bug got to it.

This is probably the oldest rose bush in the garden, planted the second year we lived here, or about six years ago. The garden armillary is almost six feet tall, so you can tell that this rose bush is approaching seven feet tall at least. It is a David Austin English rose, but I can't remember its name, maybe Graham Thomas?

This is another David Austin, called Pat Austin. It is definitely one of my favorites. I love peach colored roses. This one starts out this color, and turns more yellow the longer it blooms.

And another David Austin, this one called Teasing Georgia. A little different from the previous yellow rose, but almost as tall. It doesn't get quite as much sun as the other yellow rose, so it's a bit smaller.

I have given up on trying to grow hybrid tea roses. I have learned that the David Austin English roses are pretty darn tough, and the shrub roses and rugosas are, too. And when the Kansas weather is 100 degrees in the shade and the bugs are biting and there hasn't been rain in weeks, I lose interest in tending to my garden, so the plants have to be tough to survive my lack of care. This is one of three shrub rose bushes that I have in the garden, and the first to bloom this year. It looks happy and cheerful, doesn't it?

Gardening is kind of like painting. . . it's all about the contrast of shapes, colors, textures. You just have to be a lot more patient about gardening; you can't just gesso over your mistakes.


Jazz said...

I really envy people who have the patience to garden.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Garden gesso; digging up and moving?

Jeane said...

oooooo, this was lovely - I'm so with you - when it gets hot, I loose all interest in tending the outside - that's when it's time to sit and sip soak up that wonderful heat!

Margaret Ryall said...

Visual delights Mary... nothing better as far as I'm concerned.

Mary Buek said...

Jazz, gardening is what I took up when my kids left home, before I discovered painting. I thoroughly enjoy it, even the hard physical labor. Until it gets hot.

Leslie, if that's true, I gesso that garden a lot. I forgot that trees grew big, so now I have shade where I had sun before. So that means uprooting stuff and trading spaces.

Jeane: Or I head for the basement and make art.

Margaret, I have a whole bunch of other roses blooming right now, too, that are just beautiful, but I don't want to bore people with my gardening obsession.