Marta's Garden (roses)


This was the rose garden in August 2003, after a pruning. It didn't look much different in October: C is an enthusiastic pruner and whacks the living hell out of the roses at every opportunity. We Discuss this matter periodically. I am all for whacking hybrid teas, but these aren't hybrid teas, these are bush roses (floribundas, for the most part) and it's my opinion that they should be allowed to be, well, bushy.

C, however, is a veritable demon for detecting a hint of black spot, a suggestion of curl, and ... whack! So for the most part, I get to enjoy bushy roses in the spring. The rest of the time, they look like specimens rather than a garden. I admit that he does keep them healthy. We don't use pesticides, fungicides, or other -cides. So I can't complain too much. But I do anyway.

Rose Garden
  Easy Going

This is Easy Going, snapped in the morning of October 12. We moved her to the garden a couple of months ago and so far she seems to be happy with her new location. 10/03

Margaret Merrill

This is Margaret Merrill. I don't know why it's so difficult to keep white roses looking pristine and have decided not to worry about the teastains that show up on the petals.

I do love the open bloom.  10/03
Stretch Johnson with spider web  

Stretch Johnson, which also has a more glorious name that I can't remember offhand. I hope that you can see the spider web, decorated with water drops, to the right of the blossoms.


Nicole 10/03
Nasturtium leaves

The nasturtiums aren't in the rose garden, but I couldn't resist posting this shot of water on the leaves.10/03
November 2003 rose garden

The rose garden on November 1, 2003, looking back toward the house. The Rose Whacker has not been at work for a while and we've had a tremendous heat spell recently, so the roses are flourishing.

This is Dallas, which I bought when my son had recently moved there (he has since, and happily, departed). The bush is tall (it's on the right side in the garden photo just above and to the left) and the roses grow on long, long stems.
Sea Pearl 

I planted Sea Pearl in memory of my beloved mother-in-law, Muriel (Nickie) Gold. I think she would have liked the soft colors and the pretty, delicate way the blossoms open, and shade gradually into white.


(c) 2003 Marta Randall
photos (c) 2003 Marta Randall


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