R is for Roses at the End of the Road

  • Post published:04/20/2013
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Roses at the End of the Road

R is  for Roses at the End of the Road, my book about my life among the roses. You won’t find much how to information about growing roses, because the roses that you will find at any given moment are hardy, trouble free roses. I don’t grow roses that need a lot of fussing. And my climate is still to harsh for fragile hybrid tea roses. I love the old fashioned roses that speak to me of romance and history. They are fragrant. Just delicious!  Did you know  that St. Fiacre sat here? Well, not among the roses, but up in the field. Read the book and learn.

of course, I am not the only one to think that roses can be grown sustainably. I interviewed Peter Kukielski, while he was the Curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden which is now one of the largest organically managed rose gardens in the country. He taught me about Earth Kind Roses.

The Cottage Ornee, cookies and lemonade inside

Every year, the last Sunday in June, we host the Annual Rose Viewing. This is our version of Garden Open Today! We invite our friends, and the general public, to stop and smell the roses. We ask them to take a little time from their chores and worries and enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon, to stroll among the roses and relax in the Cottage Ornee, visit, and nibble on a cookie or two with a glass of lemonade. I should warn you that we pronounce Cottage Ornee like this Co-tahhhjjjj Or-nay. That’s French. Kind of. But it is an English term for a certain kind of garden folly.

The Roses at the End of the Road is available at local bookstores, the World Eye, and Boswells, as well as Amazon where you can buy a paperback copy or Kindle edition.

Woodlsawn Pink – a Farmgirl rose

You can enjoy a  Virtual Rose Viewing by clicking here.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Trisha

    Roses are beautiful! My uncle is really good at caring for roses 🙂

  2. Christy

    I will have to get your book! I love roses but here in TN I’ve had so many problems with them. I’ve tried so many times to grow hybrid teas, but the hummidity causes so many problems. However, my knockouts are wonderful. I thought I might try a David Austin rose next.

  3. Pat

    Trisha – Always good to have a rose gardener in the family.
    Christy – Hybrid teas are a lot of trouble, but there are many hardier, disease free roses, as I have said. You can get my book from me, Amazon print and Kindle!

  4. Rose

    I can’t only imagine how delightful your rose viewing must be! Thanks for spotlighting ‘Quietness’ in your last post–I’ll have to look for this one. It’s beautiful, and non-fussy roses are the only ones I will grow, too.

  5. Pat

    Rose – I don’t think you will have trouble finding Quietness and you will surely enjoy her.
    Donna – I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I enjoy getting comments.

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