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.
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.
You can enjoy a Virtual Rose Viewing by clicking here.
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