June is Rose Month and I haven’t celebrated at all – so far – but I will begin the celebration with a Special Sale Price for The Roses at the End of the Road. For all orders I receive by June 30 the cost will be $12 with no tax or shipping charge. Click here for ordering information
The Roses at the End of the is not a how-to book although I do include some basic information. The most basic information I give is to choose roses for your garden that are disease resistant and hardy. Hardy in the sense that the roses don’t need a lot of fussing. I have never had time for fussing with any plant, not even a rose. The book will introduce you to my neighbors and the adventures we have in our gardens. There is Elsa Bakalar whose husband was willing to take his rifle and go to any lengths to preserve her garden from invaders, 85 year old Mabel who was willing to round up the cows on my lawn and Rachel who invited me to dig a rose that has proved to have as much stamina as all the old farm wives in town, women I can only hope to emulate.
I never expected to be known as The Rose Lady, but the roses at the end of the road brought me so much pleasure, and I have been fortunate enough to be able to share that pleasure with my neighbors and friends. We had a wedding among the roses – just what daughter Kate dreamed of the day I planted my first rose. The Rose Walk has been my invitation to talk to garden clubs and others about the pleasures to be found in the garden. I even got to speak at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society last year. What an honor! And what fun to talk with all those enthusiastic gardeners.
I will also be offering a free copy of the book, in a drawing on June 24. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me about your roses – or why you don’t grow roses. All comments must be left by midnight on June 23. On the morning of June 24 a winner will be chosen at random. Once I have the winner’s address the book will go out, inscribed as the winner wishes.
June is Rose Month, and here at the End of the Road we are celebrating. Don’t forget, The Annual Rose Viewing will be held on Sunday, June 30 from 1-4 pm and I hope those in the area will join us on the Rose Walk, and in the Cottage Ornee for cookies and lemonade.
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The garden I inherited with a new house contains what I later learned was a Peace rose. It’s big and beautiful and the thorns have drawn a lot of blood over the years but when it’s blooming there is nothing else like it. Thank you to whoever planted it so many years ago.
Debbie – the Peace rose is a beauty – and I write about it (briefly) in my book. Unfortunately it is too tender for our Heath hill. I know. I’ve killed it twice. I mean – the weather killed it twice.
Hi Debbie. This is my first visit via Wordless Wednesday. Your roses are breathtaking. I’ve grown roses over the years. My favorite was a showstopper in Ohio. Now living in the Rockies I can’t keep deer and elk away from my rose bush, but I do get wild roses here. We’ll be moving to a climate (I hope) where rose gardening will be possible I would love a copy of your book and June 24th is my birthday, so I hope I win. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.
Nancy – Your name is in the lottery and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog. Lots more roses coming along.
All I can say is your roses are so beautiful and I wish I could get there to see them this year but alas the Maine tourist season calls.
Who knew that Victor Vreeland’s farm would ever look so lovely!
BTW – If I am the lucky winner the book will go directly into the collection at the Ellsworth Public Library.
My wife loves rose and I have helped her to take care of them. They seem a bit of a challenge to grow. Either the bugs get to them or some disease. We are trying to be more attentive this year.
Rose are beautiful but in our yard only of short duration. My wife loves roses and I am trying to help her keep them healthy and free from challenges such as bugs and diseases.
Patti (I remember you as “Patti”) , How I have enjoyed your horticultural writing, floral pics and insights into what you’ve learned and loved. Like you, I, too, have enjoyed growing my writing and gardening skills. Since Harry & I retired to our small island off the coast of NC, I’ve grown up tp 61 different species of roses and kept them alive as long as I was willing and able to keep up the constant attention these roses required in the hot/humid south. For years I enjoyed & cultivated the David Austin hybrids,
Now, like many other gardeners, I’ve been seduced by the easier-to-care-for Knock-Outs and a few climbers like New Dawn and my HUGE Grandiflora, Chicago Peace, and a beauty of a floribunda, Yellow Sprite.
I will continue to follow your terrific growing/writing endevors.
This post rekindles my interest in finally growing roses, and I recall going with you to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. There I was smitten by the Earth-kind roses, especially the creamy white Ducher. I realize those Texas horticulturalists didn’t created the this rose for me, but it certainly is ideal as a first rose. That would be a great question for your readers: “What was your very first rose?”