I’ve Never Been Promised a Rose Garden


So I’ll make one myself.  My favorite thing about a little downtime/lunch time later in the year (and Wednesdays generally), is that I can forget about my to-do list in the garden and start thinking about my What-If? list.

At the top of that What-If? list: a new rose garden.  The very first garden my former husband and I built together at our old house was a rose garden.  I planted some classics: Abraham Lincoln, V is for Victory (hmm…), and a bunch of adorable minatures, including scentsational, which I think is no longer available, for shame.

Now in my new house, and having just finished the book “Roses: A Celebration,” edited by Wayne Winterrowd, I’m keen to get back to my rosy roots.  A rose I’ve long wanted to grow purely for its historical associations: York and Lancaster.  I love the idea of the end of a civil war symbolized by roses to result in a blending even better than one single color.  (It wouldn’t work as well with our own civil war: not a lot of blue and grey flowers.)

My heart, however, belongs to Therese Bugnet.  I love her terrifyingly thorny canes, that are really only thorny on the bottom.  I love the abundance of her (rather plain) pink flowers.  But without doubt, my favorite thing about her is her lovely winter canes.  Winter lasts a long time up here in Madison… and if snow is on the ground for months at a time, nothing beats some red sticks to remind you of the promise of a springtime to come. 

So though I may have to make the garden infinitely larger, I will grow Therese Bugnet, York and Lancaster along with V is for Victory.  Though life may give us lots of opportunities to make our own rose gardens, it is up to us to dig them.

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2 Responses to I’ve Never Been Promised a Rose Garden

  1. Diana Studer says:

    a blue and grey flower, could describe my blue sage. Thinking about a few very special worth the effort roses in pots at the next garden. The catalogue from Ludwig’s Roses is so enticing …

  2. Diana Studer says:

    STILL thinking about that False Bay garden, but it’s getting closer. Meantime I’ve taken cuttings from the Old Cape rose, Black Prince.

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