I love roses. I just can’t get enough of them. yes, they are work…these beautiful plants are subject to fungi and nasty critters; they need to be pruned, deadheaded and given ample amounts of manure in order to display their best. I think it’s worth it.
I take cuttings from roses I find and like, plant them in the greenhouse in autumn and then in the garden in spring. It seems to take 2 years before they get big enough to be showy, and then by the third year they are amazing! Besides the roses from cutting, we have a few roses that I purchased and we have been gifted a few. I wonder if we’ll run out of corners to put them?
Last week I made many jars of Rose Jelly which is delicious spread on toast. Last year I planted a hedge of 2 roses just for making jam: Gruss An Coburg and Abraham Darby. Both a pale pink/apricot color, both highly scented. The hedge is only a year old, but is already producing masses of flowers.
Here are the roses ready for the jam pot:
I’m also drying rose petal in this really nifty herb drying rack from Germany, brought to me by our friends Rainer and Linda, the amazing bee keepers.
For the potpourri I’m going to mix the rose petals with lavender flowers, which, by the way are going to bloom soon!
I have a passion for climbing roses….I’m covering everything I can with them.
There were 2 roses on our abandoned farm, both overgrown and in sad shape. We took them out, made cuttings and restarted them in new homes. This yellow climber used to be along the house wall:
And this very rustic fuchsia rose was hidden behind a stand of bamboo:
I make a liquor from a mix of roses, the largest percentage however from this red beauty:
A year and a half ago I planted a small hedge of roses to experiment with distilling, Centifolia, Kazanlik and Quatre Saison. These are all very old types and are the most fragrant of all my roses. I plan to plant another hedge of these this autumn.