The star of the garden, at the moment, are the ramblers on the fence on the southern border of our property. Most of these were hybridized by Barbier and Company, who did some really imaginative work breeding Rosa wichurana (a Asian species) with tea roses. The result was a race of roses with long, lax canes, glossy, disease-resistant foliage, and beautiful, fragrant flowers.
The driveway in this photo is my neighbor's. The roses quietly grow through the fence, to take advantage of the southern light on their side.
This is Ghislaine de Feligonde, the first rose in line (on the right in the first photo) and the only one on the fence that isn't bred from R. wichurana.
Alexandre Girault. I planted this rose last year, so it's still a little bit small. It was a twig when I put it in the ground last summer.
Auguste Roussel. Same story ... planted last summer.
Jean Guichard. Also planted last summer, when I moved Evangeline to the Rose Field. I didn't take a shot of the whole rose, because most of it has evaded the fence and is crawling through the weeds at its feet. (Have I told you how much I detest weeds?)
Leontine Gervais ... probably my favorite rose on this Fence. I measured her yesterday, and she spans 38 feet from tip to tip ... she could go a lot farther in time, if I let her. It's easy to keep her (and these others) under control with winter pruning.
Aviateur Bleriot, planted with a dark purple viticella clematis.
Alberic Barbier, with a lavender clematis.
As the fence turns the corner, I switched from Barbier ramblers to ones hybridized by Dr. Walter Van Fleet, an American who bred roses and did wonderful plant research for the USDA in the early 20th Century.
American Pillar. I am training this rose to grow up into the cedar tree beside it. You can see a few clusters of flowers in the tree in the second photo. I can't wait till it reaches the top!
Just to 'keep it real', I'll show you my side of the fence. It's the worst bed in the whole place, in terms of weeds and disarray. I usually get a handle on this during the winter when I prune the ramblers, but winter pruning did not happen this year. We had an unusually snowy winter, and there just wasn't a time when I could work without snow or mud up to my knees.
I was going to take care of the weeds when the weather warmed as spring approached, but the roses had already started to send shoots along the ground, and it would have been incredibly labor intensive to pick those canes from the weeds and put them up onto the fence. Instead, I decided that having roses blooming through drifts of clover was a good thing, and I left things as they were. I have promised myself to get more control of the situation later in the year. Until then, please don't judge me by my weeds.
My name is Connie, and I started Hartwood Roses ... an educational rose garden in Virginia that specializes in rare and unusual antique roses. I know a lot about roses, old houses, carpentry and remodeling, and am an expert day dreamer. You will often find me working in the garden, planning a home project, building something, or hanging out in a cemetery ...all of this has come in handy as my husband and I restore our historic home (built in 1848) renovate the outbuildings, and design the gardens. This blog allows me share whatever is happening in the garden, around the house, or on my mind.
Hartwood Roses ... Heirloom Old Garden Roses and More
Hartwood Roses was a small farm nursery, located just north of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The retail portion of the business closed in 2012, and the mission shifted to my true love … speaking to organizations and garden clubs and giving classes to educate budding rose gardeners. The display gardens here contain over 800 different varieties of roses … with emphasis on rare and historic varieties, and popular classics that are well-suited for modern gardens. Click picture to go to web site. www.HartwoodRoses.com
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