Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Taming The Sprawl

Every once in awhile, something turns out even better than expected.

Like when I decided to tie my big rosebushes instead of 
letting them sprawl all over the yard.

This one, on the east side of the house, 
looks much prettier growing on my picket fence.

 I wove it in and out of the pickets hoping for a cottage garden look.

 It delivered.

The one on the front porch looks better now, too.

I strung wires along the porch and wove the rose canes along them.  
Now that the canes have leafed out, the wires are mostly hidden.  
Part of the rose is tied to the corner porch post, too.

Eventually I plan to have roses all around the house just like Mrs. Kelly did.

16 comments:

  1. That is gorgeous. Do you know what kind of roses those are? I am thinking, my deck...

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    1. I don't know what kind of roses they are. The bushes seem to be identical. They've been here for years and years. I remember seeing them in front of the house when I was a little girl.

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  2. My guess is the next kind of haunting you get will be one of approval, looks good!

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  3. Wow~~~ Now this is gorgeous!!!! I wonder what type of rose bushes they are? are they the climbing ones and if so can I plant in zone 9 ? they look beautiful..

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    1. I don't know what kind they are, sorry.

      I found this link to roses for zone 9:

      http://www.davidaustinroses.com/american/Advanced.asp?PageId=2063

      It looks like roses will bloom 3 or 4 times a year in your hot climate. Lucky you!

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  4. Beautiful! I just love the roses on your fence and front porch!

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    1. Thanks, Lottie! I have another rose on the fence on the west side of the house, but the rain and hail got it before I could get photos of it.

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  5. Those are just lovely!

    There is an old, old rambling red rose variety called "Dorothy Perkins." I wonder if these are that variety.

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    1. I don't know what it is. My mom's guess is Paul Scarlet (not sure of the spelling) or Blaze. I don't know how to tell what kind it is. Maybe I should ask my neighbor the Master Gardener....

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    2. Looking on the web, Dorothy Perkins seems to be pink and very disease prone, which I am guessing yours isn't.... Sure looks like this pic of Blaze to me:

      blaze rose

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    3. It sure does look like Blaze. I wonder how to tell if that's really what it is?

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    1. I think it must be all this rain and mild weather. It's bloomed every year I've lived here, but never like this. It still has some buds that haven't opened.

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  7. PM me and I can help you try to identify your roses. There aren't that many red climbers, and I'm pretty sure we can at least get close to putting an ID on these beauties.
    Connie

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