At some point during the winter I head about a rose that had THE best name ever: Cuisses d'nymphe (The Nymphe's Thighs) what a GREAT name for a rose, had to have it. I searched all over the web for it and no suprise it ended up being an Oregon rose grower who had it. Portland OR is "the" Rose city! So I ordered it today from an amazing place called Heirloom Roses here's their website http://www.heirloomroses.com/, also ordered The Impressionist. First of all the people at Heirloom roses are SO nice to talk to and I showed incredible restraint in only ordering two bushes. I had a thought earlier this winter to do a literary garden as they have a lot of roses named after great books like Jude the Obscure, Tess of the d'urbervilles etc. and great writers. I simply do NOT have a yard big enough.
|Cuisses d'Nymphe aka Great Maiden's Blush|
In the meantime, having never grown roses, I'm reading up on all the best ways to take care of them so they bloom like crazy and will be happy healthy roses. Some very old advice I remember is to empty ones' teabags around the base, another tip I read today is to bury a banana peel as they like the potassium. Sounds like composting to me! I have a lot to learn and plan on turning my humble little house into a flower/vegetable/herb cottage paradise! Now I would appreciate some warmer temps so I can get started! Also if ANYONE has tips on growing roses please feel free to offer advice!
I heard a great statistic today. The groundhog, that poor abused, maligned rodent predicted 6 more weeks of winter and next week is the 6th week so we should be good after that. I hope!