Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

It’s All About the Roses

I planted this Fabulous rose bush in the center medallion in the lower garden.

I never thought I would take such joy from growing roses. In the past I’ve spurned them, largely because I thought they were too much work, or too prickly, or too fussy. But when I made the medallion bed in the center of the lower garden and place the fountain there, the space just seemed to call out for roses. I chose several varieties, largely for their scent. One, though, I chose out of nostalgia. A friend had given me a Fabulous rose that failed to thrive in his garden. It seemed to do very well in my garden in Portland. So, when I saw a Fabulous at a garden center in Grand Rapids, I decided to include it in my rose medallion. It isn’t as strongly scented as the hansas and the English roses, but I wanted it anyway.

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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