Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rose Fever, Rosy Outlooks, Rose Above

(These roses have names such as "ann boleyn",
"tess of the d'urbaville's" and "dick clark's rockin
new year's eve" or something like that.
It's all very jane austen to me.)


Had a date with myself planning my petit jardin this evening. It's the little patio and a 3 x 3 patch of dirt the landlord lent me at the edge of her English garden. Usually I plant herbs herbs and tomaties and all kinds of little piquant peppers, lettuces bordered by tumbly nasturtium (in order to cover the ugly black iron railing) and little peppery pansies etc et al. And then there's the fig who is totally showing off right now: LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME! CHECK OUT MY FEEEGS! My gardens are full of loud-mouthed edibles.
"Man the torpedoes" and "Little Lord Fauntelroy"
(Yeah, I'm making these up)


This year the ready-to-be-bethrothed P. persuaded me to visit David Austin Roses and totally rose out. "Bare root roses" from one rosey camp and one final push from expert jardin afficianado Marie to send me over the edge today, telling how her fleurs "provide perfume day and night" on her little terrace, in an article she was just today featured in. Between them, the poetry of a gorgeous, tender, flowering patio has wrapped a little tendril around my heart (and purse strings).
I didn't labor too long and hit "go" on all of the above. And now I'm taking a break from being enamored by these crazy beautiful creatures from Whiteflower Farm, poppies for June, lavender for July, dahlias for August, imagining them, colors and textures all crunched together in pots on a small, ready to be destinkafied patio along with my herbs and some other strong leafy things (and of course a few tomatoes).


I will dedicate the new fragrant garden to my dad, who loved flowers from his own garden much more than edibles. I'll call it the "Nate Stein Memorial Jardin".

20 comments:

Vintage Simple said...

It sounds lovely, Deb. All of it.

xoox,
-maria

cindy said...

sounds like a great idea and the flowers you chose will come back year after year. who can resist david austin roses, anyway? why even try? enjoy your weekend!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

This is such a lovely post and so sweetly hilarious( just like you) "Look at me, look at me, check out my feeegs!" ha ha hee hee So adorable! You and the fig! I can't wait to see it in all it's glory....and dedicating it to your dad is so very sweet, it broke my heart( in a good way)
xoxo
Melis
ps you are NOT long winded just gorgeous! :)

Marie said...

I, too, am in love with the David Austens. Be sure to look for a rose that declares itself to be a repeat bloomer, or it will be once year (big party!) and no more.

Julia said...

yay it's so nice to have the room to grow lovely smelling flowers. best of luck with yours.

nadia said...

what a lovely dedication to take a inhale such beautiful scents in honor of your father.

i am obsessed withe anything "boylen" perhaps i will add that rose to my garden!

bigBANG studio said...

what a sweet tribute to your pops, deb. it will be a beautiful garden, filled with fragrant roses and marvelous cutting flowers.

heidi said...

Sweet! We'll contribute the plaque for the memorial jardin. xoh

Damaris said...

These flowers are pure eye candy. Makes me want to reach inside the computer screen and pick them for my home.

Camille said...

I almost like the names of the roses more than the actual flowers...almost. Can't be a lovlier dedication to your dad.

Trying to get back into the swing of blogging again. Thanks for checking up on me!! I'll be back for a visit soon.

Asya said...

It's going to be gorgeous in you small jardin. And will smell heavenly.

Marie said...

Mine arrive on Tuesday. Are yours in? :-)

Denise Fasanello said...

david austin..."sigh"

Bonbon Oiseau said...

marie-roses have arrived and are about to get sunk into some pots! i am, as the locals say, psyched.

limonana said...

what a beautiful idea & tribute to your grandfather! i find it so touching...

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P said...

YES! I am so happy to have even had a tiny part in expanding your rose garden/outlook. You need these...for your help. Let's play hooky from work and smell the roses. Love from Positano, P. xxox

Katrina said...

oh, it all sounds so lovely. i'm a sucker for a pretty rose, it's the romantic in me. i want to prefer a less traditional flower, but i just can't help it sometimes: the rose! happy planting...

bigBANG studio said...

Can we take a moment to appreciate the green spam above? It's like getting paper mailers from your bank urging you to go green and sign up for paperless billing.

Just checking in on you, sweet Deb. Checking in on you and your shop and your new roses. Hope all is well my dear! Xo

missrantsypants said...

These roses are just beautiful..breathtaking, really! and I just love the names ;], expecially "dick clark's rocin' new years eve". Everyone needs a little Dick Clark in their garden, I always say.

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