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English Muse: Roses

Sunday, May 3, 2009


My climbing rosebush Eden is in full bloom, like a bouquet outside the front door. Eden is one of the French "Romanticas" roses, recently hybridized in France. Unlike the roses of David Austin, the Romanticas are generally unscented. Still they are dazzlingly beautiful.

I started growing roses about ten years ago and now have more that 50 varieties in our garden. For inspiration, I love to visit the rose garden at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino. The David Austin roses there grow so large that they could swallow an entire house whole.

(Here's an earlier post on the first rose of the season.)

PS: My dad is doing much better! We hope to have him home from the hospital in a few days! xoxox


Blogger Laura Trevey said...

I adore roses. They have such graceful beauty... I need to paint some that are out in out garden now. The first wave of blooms are always the best!!

May 3, 2009 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger The Cottage Cheese said...

Oh Tina, your roses are gorgeous! I cannot believe you have 50 varieties. Your garden must be as beautiful as an arboretum!

How is your Dad?

May 3, 2009 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

nice roses. beautiful.

May 3, 2009 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger willow said...

Oh-oh-oh~! I have Eden roses, too, and they look just like yours. (Mine aren't bloomed yet out here in Ohio, though.) They are my favorite roses on earth. Just fabulous.

May 3, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

what lovely roses! I was in London recently, and they have a beautiful rose garden in regents park, but it sounds like you have just as much variety!

May 3, 2009 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger suzette said...

oh how pretty!
reminds me of my best friend in preschool's house. the sky was always so blue there.

May 3, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Wow, I'm so impressed! Those are gorgeous...full and blousy like peonies. Woman, I don't know where you get your energy! You're a wonder.

Our roses won't bloom until later in the summer, but Denver is a surprisingly good climate for roses. Mine all came with the house and seem to require no attention whatsoever from me (besides the occasional hacking, since they grow like weeds) which is lucky, since I know next to nothing about gardening.

May 3, 2009 at 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

Your roses are so beautiful, Tina! You have a magical touch.

May 3, 2009 at 9:11 PM  

Hope your dad is doing better & better each day darling... ~XO* as always!

May 3, 2009 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Oh thank you! my dad is doing much better. We hope to have him home from the hospital in a few days!

May 3, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Glad to hear your dad is doing better.
Home in time to see the roses.Super
Love the pictures and I do adore roses in bloom, with or without scent. Would love to see more of all the variety in your garden. So do you have a sundial ? "count the sunny hours"

May 3, 2009 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Sanctum's Muse said...

I also love roses. My rose bush bloomed a couple of weeks ago, but now the blooms are shriveling in this South Carolina heat! It seems beauty is always fleeting. *Sigh*

May 3, 2009 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Federica said...

Those roses are soooo beautiful! Congrats!
Have a wonderful day!

May 4, 2009 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger Sophie Isobel Designs said...

So glad to hear your dad doing better. I am just in love with those amazing roses. They are so inspiring. They have indeed made my day.
Sophie xx

May 4, 2009 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Oh Tina these are beautiful!! I have never heard of Eden roses, I must add them to our garden. I just ordered climbers for our arbors. But these are spectacular!!

May 4, 2009 at 3:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

50 varieties?! More pictures please! Sadly, I'm allergic to roses (booooo) but I'm not allergic to pictures of them! (yay!)

These are absolutely gorgeous Tina!! Thank you for posting them. They made my morning, along with the good news about your Dad. What a relief!

May 4, 2009 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger thischicksgotstyle said...

Wow these pictures are amazing!!
And I hope your dad is well soon.
Very nice blog you have!


May 4, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger McCall said...

hope you have your father home and well sooon :) your blog is so so lovely!!

May 4, 2009 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

so beautiful!!! and i'm so impressed that you grow roses. and i'm happy to hear that your dad is feeling better. xoxo joanna

May 4, 2009 at 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

With those magical roses around your door, everyone must feel as if they're entering an enchanted cottage. What a lovely welcome!

May 4, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous TheBeautyFile said...

Wow. These roses are so magical...homemade roses are simply lovely!

May 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger naomi megan. said...

these roses are beautiful. as is your blog. can't believe you grow them! i want a rose garden someday...

May 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger avant garde said...

i have to say i no next to nothing about raising flowers but those are stunning. they look like a cross between a large english rose and a peoni. if that makes sense? glad to hear your dad is doing better, mine will be up for a visit to cape cod from tennessee this month. can't wait!

May 4, 2009 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger farmhouse wares said...

I'm glad to hear you Dad is doing better.

May 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Mrs.French said...

so, so, so beautiful..I love everything about these...xo t

May 4, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Laura [What I Like] said...

Oh you are killing me with these beautiful photos! I grew up with a large garden and tons of roses but now live in a cement jungle. I miss having outdoor space this time of year!

May 4, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Alina said...

you're photos are all beautiful, can I ask how they all have that lovely vintage grainy look to them?

May 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger giulia said...

Bella. Grew up with these...a nice garden here. Go thru DA catalogues, amongst others & think, maybe someday, again. Glad about your papa. xo svs/gg

May 4, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Kirti said...

These are beautiful...wish I had a greener thumb! Also, I like how your pics look it a secret or can you share?

May 4, 2009 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Thank you!! The pictures were taken with a Polaroid Sun 660, which contributes to the vintage look...

May 4, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Ah, a gardener as well, beautiful! If you ever get a chance and want to see a bit of dark photgraphic ghostiness, I have another blog I write for from time to time. It is the work of photographer Corey Schjoth:

Take a peek!

May 4, 2009 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

I love roses when they are blooming, but oh lord, when they are not the trees or bushes look like such sad little scarecrows. Being from Hawaii, I am used to thick deep green all year and bright colors every day,

Roses are beautiful, and those that you have in your picture are something I would want.... but I am picturing when they are out of season.

What does that look like? Am I being negative? Not meaning to be!!!

May 4, 2009 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

they look like sticks out of's a tradeoff!

May 5, 2009 at 12:00 AM  
Anonymous P. said...

These are insanely gorgeous - FIFTY VARIETIES! I am so jealous! How wonderful they must be.

So glad to hear your dad is on the mend.

May 5, 2009 at 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely roses :)

May 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Alina said...

Thank you Tina!! They're truly lovely pictures!!

May 7, 2009 at 12:02 PM  

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