Ooohh la la…winter solstice is here. Which means the longer days return and it is time to start planning next years garden, do my winter sowing of some annuals and perennial seeds and pick out the roses I wish to order.
This week has been sunny and bright. The skiers are not happy, no real snow to speak of and that hurts the economy in our resort town so in that light it is sad but I am still enjoying it.
I have painted on more signs this week but in the evening I have been crocheting on a few different projects and picking out roses.
I lost several roses 2 years back in an early hard freeze and I am going to start replacing them.
Albertine (antique climbing rose)
It used to grow up on my porch. It blooms early but only once, it is covered for several weeks.
I will plant another pink climber with it to fill in when this one is done. Planted and vining together it will look like one and bloom all summer long. I have a couple choices I am considering, one is called Collette and another is the Peggy rose.
Most of the roses I lost in that freeze were David Austin English roses, I had collected several over the years and they did fabulous here.
One of my favorites was Jubilee Celebration..it gave me bouquets all summer. This spray was on a single stem.
A newer variety I am eyeing is the Princess Alexandria, it is very hardy and an excellent bloomer.
I have never had a white one and I just fell in love this one. Susan Williams-Ellis.
A great red that I must get again..it looks more purple here but it really is a great red. William Shakespeare 2000
This one is called Hyde Hall, I had them growing along my back garden wall and it grew to nearly 6 feet the second year, it made a great hedge and bloomed non-stop all summer long.
This is just a start to my list and it may take a few years to replace what I lost but it will be fun. I hope you enjoy my garden dreams.
Here are a couple of the signs I have been working on.
I hope to get to start building my painting table next week, we shall see.
Enjoy your weekend, we sure will. We have special plans!