My Unruly Desire for Climbing Roses

by Angela aka Farmer Jane on January 31, 2013 · 6 comments

We’ve only been living on our land since July 2010, but the time has come for me to satisfy the aching and gnawing desire for climbing roses.

I’ve never had a desire for formal rose gardens like Dom does, but I do lose my breath over climbing roses blooming from spring through fall. Could anything be more soothing to the soul?

When Dom and I first got married, he would bring home roses to me every week. Not a full bouquet, just a few from the supermarket. It was sweet, but I think the roses were more for him than for me. Kind of like skimpy lingerie! When we’d go to the store where fresh roses were populated, he had to take a deep long cleansing smell. I love the smell of roses, but not that much. ;)

Anyway, as he would bring home roses each week, my appreciation for them grew and I came to love them. Still, not enough to want a formal rose garden, but enough to want them gracing our exterior house walls, outbuildings and sheds.

To me, they are the standard of romance brought home by my sweet adorable husband each week for a little more than a year of our newlywed life. I was constantly bombarded with flowers and roses each week…and then we moved. *laughing*

When we moved, the store wasn’t down the block, and the little store/bar that was located near where we now lived didn’t carry roses and flowers. Further complicating the flower problem was the fact that Dom had taken on a job that kept him away on the job site for weeks at a time. The thought of getting flowers each week quickly faded to the back of my mind, and we just got used to the new flower-less lifestyle. He still brought me flowers, just not every week.

When we moved to New Mexico, the house we were renting had a HUGE gorgeous stand of knockout roses. I was awestruck when I saw this specimen in full bloom! I didn’t realize just how much I had missed having roses around until I saw them in all their glory.

After moving to our homestead, it was in the back of my mind to get climbing roses, and I had picked a few out last winter, but we never got around to purchasing them. I wanted to get our blackberry bushes started first, and after they were doing well, I’d add some creamy white roses to the mix.

This year however, we decided that we’d add as many perennials to the property as possible. Not everything would be edible, but we definitely need to add color and interest to our property.

Here’s a partial list of our perennial goals for this year:

  • 5 sycamore trees
  • 10 Juniper bushes (rooted from some of our existing stock)
  • 5-10 conifers (unsure what kind)
  • Lots of tulips and other bulb flowers (to purchase this fall)
  • Climbing roses for the tool shed, north side of garage and west side of the house

So what kind of climbing roses do I have my eyes on?

Viking Queen to adorn the tool shed

Eden to star as the headliner on the front of our home

Antique as the reverse color to Eden for the long covered front porch

Dublin Bay for the milking goat barn and part of the overhang (they won’t have access to the roses )

Gold Badge for the entrance pergola and fence surrounding the winter garden

Another flower we’ll be planting all over is Russian Sage. Since we’ll be purchasing bees this year, it only makes sense to have flowers that they will go crazy for. Russian Sage is just such a plant!

Russian Sage

And of course milkweed to accompany the Russian Sage. Ya know, flowers can be addictive! I can go on and on with the list of perennial flowers I want to add, but I’ll stop here.

Milkweed (loved by different pollinators…especially monarch butterflies)

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Annette Knipfing February 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Can understand why you love roses so much……how beautiful they all are !!!!

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Meagan February 5, 2013 at 12:47 am

my boyfriend loves climbing roses… i’m a big fan of anything that smells and looks that beautiful! :D

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Angela aka Farmer Jane February 7, 2013 at 7:12 am

I can’t wait to get them. I want them right now, and I don’t think that would even be soon enough. LOL

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Angela aka Farmer Jane February 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

Thanks Mom! :)

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Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) February 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I, too, love climbing roses! Maybe we will invest in some someday…

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Angela aka Farmer Jane February 7, 2013 at 7:14 am

We’ll be trying our hand at propagating this year again (failed miserably last year), and if we’re successful at getting things rooted, I’ll root some roses for you if you’re interested. I know your renting, but the nice thing is that you’d be able to take rooted cuttings with you where ever you go. :)

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