taming the rambling rose

by Sharon Santoni

[blank]I apologise if the blog is a tad flowery at the moment, but hey!  it is June after all, and Normandy is at its most fragrant time of year.[blank]

Our climbing rose in the middle of the garden has exploded this week, and although I know it is difficult to use the flowers in an arrangement, I thought I’d have a go …[blank]
[blank]I placed one large and two smaller vases on my mantelpiece, and cut branches of various lengths from the fragrant rose.[blank]
[blank]This exercise could be more accurately described as a balancing act than as a flower arrangement.  Those rose branches have a will of their own, and persuading them to face the right way required …. patience![blank]
[blank]The dogs, in the meantime, feigned indifference to the rose bush lighting up the garden behind them, and faced with my resistance to their pleas to go for a walk, they lost the will to protest and fell asleep on the terrace![blank]


Arian June 26, 2013 - 10:31 pm

Your blog is a breath of beautiful fresh air! I read it when I am feeling a little overwhelmed with the chaos of the day. Although, thanks to all that I am learning about French culture, I am trying to make that daily chaos a little less overwhelming : )

La Contessa June 26, 2013 - 10:32 pm

YOU HAVE A TALENT FOR FLOWERS………keep them coming!

zanetastyle June 26, 2013 - 10:56 pm

Love at the first sight! Your garden is just heavenly and the wild rose is a soft touch to your very French living room! Adore it… Hugs z

Sammy June 26, 2013 - 11:21 pm

I'm too busy looking at the painting. I really like it. It looks like it has a story to tell and I want to hear it!!

manuela carvalho June 26, 2013 - 11:59 pm

So beautiful…

Anonymous June 27, 2013 - 1:23 am

OMG Sharon this is so beautiful. Climbing white roses I love, it takes me back to my childhood mum planted a small flowered white climbing rose the scent was of apple blossom. When I look at your bouquet I imagine it smells of apple blossom. I have Pierre De Ronsard climbing on our fence it's beautiful but it's just not the same. I'm still searching. The dogs look so content… The roses, the painting, your lounge room and the garden…absolutely beautiful. Till next time Regards Esther from Sydney. PS thank you for sharing its alway a delight to click on your blog.

Brenda Murphy June 27, 2013 - 1:50 am

O'k, first you got me thinking about forcing peonies, (which I did!) and now bringing in wild roses….yippee!

Delaine June 27, 2013 - 2:46 am

Beautiful post, Sharon! Your roses are gorgeous as is your living room…very pretty and inviting. Love seeing "my puppies", too!

The enchanted home June 27, 2013 - 2:50 am

That simply could not be any prettier…just breathtaking Sharon!

libraryeducator June 27, 2013 - 2:54 am

What a gorgeous living room – you have been holding out on us! I wonder if you could tell me about the gorgeous stone wall around your house? Does it go all the way around? How high is it? I am a major gardener and I am despairing of the deer here in America – they are decimating EVERYTHING! And I even have deer fencing. I am contemplating a MAJOR money investment in a proper 7-8' fence around my entire 2 acres but am feeling stressed as it will be the price of a new car! Help – any insight into your lovely wall and wondering if you have deer predators that come right up to the house?

Rebecca June 27, 2013 - 3:54 am

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Rebecca June 27, 2013 - 3:55 am

Please, PLEASE keep the flowers coming. I'm in Southern California right now, and it is like a desert. You have no idea how much I miss the flowers in France. Your posts are like a little taste of heaven.


Inside a British Mum's Kitchen June 27, 2013 - 4:27 am

Beautiful! what lovely doggies!

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon June 27, 2013 - 4:42 am

This is one of my favorite posts. I know I say that each post. I love your flowers, the painting, and your room. And to top it off, the dogs. I tell my sister I have adopted two virtual dogs, one is patient and one is a rascal. My family is very confused.

Melanie June 27, 2013 - 5:18 am

You inspire me! I want a home just like yours one day!


martinealison June 27, 2013 - 5:20 am


Vos toutous semblent si heureux de profiter des joies de votre jardin… et vous de leurs roses !
Gros bisous

Debbie June 27, 2013 - 5:33 am

Your mantle looks lovely with the beautiful roses on it!!
Your house is beautiful also.

Jennie @ Got My Reservations June 27, 2013 - 6:25 am

I've been in a rose mood lately, too. Beautiful arrangement in a beautiful room — thanks for sharing it with us.

Emm June 27, 2013 - 6:32 am

The sheer luxury of all those roses is enriching. Flowers are so much easier to live with — the formal green meatballs in pots can look elegant, but they don't inspire much relaxation. Thanks so much for these pictures.

penelopebianchi June 27, 2013 - 6:33 am

How wonderful!
I love it when my roses climb up into the trees! some people think I am insane!!

How gorgeous to look up and see roses blooming up in the top of tall oak trees!
I will have to show them in a post!



Betsy June 27, 2013 - 6:38 am

So lovely your roses climbing and looking so lush and healthy.
Mom used to have roses climbing in tree, seems like a natural.
I like how the dogs are resting on the steps in the ready just in case you change your mind and take them for a walk. so cute.
You have very pretty room and mantle.

Colleen Taylor June 27, 2013 - 6:54 am

Keep the flowers coming Sharon, love them always. Your living room is so peaceful, serene & stunning. xo

Anonymous June 27, 2013 - 7:45 am

Lovely! Lovely flowers, home and gardens! The oil painting over your mantle is it friends or family? Truly lovely as well. Laurié

Dream Pedlar June 27, 2013 - 8:13 am

I love your blog Sharon. I know everyone here says the same thing 😀 But each time I feel low I just hope over to your site and it fills me with hope and joy. And I admire how you look for something lovely to post everyday. 🙂

Dream Pedlar June 27, 2013 - 8:14 am

I meant – hop over 😀

My Unfinished Life June 27, 2013 - 9:07 am

beautiful…thye way you have incorporated roses in your home 🙂


Babi June 27, 2013 - 9:36 am

J'adore your roses, j'adore roses.
You have really a beautiful garden and an amazing house.
J'adore Ghetto and Gibson that sleep on the porch.
Bisou, Babi

marsha cannon June 27, 2013 - 2:08 pm

After all, life is no good without a dog right? The roses are gorgeous.

vicki archer June 27, 2013 - 2:15 pm

I love the way you have arranged these roses Sharon… How long do you think they will last? I would love to do that on my mantle so I will have a try… Thanks for the inspiration… xv

Linda Stansbury June 27, 2013 - 3:50 pm

I love your arrangement of rambling roses. I also love the portrait above them. Is this a family portrait, or one of your amazing finds?

Sandy at You May Be Wandering June 27, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Your posts are so gorgeous…they brighten my day!! My roses are in full bloom and are beautiful but I would never attempt the cut them and bring them inside.

I was going to ask the same as Linda (above) about the painting – it is beautiful…can you tell us more about it?

Marina Pérez June 27, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Don't worry! I love it, your living room is fantastic, super, trés jolly. The picture in the mantelpiece is wonderful, Who is the artist?

Hugs from Jerez


peggy braswell June 27, 2013 - 7:44 pm

Love the roses on the mantle + your home is beautiful. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Vicki June 27, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Ha! I agree with the other commenter who mentioned you've been holding out on us. Yes, the flowers but MORE, the elegant room; oh my gosh, you are one
fine decorator; it's lovely.

Castles Crowns and Cottages June 28, 2013 - 12:50 am

Oh….look at those lazy pups! Summertime pleasures, indeed! Anita

twebsterarmstrong June 28, 2013 - 2:06 am

Does the painting on the mantel have a story?

Sara Marie June 28, 2013 - 5:26 am

Dear, dear Gibson…what a sweet face that boy has!!

Greet Lefèvre June 28, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Love love love your posts!! They always make my day!!
And your pups look so happy living in their charming country home!
Have a great weekend!

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So beautiful your carnations ascending and looking therefore lush and also balanced.
Mommy used to have flowers hiking throughout tree, may seem like an all natural.
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