roses in the garden

by Sharon Santoni
hard to imagine a country garden without roses
their scent, their generous blooms,
vital and gentle summer colour[blank]
PS … for everyone who is asking about the rose names, I don’t know the first two, but the last two pictures are the hard-to-beat Pierre de Ronsard


Anonymous July 25, 2013 - 9:49 am

Oh my Sharon these roses are beautiful! I have a few roses in our garden, last year two of my favourite roses died I have to wait till I can replace them, and now is the time to start pruning them can't wait till they start looking healthy with lots of blooms. I love the rose in photo no.3 just lovely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs. Regards Esther from Sydney.

Roxane July 25, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Glorious! Wish I was there to see your gardens in full bloom.

Nantucket Daffodil....a name not a place July 25, 2013 - 1:53 pm

I NEED to plant roses. I must admit…I have been gardening FOREVER, but I am still afraid to plant roses! Tips?

Anonymous July 25, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Absolutely beautiful. Your guest cottage and brocante shopping tours are on my 'bucket list.' I hope one day to make it to France, but until then, I enjoy your wonderful posts.

Richmond, KY USA

Tara Dillard July 25, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Do you have a bush rose that you peg?

Not enough space in my garden & it's always been the dream.

Your roses look like paintings.

Garden & Be Well, XOT

Bleu Chine July 25, 2013 - 2:48 pm

As I am myself found of flea markets and antiques, and specially of old porcelain, I discovered your blog with great pleasure. "Très chic !" Stéphanie

Jennifer July 25, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Do you by any chance know the names of these roses? Gorgeous!

Roxane July 25, 2013 - 3:40 pm

So exquisite! I wish I was there enjoying your beautiful gardens!

Babi July 25, 2013 - 4:35 pm

J'adore your garden and your roses …
I'd like to have a garden like your!
Have a wonderful week end.
Bisou, Babi

CityGirlCountryBloke July 25, 2013 - 7:16 pm

Those cream roses with the light pink centers are to die for. I can almost smell the roses from here! Delightful, simply delightful.

Anonymous July 25, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Sharon- I have been reading your blog for several years now and I just have to say that I am so, so grateful for your posts-for your love of life! My husband and I used to live in the UK. We are now in America and my heart aches for the hills and pastureland that I once knew and still love. Your simple post on roses today went straight to my heart and reminded me all over again of my great love affair with 'place'. Thank you, thank you! Yours, Sara

Jennifer Clark July 25, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Ah, I *love* roses. My mom raised roses and they form a major part of my organic garden. Mine look pretty bad right now, as we've had record-breaking heat on the Central Coast of California, the poor things. What is the rose in the first photo?! Gorgeous! The second one looks like either a "Sexy Rexy" or a "Queen Elizabeth". Hard to tell as I can't see it's height. The last rose is a beauty; what variety is it?

Next week I'll be travelling up to Oregon. Part of this yearly visit is to make the pilgrimage to Heirloom Roses, a rose breeding nursery, with 5 acres of demonstration gardens. I time my visit to coincide with their annual half-price sale, when plants are $8.50 a piece. I have a gardening buddy up there and we frolic thru the gardens and come home with more roses than we have room for. But one can never have enough roses…

Chris July 25, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Oh, that sounds like so much fun, Jennifer! Your roses are so beautiful, Sharon. I'd love to see how your new gardens in front of your terrace have matured in the last couple of months. Wish I were there. My david Austin's are not loving the dry heat we've had and their first flush was nice but they have not come back. Any advice?
Yours truly!

Castles Crowns and Cottages July 26, 2013 - 12:00 am

Lovely images of your roses today! Anita

Pat July 26, 2013 - 3:18 am

Just magnificent.

Magnolia Verandah July 26, 2013 - 5:50 am

I have just pruned my roses and I am hoping for lovely blooms like these for spring/summer.

Colleen Taylor July 26, 2013 - 6:37 am

Stunning & completely exquisite. They look heaven "scent." I made your raspberry ice cream last night. What a delicious treat, it turned out wonderful. Thank you for that recipe! XO

Brigit July 26, 2013 - 7:54 am

Hi Sharon..
Very nice…Thank you for your beautiful roses..
Have nice day..

PamLuvsPink July 26, 2013 - 9:02 am

Hi Sharon!!!!

I love Roses!!! Especially PINK ones!!! I had them as my wedding bouquet and just loved them!!!

Have a great weekend!!


Pamela Barber July 26, 2013 - 10:24 am

So beautiful, so happy you told us the names of roses,will try to find them.hope they have them on the gold coast Australia ….as ''Pam'' said above
Have a good weekend! xx Pamela….heeheee

Kellie from Indiana July 26, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Beautiful roses and perfect pics!

Marsha Splenderosa July 26, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Just so beautiful, Sharon. They are really splendid.

La Contessa July 26, 2013 - 4:31 pm

The second rose looks like SEXY REXY!The first I know but the name is not coming to me……!!!IT IS VERY FRAGRANT>??I can find out for you if you want!

Stacey Snacks July 26, 2013 - 4:50 pm

I added rose petals to my Moroccan carrot salad this week, they were lovely to look at, as well as eat!
Enjoy your summer vacances.


peggy braswell July 26, 2013 - 6:41 pm

such wonderful photos + adore full blown rose blossoms.

Jennifer Clark July 26, 2013 - 9:09 pm

I, too, have a major lech for pink roses. I must have 20 different varieties; pale pink, dark pink, blush pink, cream-and-pink, stripy pink; you name it! "Sexy Rexy" is a beautiful, dependable rose, albeit w/o any fragrance. "Yves Piaget" is a deep pink, gloriously scented rose that almost looks like a peony. "Memorial Day" is a mauve-pink, very fragrant rose that's long/lived in a vase. "Our Lady of Guadalupe" is a pale pink floribunda that also smells marvellous, and looks great in a container. Ah…. I need to go potter in the garden!

Gigi July 27, 2013 - 5:25 am

Just gorgeous 🙂 I don't have one rose in my garden…:(. If I thought they would look like these beauties it would be a different matter!

Gardens at Waters East July 29, 2013 - 3:35 am

Beautiful roses on your post today. Very nice indeed. Like your blog. JC


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