Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Rose House on the Corner

Our house has acquired a name.

Pat Austin

It's been mentioned to me by a number of different people over the years, such as:

A perennial embrace between Sharifa Asma and Ebb Tide

a lady jogger who stopped by and inquired about a cutting of my white seedling of Purple Pavement (I said I would be glad to dig out a sucker or three, it is marching through my yard)...,

White seedling of Purple Pavement

...many neighbors pausing for a sniff on their daily walks...,

Gloire des Rosomanes/ Ragged Robin

...a complete stranger who wanted to save money by cutting all my roses for a wedding one spring (I said no, sorry)...,

Schön Inbeborg

...a few drivers stopping by the curb and asking the names of this or that rose (one got very intrigued by a rugosa's unusual foliage and on my telling him that it was indeed a rose, cast a jaded glance at my garden and said I obviously don't know what I am talking about)...,

...and, most recently, by a newly arrived lady driving uncertainly through the neighborhood looking for a turn to our local school and stopping to tell me that her twelve-year old daughter said that everybody knows you have to turn by the rose house on the corner.

Duquesa de Peñaranda

It is not an original, or a particularly elegant name. Perhaps there are many other places called "the Rose House", but I am still grateful. I am glad that my little garden has become a local landmark of sorts, and that I am not the only one enjoying the beauty roses have to offer.


Here are some, blooming now at the Rose House on the Corner.

Roseraie de l'Haÿ

Cynthia Brooke

September Morn

Mme Bérard on the arbor, Colette on the fence, and Imagine underneath

Maréchal Niel

Zéphirine Drouhin


'Tina Marie'

Break o'Day
Isabella Sprunt

'Benny Lopez'

Chandos Beauty

Lady Hillingdon

'Secret Garden Musk Climber'

Julia Child, Wild Blue Yonder and Hermann Lindecke

'Hoag House Cream'

Carding Mill

Buff Beauty and 'Secret Garden Musk Climber' growing through a Chinese Tallow

Dame Edith Helen

Roses blooming at the Rose House