My World: I Promised Her a Rose Garden

Roses in front of our house, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 13, 2011.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

I promised Betsy a rose garden about five years ago, when my job ended and I retired.  That first year we planted some roses in a flower bed we had built at the side of the house.  It quickly became apparent that that location was too shady for roses, and so we built new flower beds in front of the house, which is the sunniest part of our yard.

The picture above, which Betsy took on Friday, shows how well I’ve kept my promise.  You can see three rose beds (one near the road in the foreground, and one on each side of the driveway near the house.  In addition we have roses in containers along the sides of the driveway.

We have a total of 57 rose bushes — 55 different varieties.  All are hybrid teas or grandifloras.  We have roses of just about every color imaginable, and many of are also fragrant.  A beautiful rose that has a delightful fragrance is about as perfect as anything can be.

Crescendo Rose, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 14, 2011.

The rose above, Crescendo, is one of our new roses for this year.  The light wasn’t very good (it had been raining) when I took this picture on Saturday, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to snap away.

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17 Responses to “My World: I Promised Her a Rose Garden”

  1. Mildred Says:

    You surely did keep your promise and the roses are exquisite, George. Not only does Betsy enjoy them but all of your blog friends do too!

  2. Neal Says:

    Like I told Betsy…you guys sure do have you lawn fixed up so it is beautiful. The roses sure are gorgeous. 57 ??? … that is 56 more than we have. 🙂

  3. diane Says:

    You have done a fantastic job with the roses. Betsy is a very lucky lady.

  4. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Such beautiful roses and lovely colors! You have indeed done a terrific job, George! Have to admit I’m a tad envious of your gorgeous garden! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

  5. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    You certainly have figured out how to have amazing roses!!!!

  6. Rajesh Says:

    Very beautiful rose garden. You are a great man to have kept the words.

  7. Sandra Says:

    I think the song goes, I NEVER promised her a rose garden, tee hee. so you did and you did it. beautiful

  8. Linda G. Says:

    We have no roses. I’m glad that I can look at roses via yours and Betsy’s blogs! I’m happy that you kept your promise to Betsy. I’m sure she is too!

  9. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    As always,your yard is a picture of beauty and so is that new rose.

  10. Happyone Says:

    You have made a beautiful yard with lots of work and love.

  11. ewok1993 Says:

    wow that’s a lot of roses. you should show us more. i love roses and i try to get new variety each year too.

  12. Rose Says:

    George, I think you should do a post about how you plant and cultivate your roses…do you add anything to the soil…how big of a hole do you dig…is it important for the soil to drain well, etc…yours are all so beautiful, I think about getting at least one and trying it again. I think I tried one once when we first moved here…and no luck. I bet looking back it was cause it didn’t get enough sun.

  13. Loren Says:

    What a wonderful Husband you are George!! Not only did you keep your Promise but you went above and beyond it! That is such a gift and shows so much Love to your sweet Bride! You all just melt my heart and are such an example of Gods goodness and love to one another and to all of us who “know” you 🙂 Thank you for that!!

  14. Kathy Says:

    I had considered buying this rose just yesterday!! And you are so right — there is NOTHING as perfect as a fragrant rose. Preparing for our first flush any day now.

  15. Kathy Says:

    Also — if you had one more rose to buy, which would you choose? I think I have room for one more — and can’t find Sonia or Tiffany…

  16. sartenada Says:

    That is fantastic rose garden with so many varieties. That Crescendo Rose is so beautiful. Lovely.

  17. Sally Says:

    LOVE the color of that new rose. Simply beautiful as are all your roses!! 🙂

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