Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Carpet Roses

I don't have a lot of roses but I did want to create an English cottage look at the front with roses lining part of the walkway.  The easiest for care, and the right height turned out to be carpet roses which were chosen in a light, and darker pink colour.  They're barely fragrant but at least give the effect I wanted.
Of course like any other rose, they are a host for insects in the garden.
My gardens are in zone 5a (Canadian) and there is a fair bit of die back with the carpet roses over winter, even with the snow cover.  I sprinkle half a cup of Epsom salts around each one in the spring to encourage new branch growth from the base of the plants.
I'm linking with Tracie at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday.

28 comments:

  1. I love your roses. While in Nebraska I saw the most lovely vintage Hollyhocks that just took my breath away. I sooo want to plant some! You've inspired me. It's sooo hot right now in Oklahoma I'm wondering WHY I MOVED HERE! Bah!

    xoRebecca

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  2. Those look so lovely along the walk. I have some sort of low roses, or perhaps they're low because they're in Zone 5 here in eastern Colorado and also die back each winter.♥♫

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  3. Your roses look beautiful! I don't have any roses at all and I've never heard of the epsom salt idea. I may buy a rose soon after seeing so many beautiful ones on blogs. Hugs, Pamela

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  4. Yucky bug but beautiful roses, Judith! My next door neighbor has the coral carpet roses all around her home & they look fantastic all spring/summer long. My knock-out roses don't look half as pretty!

    Did the package arrive yet?????

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  5. These roses are so lovely!!!! My knock out roses always look so haggered...

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  6. Hi Judith ,
    Love those carpet roses and I see Lavender!!!
    I have been absent a lot from my blog and was catching up on your posts... Congrats on the lovely article, How fun to have Carolyn all dolled up in the article:-))
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  7. Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday’s! i too adore carpet roses...yours are so pretty along your pathway! xoxo, tracie

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  8. Beautiful, thanks for sharing. I was just thinking of planting some carpet roses in an area behind our pergola. It was fun to see yours.

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  9. We are finally growing roses here by the ponds - thanks to the deer fence. One of the nicest things is finding the wild roses that have always been here, but were always eaten down by the deer - they are now large and full of blooms.

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  10. They looks lovely and I see your lavender in the back too and they are so beautiful. Mine are still babies this year.

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  11. The epsom salts is a good tip that I will have to try next year. Your pathway looks pretty with all the roses.

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  12. Are these the ground cover roses that I see advertised? Epsom salts are wonderful!

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  13. Very pretty!! Now I must go look up "Carpet Roses". I have never heard of them before. Or the use of epsom salts.

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  14. Wow gorgeous Carpet roses Judith..sooo pretty...what a stunning scene!.I haven't yet tried one of them and have always thought I might in the future....yours looks divine, charming and beautiful! and thanks so much again for your awesome-helpful advice...I havent had any rose buds invaded since! Thankyou
    Have a sparkling day..and hope you had a wonderful Canada day wkd!
    victoria

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  15. These carpet roses look beautiful and truly do achieve an English cottage feel. We are just starting to add a roses into our garden plan and have much to learn about caring for these beauties. I have made note of the Epsom salt tip, thanks for sharing it. xo HHL

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  16. Your roses are lovely and I'm glad you answered the question regarding die back. I love roses but as part of my effort to cut down on work in our two acres of gardens, I've removed a great many shrub roses because of the dieback problem and the time needed to get them back in shape each spring. Very lovely post and I enjoyed visiting... Larry

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  17. Hello, Judith!
    Your roses are so lovely! I love roses, but I do not have any roses in our garden.
    Our garden is a typical Japanese garden taken care with tender by my mother in law so long. I am going to buy some roses someday!! I will have to keep the epsom salt idea in mind. Thank you!
    Tomoko.

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  18. Hi Judith!
    Your carpet roses are lovely! I've been considering some as an edging for my large perennial garden in red... What variety are yours? I'm looking at the Knock our roses.
    Have a great day and stop by for a look at my garden too!
    Deb

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  19. These are so pretty! I moved a 4" wild rose plant to the foundation garden around our tiny cottage last year, and it has 3 blooms! :) The roses only bloom one day, and then they are gone, but the fragrance is heavenly!

    I also wanted to mention that when I clicked on your name in my comments, your Profile did not display the link to your blog (so I googled it).

    Wishing you a very lovely day, Judith!
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  20. Judith, your roses are so delicate and pretty. The purple in the background is very attractive with the lovely pinks.

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  21. Good morning... I love your pretty roses!... your garden looks so lovely, and I also love all of your little garden decorations... wishing you a beautiful Summers day... xoxo Julie Marie

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  22. Your carpet roses look lovely Judith. V

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  23. Hi Judith,
    I love your carpet roses along the walk way. I have used epsom salts at planting time but I will get them a dose next spring again.
    I am looking forward to receiving the magazine-thank you for sending it to me.

    Take care,
    Carolyn

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  24. Very pretty, Judith! I had never heard of using epsom salts around the base of roses. What does that do? The critter activity: what insect causes that "spittle" on the plants? I had a lot of that earlier this spring but it seems to be gone now. I suppose because whatever was in it has hatched and moved on.
    Hugs, Beth

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  25. These are lovely and we all have some naughty bugs. We don't have June beatles in Colorado but I sure remember how they ate my roses in other places! This walkway is very lovely!

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  26. Hi Judith,
    Roses on Long Island took such a hit this past winter and now even the Knockouts are having problems!
    Yours are beautiful!

    glimpsesofglory-karen.blogspot.com/

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  27. Judith,

    Your light and dark pink carpet roses are gorgeous along your walkway.

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  28. You have a lovely English garden Judith. Carpet roses did indeed do the trick.
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment; I appreciate it so much.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden.
    Hugs to you.

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