We appreciate Ken Gourley for his work in the Fern Lodge rose garden. What follows is his thoughts and pictures of the rose garden.
Climbing Tea rose, “Sombreuil”
It’s rare to see many roses in bloom as early as Easter weekend, even at Fern Lodge; but this year was a delightful exception! Here is a pic of the heirloom climbing Tea rose, “Sombreuil” (Robert, Angers, France, 1850) currently gracing the top of the deer fence… And the next time you visit the back garden, check it out, and take a whiff — it smells just like green apples!
The “Abraham Darby” rose
Growing near this old stump (used as a step) is this coppery-pink fragrant beauty. Lots of Rosemary, bearded iris, and the Golden oregano ground cover make happy (and helpful!) companion plants.
Hybrid tea rose, “Climbing Royal Sunset”
An American-bred rose from the 1960s, besides having a wonderful color, it also has a strong fruity fragrance… Ahhhh, if only I could e-mail its perfume!
English rose, “Scepter’d Isle
If you enjoy the fragrance of myrrh, smelling this rose will make you swoon! Here it is seen growing and mingling with Rosemary…
“Tamora” with “Strawberr
y Hill”, what a sight (and what fragrance) !
Deer fenced garden, looking NE…
Growing with the roses inside the deer fence are usually a fair number of common Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). Besides their tall vertical element adding nice contrast to the round shape of the rose blooms, they also serve a practical purpose: because they are poisonous to gophers, and the rose roots inter-migle with the Foxglove roots, this is one of the plants that help keep the gophers away – HURRAY for Foxglove!
Old Noisette rose “Crepuscul
e” (Lyons, France, 1904), with Narcissus ‘Sir Winston Churchill’
Another “double-duty” companion plant is anything in the daffodil family; so this lovely Narcissus is essentially “standing guard” over the baby Noisette rose (which will eventually become a short climber, making its way up to the top of the arbor, above)…
Anna Lisa’s Arbor (with first Clematis bloom of 2014)!
Beneficial insects in the garden…
Lots of various wildlife abound out back — birds, bees, butterflies, and also bugs… LOTS of bugs! But fear not: this little spider is a friend, not foe, as he eats a lot of aphids – YAY!!
Historic heirloom roses at Fern Lodge…
We hope you enjoyed our virtual rose garden tour. More photos will be on their way.