Thursday, July 14, 2011

Eden Climber Rose

My mother and father in-law gave me money for my birthday so I thought I'd go buy a rose bush! Years ago there were roses here at the house when I moved in, but I had no idea how to take care of them and wasn't interested in learning.

Since I've been gardening for about 20 years now I figure it's about time to take on some bigger challenges, like roses.

I'd seen the Eden Climber in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine and thought it was the absolute bomb! (Pics of what it should look like when it grows up)

When I purchased the plant there were plenty of flowers and buds. Needless to say all the flowers are all dying and no new buds are appearing. After doing some research online I have found that the Eden Climber is not a big fan of the climate where I live, and doesn't winter well. Now I'm wishing I had bought the English Rose I had in my hands first. Hopefully, with a little bit of love and a lot of nurturing, this lemon will eventually turn into lemonade.

Anyway, here are a few before/after shots from my recent pruning.

My husband purchased a rose at the same time, a soft yellow Apertif. Wouldn't you know his plant is loaded with new buds. Oh well. At least I'll have one rose in the yard to photograph.

*In case you were wondering .... the pillows were purchased last year from the Christmas Tree Shop for $5 each, on clearance.
Don't you just love a bargain?

* Several of you mentioned the frames I used around the photos in my last post, wondering where I found them. They were actually on the Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 program I have. However, if you don't have PSE, you can find similar frames here. Katie Pertiet is the designer and you'll find pages and pages of them, and at reasonable prices! You can also follow Katie's blog for weekly freebie giveaways, updates on new products, and sales.

Thank you for stopping by!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your roses are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us. I know nothing about growing/taking care of them. I tried several times, years ago - with no success. :(
Have a great weekend.

Elaine said...

Oh how gorgeous! I envy anyone who can grow any plant or flower since I am the world's worst gardener.

BTW, love those pillows in the background of your shots!

Pearl Maple said...

beautiful collection of photos, roses are such a delight in summer

Unknown said...

I hope you are successful with your roses! They are so lovely.

Susan said...

Hi Sharon....I had heard of Eden roses but didn't know they don't do well in cold climes. Also heard of David Austin roses. I think roses are hard to grow, don't you? Susan

Carolynn Anctil said...

Wow. You can even make dead flowers look beautiful. *smile*

sheila lynch said...

I love the roses, I have killed a few rose bushes myself:) I have found the easiest rose is my area is "New Dawn" climber.
Thanks for the info about Photoshop, some day I will have the time to open up and learn, maybe I will email you in a couple of years:), hopefully sooner, thanks again.

Jo said...

Roses are beautiful and even when past their prime your photos beg to be painted! And I was curious about the cushions! I have killed many a rose bush but have found a Knockout Rose bushes to be incredibly easy. Plop them in a sunny spot and stand back and let them bloom. You can find singles or doubles and now multiple colors as they expand this popular line. I have 12 white ones on one side of my house. Every spring I check for any broken branch damage and remove. That's it. They bloom in 3-4 weeks and stay through November. They would be good for your zone too. Sometimes they go through a stage after the first bloom as the first blooms die, but then they burst forth with new blooms. David Austin roses are drop dead gorgeous but need tending. Good luck.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos of your pretty ross. I like the one of the swing seat. Enjoy the summer weekend. Blessings, Pamela

Unknown said...

Sharon, they look delicious.
Wonderful shots!

Unknown said...

i melt every time I see your pictures .... love the swing

Carole said...

We have sold Eden rose before and it really is gorgeous. I hadn't heard that it wasn't that hardy. Maybe burlap in the winter.

You should try some carpet roses....their super easy and bloom their heads off.....but they're not climbers.....for that get a new dawn rose.

Good luck!

Lynda said...

Your rose is beautiful Sharon! I love the faded ones ... they're gorgeous! Don't give up on your rose yet ... it may just need a bit of time to adjust to its new home. Give it lots of protection for the winter. I cover the base of mine with a pile of new earth (it must be new not just pulled from elsewhere in the garden) about 8-10" deep. I cut my climber back a bit in the fall so it won't be damaged by winter winds. Good luck! Roses are much hardier than people give them credit for. :)

Lisa said...

These are just stunning. I love Love the flowers. Each one has such beauty and the color is so soft and delicate.

Vicki Boster said...

Such stunning photos- truly amazing. The dried ones on te ledge is my favorite. You do a magnificent job with your photography. Best of luck with your new rose--