Saturday, September 19, 2009

We interrupt our regular programming...

...in order to recover from the cold/flu/crud/whatever it is that has settled in The Management's head and chest. But wouldn't you know it? As soon as I'd made up my mind to stay in bed like a sensible girl, along comes a beautiful Saturday on the cusp of autumn--nearly windless, cool but not too cool, warm but not too warm; it's the kind of day that reminds you why you love the plains. And to add to temptation, last night the UPS man delivered a climbing rose I'd ordered from The Antique Rose Emporium.

Naturally, I was forced to rise from my sickbed and address the situation.

The rose is a climber, Madame Alfred Carriere, that I want to train along the fence and portal in the homesteader's garden. I've decided to grow a couple of antique roses there because I can imagine my fictitious woman homesteader bringing some roses along with her and planting them to remind her of home. Madame is a blush-white noisette that dates from 1879, so she certainly would have been around during the rough time frame that I have in mind (ca. 1900). The other, Prairie Rose, is a pink North American native that I planted last year; she only dates to 1924, but I'm the boss of my garden, so I'm allowed to fudge here and there.

I love getting plants from the ARE; they always arrive healthy and packed within an inch of their lives in two boxes, a pot, newspaper, and lots of tape. It's like opening a Christmas present that smells like the earth:




And some short work later (with only minimal hacking and nose-blowing), here Madame sits, all watered in and mulched to face the High Plains winter:




Now it's back to my hot tea and a lie-down.

6 comments:

  1. It looks in just the right place with that fence behind. Hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Your rose will be beautiful against that fence! Feel better soon. :)

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  3. Good luck with your cold. I have a Madame A.C. as well and it's climbed way, way higher than I wanted, so be prepared to do a lot of training on that fence! In fact, mine is above the first story and looks its best from my second story bedroom window. Wish we had that touch of fall weather. It's still too rainy here right now.

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  4. Your rose should look great against the fence. I love the Antique Rose Emporium, too...in fact, I'm going there on Friday to help my niece choose some new roses to plant. Fun!!!

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