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The Rose of Promise Gardens

It’s that time again as we prepare for our Rose & Garden Show 2018.  A few favorites from the past.

In our eyes, nothing is more beautiful than the blooms of roses and peonies…our favorites! So then, a few rose delights for the eyes and thoughts for the heart!

Promise Garden Roses
Promise Garden Roses

A White Rose

THE red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

John Boyle O’Reilly. 1844–1890

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…Inspiration in Art to the Gardens…

Beautiful inspiration for garden planning is to spend a leisurely stroll online viewing beautiful art for color, composition, perspective and placement of objects.  The gorgeous art of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema serves as a wonderful inspiration for me and I am fascinated by the pastel colors in his work.  I have used “like”color in my home.  As I complete the designs for the gardens, I will use the colors in this wonderful work for one of my floral displays.  Picture it… baby blue skies, purple, orchid, lavender, yellow, mauve, cream, shades of green.  Isn’t it lovely?  Are you inspired to create your own garden color inspirations?

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Garden Design on my Mind…

I am in the city this week but the Promise Gardens are not far from my mind.  I am so excited about the recent finds to complete the new Secret Garden and Shabby Chic outdoor studios.  The bicycle posted below became a quest for me and at the most unexpected place, I found the perfect bicycle.  I will not describe but will surprise you when completed and in its proper place in the gardens.

Colder weather has brought low temps at night but the roses are screaming to bud and I believe they will be earlier this year.  Did you see them last year?  Here’s an image from one of the rose gardens last year which I have uploaded to my Pinterest.  This is the antique rose garden and the wonderful Rosa Munda has preeminence.

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Roses, Maiden Pinks, Daisies Sweet

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ROSES, their sharp spines being gone,
Not royal in their smells alone,
But in their hue;
Maiden pinks, of odour faint,
Daisies smell-less, yet most quaint,
And sweet thyme true;

Primrose, firstborn child of Ver;
Merry springtime’s harbinger,
With her bells dim;
Oxlips in their cradles growing,
Marigolds on death-beds blowing,
Larks’-heels trim;

All dear Nature’s children sweet
Lie ‘fore bride and bridegroom’s feet,
Blessing their sense!
Not an angel of the air,
Bird melodious or bird fair,
Be absent hence!

The crow, the slanderous cuckoo, nor
The boding raven, nor chough hoar, 20
Nor chattering pye,
May on our bride-house perch or sing,
Or with them any discord bring,
But from it fly!
William Shakespeare. 1564–1616

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What is Your Favorite Rose? Poll

We often get this question, “What is Your Favorite Rose” at Promise Gardens. We love them all. Promise Gardens has 225 roses of varying species. Each one has its purpose in the garden, in the home and in giving. The famous “Hybrid Tea” — the “romantic” rose for giving is everyone’s favorite, we are sure but we wanted to know which one(s) you love and want or have in your garden. Take our poll and let’s hear from you.

p.s. If you want to see the various species we have, visit our gardens:
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Promise Gardens, Roses & Arbors

This is a photo of our first corner of the Promise Gardens wherein we began this adventure five years ago.  It was underbrush, rocks and fallen trees.  Now is a wonderful place of solace and beauty!  The name “Promise Gardens” came from our 9 months of cleanup of debris and our promise to begin here and complete the entire gardens….we are happy with the result…truly it a blessing of God’s creation. 

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It is amazing to go back and look at these five years of gardening and how things have grown and changed. The garden rule: “First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap.” The Promise Gardens are five years old and will be matured (according to the experts) and their best at seven years old. 

As you an see from the photos, we used tall slim trees to create rose arbors…which are stunning in full bloom!