Where has the Summer Gone?


I am somewhat shocked. My calendar tells me August is here. I am wondering where the summer has gone?
This summer was almost perfect for the roses in my garden. It was warm and just the right amount of rain. I was looking through the garden pictures that I have been taking and found the ones of the roses in bloom. I have about 20 varieties in the garden now. Most of them antique. I have added another six since these photos were taken and trying to resist the temptation for even more.Here’s a selection of some of my favorites from this fast fading summer.

The Zephirine Drouhin climbing on the back of the building is my favorite climber. Just plant it, water it and watch it go.
I planted a small Reine des Violettes last year that’s starting to take off on the arbor at the back of the garden. The blooms are a gorgeous color and the fragrance is bliss.

The Pierre de Ronsard in my opinion is a must have for every garden. The roses are stunning and fragrant, best of all they reward us with literally arm loads of stunning roses. They even rebloom in late summer.
A wonderful simple arrangement for the kitchen. A stem of Zephirine Drouhin in a plain bottle.


Roses in the city. This is an arrangement we did for the city apartment. A contrast of cream Pierre de Ronsard mixed with some of the purples varieties.
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Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Your roses are divine and so is this blog. Thanks for all the beauty, truly.

Style Chronicle said...

I can remember my grandfather pruning and tending to his roses in year round in Southern California. Your garden is breathtaking as always.

Kelly Green said...

Your roses are perfect! I have just pruned mine and am waiting for them to bud up again!

pve design said...

We are savouring the month of August along with many apples and veggies from the garden. Our roses were in abundance too. Your roses are gorgeous.

Really loved seeing you and adore your longer coif.
Hope you will add your fabrics to a line of summer belts....to your shop.
Plan to come to see your garden Sept.3.
pve

Marisa said...

This is true, it is going way too fast. I was just in Hudson passing through on my way up to the Catskills, thought of you!
x M

The Devine Life said...

It so wonderful when they start to rebloom at the end of summer. There's nothing roses from the garden.

The Devine Life said...

M-
You should have called and come for lunch! Wasn't it a great weekend?

Suzanne said...

Enjoy your roses and yes the summer is going way too fast.My climbers in Old Lyme are a coral color...

I am in Quebec right now and it is cool and sunny! Visions of fall already this far north.

Audrey and I would like to see those roses in person maybe at your next garden tour...

The Devine Life said...

Hope you can make it! Would love to meet Audrey.
It felt like early fall here this morning too!

custom seamstress said...

The climbing rose looks beautiful. It's great how it chose to climb.

Ideezine said...

Roses are the sweetness in life we hold so dear. The fragrance, colors, and inner happiness they bring is priceless. Pure simple joy.

Bette

pretty pink tulips said...

I love all roses. They remind me of my mother and grandmother (who grew them). Now, I have climbing roses, which I love.

I was SO thrilled to meet you at Eddie & Jaithan's!!! You were just delightful!!!

xo Elizabeth

ALL THE BEST said...

So beautiful!! Summer has gone by way too fast. xo

maría cecilia said...

So wonderul roses, and yes, P. de Ronsards are a must have as you say and I have planted many here in the l
Los Andes mountains where I live.
Greetings from Chile,
maria cecilia

Hamptontoes said...

What lovely roses you have!

LiveLikeYou said...

I wish my rose looked like that!! Yes it's depressing to think the days will soon be shorter and darker. Where did this summer go?

Anonymous said...

Do you secure/train your roses on the wall?
If so what do you use?
Thank you!

Lord Cowell said...

I love your Zephirine Drouhin. I had not come across it before, but now I've seen your I must find some for our rose garden. Thanks, David.

tom | tall clover farm said...

Lovely old roses. I was going to suggest a blush white rose for your garden: Madame Alfred Carriere, but I think as a noisette rose it may be to tender for New York. If you're looking for disease resistant butter yellow rose that is sweetly scented and blooms in the style of an old rose, check out Scent from Above. It perfumes my garden and isn't fussy.

Melissa said...

Your blog is a beautiful respite for the soul and eyes.

The Devine Life said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I just put Madame Alfred Carriere in this summer. Looking forward to seeing it next summer.

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