Sometimes we see pictures of gardens that are so out-of-this world beautiful that we are left speechless. That happened to me last year on the GW antique roses forum, when Jon from Wessex in England posted a picture of part of his garden. I asked his permission to post his picture here and share this extraordinary masterpiece of gardening and photography.
The picture showed a hedgerow of shrubs and small trees, interplanted with roses. Ramblers like 'Seagull' growing up into the shrubs and trees, mixed with large shrub roses and a mixed border - roses with perennials and annuals in front. The result is amazing and shows that it is possible to make a sublime garden with roses. The Roses used were: Seagull, Gypsy Boy, Archiduc Joseph, Francesca, Adam Messerich,californica Plena and a few others I can not identify from the picture.
The picture is so beautiful that it almost hurt! I come to think of a quote from the movie 'American beauty'; "it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." My heart almost caves in from awe, seeing such a beautiful rose garden. Breathtaking isn´t it?
During the winter, we gardeners and roselovers long for summer and days were the sweet fragrance of roses fills the air. We endure by reading books, blogs, forums, catalogues and plan the tasks in our gardens the coming season. Waiting. Waiting for our garden to reach a peak of beauty we long for all winter, and have prepared and planned for years. It takes years for roses to reach mature sizes and good care, but I do feel they unlike many other garden plants give so much more. Few plants bloom as much and as long as roses. Mixing onceblooming and repeatflowering roses give blooms all season.
Jon is a great gardener and he works as a gardener in one of the worlds most beautiful public gardens: Mottisfont Abbey. His own private garden is just as beautiful, even though much smaller. Like he says, "When we have small gardens we need to cram everything together and go vertical". Something I totally agree with since I only have a tiny garden myself. Rambling roses in trees (Like the Ayrshire Splendens rose in my header picture) and climbing roses on arches, pillars and walls creates gorgeous features in gardens. I like when it rains rose petals from above.
I hope this picture inspires you to reach a little higher when you plan your gardens. Often the limitions, as to what is possible are all in our own minds. We need to be inspired to break these limits and a picture like this helps. 5 years from now your garden can look great too.