Rose Heaven in My Courtyard Garden

rose potpourri

I have grown fragrant English and Austin Roses for years and as a result, have had hundreds of fragrant rose petals dropping about, as they sit in vases all over the house. I collect the jewels to dry in an old wooden bowl, turning them whenever I pass by. They become more intensely perfumed as they age, drying in the bowl.
Following anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, I add some of my lavender to the mix and voilá!
What you see above ~

tamara courtyard roses

Tamara is perhaps one of my most favorite, not only because of her intense fragrance but also because she is as beautiful in a bush as in a bud vase.

french lace rose with lavender
french lace with lavender

French lace is a floribunda rose that is now hard to find but well worth a search. She is small in size and once the flower completely opens, not nearly as beautiful as she is in bud. Still she has that luscious shade of pink just kissing her petals that I cannot resist. And again, her fragrance keeps her at the top of my list!

eglantyne courtyard rose

It’s obvious why eglantyne is one of my most beloved roses. And the fragrance is heaven. One flower will fill a room with fragrant wafts of deliciousness ~

rose new dawn
new dawn

Finally we have our new dawn climbers up where they belong; on an
old{very} apple~picking ladder my ever-patient husband fashioned into a trellis for me.
It now connects our two front “barns” with loveliness, especially in spring, as you see above.
It has rained rose petals for weeks!

roses on table

My nightstand with Tamara, Eglantyne and French Lace rosebuds for a fragrant night of peace and sweet dreams. Within about 3 days the two English roses will “blow” their petals all over the table and floor!

courtyard rosesgolden celebrations

One of the few yellow roses I have. I am still on the fence with this rose after five years. I do love it’s buds of rosy pink plumpness but that strange shade of yellow is a bit “off” to me. Still I never have the heart to pull a plant that is trying it’s best.


Grenada is a very special floribunda with a stunning display of fragrant flowers all summer long. She sat in a nursery pot for *2* years awaiting us to transplant her to the courtyard. We were otherwise distracted and watched her, along with Queenie(Queen Elizabeth) and Seashell become firmly rooted in the dirt where they stood. They clearly didn’t need us!

Now she is in my courtyard and after almost a year, putting on a fabulous display as long as I keep dead~heading the faded blooms!
Look at those buds!


English Charlotte is buxom and much perfumed, flopping herself all over the others in front of her if not properly girdled on her pyramid {that I discovered she broke with her buxomness!}. She is large for an English rose and gets about 5-6 feet tall. She’s rather lanky on her skinny legs, hidden behind lavender and Charles Aznavour.


A close up at sunrise of Grenada.

charles aznavour
charles aznavour

Charles Aznavour is another rose worth seeking out for his subtle beauty and abundance of blooms, especially in spring. I love the variegated pink to cream shades that change with each flower. Often he is freckled.
And of course, he is wildly fragrant!
Alas he is also subject to every blight in rose world…

rose gold medal
gold medal

A beautiful yellow rose, an Austin floribunda and a big boy{or “grandiflora”}. Living beneath the olive tree, he drapes himself all around the tree, growing taller in the dappled shade. The fragrance is strong and wafts around a room, dancing beautifully with the girls.

double delight
double delight

Last but never least is Double Delight. I have wondered about this rose because he is somewhat different from the original DD’s I’ve had, with a softer shading of pink~ruffled edges. The pale yellow center is beautiful with the soft shades of rose. A floribunda that is quite prolific all summer, never tiring of blooming his head off.

I have no idea why some of my roses are male and some female. Sometimes it’s the names they were born with and other times, they are named what they “seem” to be. Some are crazy~pushy~aggressive and I see “boy”.
DD is a boy~


Some of my readers have offered words of wisdom and grace for me since I wrote of my latest bit of bad news. I am more grateful to you than you can know.
I offer this post to you in humility.

 I have a wicker rocker in the courtyard as my roses and plump lavender wands fill the space with heaven in the form of color and scent.
My roses are a life~line to nature’s benevolence.
Their transient wisdom possessed within, quietly “being” and allowing time to take it’s own way with them.

I know they are but flowers and not of human mind yet they offer teachings I take within my heart to hold.

They shine~


31 thoughts on “Rose Heaven in My Courtyard Garden

  1. the beauty of your roses is spectacular and your love for them shines through every word. You have made them come alive for me and I can almost smell their lovely fragrances.

    1. hi joss..good to see you again! I’m glad you enjoyed my roses. xxx

  2. Beautiful post – and even more Beautiful soul you are Linda~ just breathtaking to savor these photos and words with you.
    Love to you Always, Robyn

    1. thank you, Robyn. my love and blessings to

  3. You always give us beauty and joy. Isn’t it interesting that we give gender to plants. I do, too! Thank you so much for a remarkable and life-affirming post.

    1. Rebecca, I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. 😉 thank you for your kind words!

  4. Beautiful post and your roses are just gorgeous! I love roses, too and am very fortunate to have blooms almost year round. I have a small yellow rose right by my front door named “Rise and Shine” that is one of my favorites, tiny little buds to encourage me to start my day. Wish you a wonderful day filled with joy.

    1. jannell, thank you for your lovely comment. I love the sound of your little yellow rose… if I were to have room, energy and time! one of the loveliest parts of living here are roses! xxx

  5. Sweet Linda, my heart quaked as I gazed upon your beautiful roses and read your charming descriptions. They are beyond magnificent, as are you.

    I hope you’re feeling a little better. I wish I could have an hour or two with you in your garden on this side of Forever.

    1. dear susan, I wish for you a summer of blooms! and happy I can share a bit of the joy they bring to you and me! I too wish that… one never knows. well… xox

  6. Thanks for the wonderful post on all the beautiful flowers, just admire your “green fingers” and I am very bad at gardening (still have much to learn). Is it true that there’s “Charles Aznavour”, oh I just love his songs, especially “Tous les visages de l’amour”, what a beautiful name on rose….

  7. ((((( Linda ))))))) I’ve missed something, I fear. But I do hope things are easing up some for you–getting out in sunshine and warmth is one of those ‘healing’ deals that happens for me. But holy cow–you’ve got a whole nursery of roses! (makes up for me having none, then! LOL) And they’re gorgeous–absolutely gorgeous. I adore the grenada with it’s brilliant colours and it’s tightly wrapped buds. Wow that’s lovely. They’re all lovely (and yes, I’d go with boy/girl attributes as well….and name them. LOL).
    I can only imagine the smells in the gardens and in the house. Year round pleasures, for sure.

    1. well, not easing i suppose… looking at a bit more than i want. such is…

      it’s actually going to rain too. does your FM act up then? mine sure does! ugh.. glad you loved my roses. i wish you’d post a photo of your little patio. maybe it’s not even little! 🙂

      grenada is one of my faves now. had no idea it was so beautiful til we planted it. poor little dear. now just growing like mad! tho my little babies are not used to rain in July and it’s coming for the next day or two-or so they say-one never knows and frankly a little rain would be good to settle the infernal dust… but then spray for mildew is a must for dear husband.

      i’ve not named them since i’d forget the name. passwords are enough!! LOL 🙂 yes, the rose fragrance is quite lovely, especially right NOW! xox

  8. Ah, beautiful roses , Linda! Love them !you are so lucky to have them in your garden❤
    I have some in my balcony in pot but they cannot grow like roses on ground . This year my roses was not blooming many and little worrying about them ! Specially rainy, cloudy days continues recently !
    But now I saw your beautiful roses and you brought me a big joy ❤
    Thank you ❤

    1. dear violet,
      it’s nice to have such a lovely comment from you. there are roses that do well in pots! but the rain isn’t so great…

      we are quite dry here. just a little coming over the next day but that’s very unusual. the usual is dry from early june or may even til at least late september. usually november-december.

      glad i brought you great joy, my dear. xox

    1. dear elena,
      thank you so much! xo

  9. A post that makes me smile! Beautiful photos too – and your garden must be outstanding!

    1. Thank you for enjoying! my garden is just a pile of messes right now because we are “trying” to re-landscape about a quarter acre so even if it were done – and it’s far from it – it’s another few years… ah well… keeps us busy and out of trouble.

  10. dear friends,
    thanks so much for your kind comments. as you can probably see, i’ve been on my iPad til i can type a bit more. just to say thank you so for coming by and leaving me your thoughts and enjoying my lovelies. they truly are such a blessing. xox

  11. Linda, your roses are beautiful! What a treat to see them so up close and personal. 🙂

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. Hi Wendy,
      I am so glad you liked my flowers. i imagine you can grow some wonderful ones up there too? Not quite as hot but nice just the same.. blessing right back. xxxl

      1. I don’t have near as many roses as you do… 🙂

  12. Linda – it’s here, in this beautiful post that I read your words of happiness, you come alive speaking of your roses. You’ve given us a peak into your gardens of lovelies. We can only imagine the joy for you in seeing the beautiful petals of each type of rose, and the fragrance that fills your gardens and home. We have a healthy-beautiful Austin rose bush “William Shakespeare” and love the old-fragrant deep smell. We had such a beautiful spring this year with all our roses flushed like I’ve never seen. And then we discovered “Rosette” on three bushes in the front yard. So unbelievable, since there is no cure or prevention. We have found out that the disease has started to take hold in North Texas – we’ve had to remove two of the rose bushes, as the disease was too far gone and many more of the front yard bushes may have to be pulled. We love roses and their fragrance, but are saddened by what has happened. I’m so happy to see that you have had tremendous success with your roses, they are gorgeous.

    1. Mary,
      I lost two roses a few years ago due to rosette… very sad. at the time all I knew was I had to destroy them as it might spread via roots. Now the thing to do seems to be to wait and see but it does seem to be a very big issue in the rose community, especially regarding growers. I knew who grew the sick ones and have held my breath with others I got from him and didn’t pull them. so far I see signs here and there and just keep an eye out. Sometimes these things are similar to what humans might be plagued with but they still go on living. there I go making them human again! 😉 And now I’m very choosy in who I buy roses from. (sick ones were mail order bare root.)

      I’m curious if the Austins were the ones with rosette? And were they grown in TX? I’ve read they are now growing some Austin roses in TX! I’m not sure about that, it seemed strange to me and the justification was, of course, the diff. in weather between the US and UK.

      i feel your pain… I would replant twice as many to ease my suffering!! 🙂

      1. Wonderful response and thank you! The main rose bush affected was here when we moved in – and the root was so thick and large that we figured it was here for great than 10 years or better. We have tremendous winds that hit the front of the house and we think it was part of the stuff that blows around – meaning someone else may have had the disease.

        David Austin, is in the back yard and is about 4 years old, that we ordered and planted. It’s very healthy and we’re thrilled – I love it. The Austin company do have a place in Tyler, TX which is 15 or 20 miles east of Dallas – actually is considered the rose capital, many growers there. I think they have quite the variety here and it makes we feel good to know they are developing roses for our climate.

        I would love to know how you’ve achieved such large and healthy rose bushes, they are gorgeous, especially the climber. I’m thinking we may not be watering ours enough, do you suggest every day? Our temps are in the 90’s now and will be until October.

        Just one last question. Our roses were gorgeous the first blush of Spring roses, wow. Now they have lost their leaves and look scrawny – does this happen to yours? If not perhaps I didn’t cut them back enough after the first blush to encourage new growth.

        I don’t think we have enough sun light in our yard – very large oak trees, that capture much of the sun, or I would take your advice and grow twice as many LOL!

        1. I hope I answer everything but if I forget something, just let me know. it’s hot there, much more than in this banana belt of zone10 I’m in. then the courtyard is enclosed creating even greater warmth and control from the drying winds-my greatest nemesis in growing roses! those crazy winds are warm and suck the moisture right out of the plant.

          all mine are on drips of about 2hrs 1 gal/ hr 3 x week appx. I’ve had to literally dump more water on them in the extreme heat over 95 here, thankfully not much of that til later in the summer.

          in TX, firstly I’d ask a nursery or someone whose growing roses. everyone likes to talk roses! also there’s a WP blog called the redneck rosarian, he’s in atlanta and might have ideas for your area. do you know him?

          oak trees…. hmmmm, from what I know nothing grows under them. but there’s 100s so don’t know which is there. roses hate shade! maybe plant them in the back? I think you need to know the var. of oak or can you prune him? (him!) 😉 are they (roses)for curb appeal?

          the climber is called New Dawn, very easy, tough, blooms do bleach out in heat.. also needs support! mine is on a trellis 10 feet high & 20′ across, one either side. they like heat but need lots of water. not much disease but need food too. might be good in the hot windy front if theres support or go with floribundas? my Grenada is fab & might work. you could find it I think… I didn’t snap it in full bloom and wish I did! gorgeous, healthy rose!

          I was thinking of the drainage needs too. they’ll drop leaves for almost any reason! some worse than others so I plant in front of them, usually lavenders. the Austin’s seem to be worse for that but maybe only here. deadheading does help the leaf drop if you’re better about it than me!

          the photos on my blog are the best out of 462! not kidding! but we do spray a couple times a season, fertilize&compost them, pick them lots..I like to make potpourri from the English roses. and after all that still have issues like bugs, mildew etc. but they’re worth it! and I have a very helpful hubby without whom I’d have no garden at all!! you should see my back 40, affectionately named for my back ” yard “…oy! what a mess we have right now.

          I’d love to see your William! please post a photo of him, betting he’s stunning if still in bloom. that TX heat is harsh and I’m surprised he’s still alive- must be a hardy one but doesn’t he bleach out? I’m considering W.Baffin, another red. saw him the other day…swoon. BUT! I have too much to do, husband would not be happy to plant ANOTHER this season. already he’s done 11!!!!


          1. I just sent a reply and forgot to click send, oh well. Wow, thank you for the great response – can’t tell you how appreciative I am. I think I know what one of the problems, lack of water – I’m not watering enough. Thanks for the blogger site, I’ll be going over to check it out. You have to have more than 475 rose bushes and form the sounds of it years of experience in making the roses the star performers (composting, fertilizing, etc.), no wonder those petals trail you where ever you go – that about as beautiful as a smell can get – there is nothing like it. I know for our William, I can’t ignore the urge to smell one of the roses when they’re in bloom – all gone now, but will take a photo when the new buds open. He is very healthy – thank goodness. I like your idea of a cover in front of the bushes that hides the uglies – after the bloom fall off. We fertilize all our bushes with Austin’s fertilizer twice a year, so far the plants seem to like that – w/the exception of Rosette. Thank you, I hope you get some rest now – you’ve given me tons of fantastic information to learn from. Take care, Mary

            1. re the uglies, I’m trying nepeta six hills giant for something new w/ summer bloom. just a thought … now off to nap. XX 😉

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