Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

William Baffin

It's Outdoor Wednesday again -- a fun time as we go outside and see what Spring has brought. The rains that have fallen on the prairie have been a boon to things growing and if there is a one word description of this week on the prairie -- that word would have to be "green".

Please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer and see what else is outside.


At Linderhof, it is our William Baffin rose. A Canadian rose, it is definitely winter hardy and a good choice for a prairie garden. It can be a climber, as it is at Linderhof, or be trained as more of a shrub rose.

It's a mass of pink as we look out the breakfast room window or look up the drive where it spills over the fence.

Our William Baffin has been with us for 10 years and it has grown in leaps and bounds. So much so that I bought a second one last year and although it has only crept, it should fill out the other side of the fence soon. Although it won't probably ever catch up to it's older brother.
It's pink and has a mild fragrance and I love the way the petals float in the pond this spring.
It's an old fashioned rose which I much prefer. It was a good choice those many years ago when we bought a William Baffin for the gardens at Linderhof.

24 comments:

CailinMarie said...

that is quite a rose bush! they are very difficult to grow around here as we have excessive humidity and they get rot. For some reason though this year seems different, I have high hopes. That William Bafin though is really pretty.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful! No roses here yet..June is when they start blooming here..
Have you seen the variety New Dawn? I saw them on a garden forum. The woman said in one year they covered her arbor..just lovely!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lovely! Lovely Lovely! You chose wisely and well! It is a beauty. And is that a darling kitty I spy in your garden pond? Thanks for sharing your roses. I wish I had your green thumb!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Martha! Oh my..what a beautiful rose!!! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

That is a beautiful rose...Happy OW...

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I love those old fashioned roses. One of my favorite places for roses is the Antique Rose Emporium that has tons of those roses. Thanks for sharing more of your lovely pics.

Mary said...

Martha what a beautiful garden corner. Your roses are, of course, beautiful. I love the fragrance of the old roses. Have a great day.

Acorn Cottage said...

What a lovely color! I would like to know if Cecil Brunners can grow in the Midwest?

grey like snuffie said...

All this Midwest rain has been a wonder...things in my gardens are so much taller and filled out. Your roses are gorgeous.

xinex said...

Beautiful roses and the color is so attractive. They look great by the pond..Christine

Martha said...

Nancy -- Cecille Brunners should be hardy in Zone 5 and that's what you're in but I am wondering if the heat of summer is a worst enemy than the cold of winter. If they aren't pricey, I certainly would get one -- they are a lovely rose.

Joyce said...

Pretty rose. I miss growing roses since I moved from CA.
Joyce

Becky K. said...

What a lovely shade of pink.

Our roses have just begun to open here in PA.

Happy Wednesday!
Becky K.
www.hospitalitylane.blogspot.com

Carrie said...

Beautiful roses. I love old-fashioned rose-- my grandpa used to grow them.

Happy Wednesday!!

grey like snuffie said...

You were correct in guessing where the playing children reside.

Pondside said...

I love the Explorer Roses, as they're called, developed at a research station in Morden, Manitoba - a place that sees the extremes of winter weather. We grew them when we lived in Ottawa and had a great deal of pleasure from them. It was great to see such a lovely speciman in your post!

ellen b said...

Oh so very lovely! Great choice you made...
Happy O.W. to you.

Blushing hostess said...

Are you giving it epsom salt? It is a magical beast!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Just beautiful! I love roses. I can't wait for ours to bloom. Your gardens are amazing!

Bridgett said...

That is a gorgeous rose and I have never heard of it before. I would love to have a rose garden. The flower itself is just so vibrant. I love it.

Brenda said...

I too love how the pink petals float in the pond. As though it is swimming in relaxation.
Brenda

Mama said...

your William Baffin is gorgeous, I will look out for this beautiful rose, happy outdoor Wednesday, Kathy

philben5 said...

Wow what a rose bush. Absolutely beautiful and I can't even imagine the smell.
Blessings
Roxanne

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Lovely! What beautiful roses, they kind of have the look of wild roses. I have some roses blooming. The 'Outdoor Wednesday' post, can any participate. I love taking pics of my flowers and the outdoors. I do not have a green thumb at all, but every now and then, something grows, despite my ingnorance on gardening.

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