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.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Reprise -- The Roses of Linderhof

This post was originally published on May 21, 2008. I've been busy this week and have not been out in the garden to take pictures (although we did host two parties in the garden -- a Margarita Party for 14 and a luncheon for my nieces -- and how could I have not one but TWO parties and not take pictures! What was I thinking? Perhaps too many margaritas at party one? However, both parties were a big success!)

It's Sunday and I'm joining my friend Artie at Color Outside the Lines in SAGS (Share A Garden Sunday) and also I'm also participating in Sunday Favorites with Chari at Happy to Design.

Who doesn't like roses and in May, the gardens at Linderhof are abloom with roses. Come visit my garden with it's blooming roses.

Roses have been at Linderhof since we first moved here 20 years ago. Before we moved in, we purchased two red Blaze roses -- one to climb up the trellis on the south side of the house while the other was planted in the back yard. They have grown and have thrived these 20 years.
And then 10 years later, we planted a pink William Baffin rose under our newly built arbor. It is alive in late May with masses of pink blossoms. It's very cold hardy and very vigorous and we decided that the rest of the arbor and fence needed these pink roses growing up and over and so last year we planted another.
When we bought this arbor 5 years later we bought two old fashioned climbers to clamber up and over. They are very fragrant roses and we especially like their pink blossoms against the white arbor with the green bench and blue bird bath.
This is a wee roses -- another old fashioned and I'm ashamed to say that I've forgotten it's name. It's a sweet rose that grows in a shady area and so has remained small. It's very fragrant, however, and when it blooms always brings a smile to my face.

Last year we succumbed to the Knock Out roses -- shrub roses that can withstand the heat of our summers and the cold of our winters and thrive. They're the red in our garden and we planted a whole row of them near the herb garden.

Linderhof is abloom with roses in mid to late May and bouquets are brought into the house daily for we so love roses. We harvest roses as well -- some get made into potpourri to give as Christmas gifts while others are used to make rose petal jam. A great jam to serve at afternoon tea or when the jar is topped with a square of rosy chintz and tied with a ribbon, makes a great hostess or Christmas gift.

Rose petal jam is easy to make and we make at least two batches each year.

Rose Petal Jam

1/2 pound pink or red edible rose petals
2 cups sugar, divided
4 1/2 cups water
juice of 2 lemons (approximately 1/2 cup)

Clip and discard bitter white bases from the rose petals; rinse petals thoroughly and drain. Place rose petals in a bowl and sprinkle enough sugar to coat each petal. Let set overnight.

In a saucepan over low heat, place remaining sugar, water and lemon juice; stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in rose petals and let simmer 20 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil; continue boiling for approximately 5 minutes until mixture thickens and a spoonful dropped onto a cold plate jells and holds it's shape. (approximately 221 on a candy thermometer).

After boiling, transfer the jam into hot sterlized jars. Fill them to within 1/4 inch of the top and wiping any spilled jam off the top, put the lid on top and tighten the ring around them. Cover, label and store in a cool cupboard.

Note: all roses that you intend to eat must be free of pesticides. Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries or garden centers for these flowers may have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops.


Kat said...

Your roses are magnificent. What a lovely greeting at the end of a long day. I'm sure your garden parties were lovely in this setting. Kathy

Lori E said...

I have always wanted to grow the roses that have the same or similar names of my ancestors.
For example a Zephirine Drouhin rose for my granfather Zepherin. A Cecile Brunner for my mother Cecile.
You inspire me to plant more roses in my yard.

Southerncook said...


I enjoyed this post but have a question for you. In the last photo there is a pale pink bloom behind the rosemary. What is that????

When I saw that you had a climbing Blaze it was an instant reminder of my mother. She had a climbing Blaze on a trellis at her front entrance of her house. She loved that rose. It made me think that I needed to get one to go in my own garden. Thanks for the memory.


Pondside said...

Well, you are a girl after my own heart - I like to have my summer parties in pairs - one on Saturday evening and another on Monday. The garden is then in good shape, the lawn mowed, flowers bought for two and all the big serving pieces out and polished. I hope you had fun!

ChrisC said...

Love the idea of the Rose Jam.Great idea!
And those roses are to die for.Our's,in florida,never seem to smell asHeavenly as ones grown up north.It must be the heat.

Lady Katherine said...

I just love this, I always say I going to do this! I never do! For I can never find the recipe! lol Love your brick path, and the lovely arbors!

Deborah said...

And why was I not invited to this margarita party?!?!? You have an open invitation to my Cantina parties! I completely understand forgetting to take pictures during the party...I did the same thing on the 4th of July. Always a pleasure to visit your lovely garden. **blows kisses** Deborah

Cass @ That Old House said...

A margarita party? Sounds like a blast and I think we all know why you didn't take pictures... didn't want evidence of dancing around with a lampshade on your head, right?

Back to business -- your roses are gorgeous, old-fashioned looking, and prolific -- just what they should be! Makes me miss May and June -- no roses now.

Deer ate our old crazy red rose bush at the back of the house --it's been here since who-knows-when and blooms like crazy -- and then the deer get hold of it and strip it bare. Now I've got what looks like an abstract lawn sculpture. . . .

Lovely post... and LOVE the brick walk! Perfect.

Lynn said...

Rose petal jam!
Who Knew!!
I remember your garden from another visit.
I wanted it to be mine then, too!
I won't say "Lucky you!" because I know it isn't luck that makes it pretty.
Once my baby sis said "Oh, you are so lucky to have a yard that is so pretty!"
I nearly jumped down her throat!
"Lucky? Luck had nothing to do with this yard! Do you think it just turned into this? Huh? Do you think I won it in the lottery?"
You get the idea.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

What gorgeous roses...and rose jam too! Wonderful!

niartist said...

Oh Martha, among the many things I love about Linderhof, the roses are one. Thanks so much for playing along this week! :)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

My friend, your roses are beautiful! My favorite flower of course! I love your white arbor with the climbing roses...charming! The gardens at Linderhof are among my very favorite...thank you so much for sharing them with us today...and thank you for joining in with Sunday Favorites, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes,
PS...Rose Petal Jam??? Girl, I've never heard of it before...what does it taste like? Ohhh, I'd love to try some!