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.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Roses of Linderhof And What We Do With Them. . .

I've always adored roses ever since I was a little girl.     Both mother and grandmother had roses in their gardens -- old fashioned roses -- the climbing kind that rambled up and over a trellis.      Mother's was pink -- I think it was a Dr. Van Fleet.    Grandmother's was a Paul's Scarlet -- a big red rose with (at least to a small child) very big thorns!     I learned to respect roses at an early age!

We've filled Linderhof's gardens with roses.    Unfortunately, their bloom time is short -- a week or two at the most.    But, I think, that Linderhof's gardens are the most beautiful when the roses are blooming. With our mild winter and early Spring, everything is 2 to 3 weeks ahead of normal bloom time and so instead of roses for Mother's Day, we had roses in April!

And they were especially splendid this year.

William Baffin is a Canadian Rose -- it loves the prairie!

The William Baffin which climbs up the arbor that connects house and garage.    Planted in 1997, it is now an old rose and it reaches for the sky!

A mystery rose

Another arbor and another pink rose -- and I've forgotten both it's name and where I got it from!

My Washington rose

Another old climbing rose which is in a shady part of the garden.    I got it from Washington State, but alas, I can't remember it's name either!

The only yellow rose in the garden
(until Daughter Sarah gifted me with yellow knock outs for Mother's Day)

A yellow knock out rose which surprisingly is fragrant, unlike those first knock-outs that were both red and odorless.  

The red knock outs in the foreground and the William Baffin in the background

Which are the line of roses that separate the herb garden from the patio.    And this year they made quite a show!

We enjoy the roses outside but we also enjoy the roses

A classic bouquet -- pink roses in blue and white transferware

In bouquets for the house.     The fragrance makes the whole room smell of roses.

And for the winter

Two trays of candied rose petals

We candy rose petals -- to top cakes or cupcakes in late fall and winter to remind us of spring and the roses blooming.

And we also

The start of rose potpourri 2012

make rose potpourri.    A jar is kept on the counter during rose time.     I'll go out and pick roses no less than every other day and the petals are put in the jar.    A sprinkle of salt goes on top.    And we add petals and salt until we either fill the jar or we run out of roses!    Once either the jar is full (or the roses run out), we place a saucer on top and press it down with a weight (a garden rock works nicely).    The jar goes to the basement and we ignore it for at least 3 months and sometimes longer.

What you have at the end is a brown ugly mass that smells of roses!    Remove this mass from the jar and break up into small chunks.    You can add to other potpourri if you want but we prefer to put in lidded china jars.    The fragrance is released into the room when the lid is removed!

It's as my grandmother did -- with those Paul's Scarlet roses she grew.     It's a way to extend spring past summer and into the fall and winter.  


Rebecca said...

How beautiful! (And the thing I like best is that you don't remember all the names of your roses.)

If you don't mind, I'm going to copy your method of making potpourri. I have some prolific white bloomers and a single red-flowering bush. Should make for some scent-nostalgia come winter time...

MarmePurl said...

Wonderful always

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I have made so potpourri with some of my roses, but your idea is great.

On Crooked Creek said...

A drive past Linderhof yesterday was such a treat with all the green foilage that surrounds your lovely home! This Rose Garden is breathtaking...I can only imagine the aroma! Lovely post!

lindaraxa said...

What a great idea for potpourri. I am going to try it with the gardenias, we have so many!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You certainly get the most out of your roses. I didn't realize making the potpourri was so simple. I learned something new!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Roses are irresistible! I've always been a little afraid of trying that wet pot pourri method, but you may just inspire me, Martha. I love the fragrance of roses, all roses.

Martha said...

Pat -- you should have stopped -- we were home!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Thanks for sharing how you dry your roses for potpourri! I wasn't really sure how to do it. I love roses too, we only have two, but they are both big climbers that have been at this house for many years. They were here when we bought our house 5 yrs ago, so I know nothing about them, although one of them looks like a William Baffin. The other I have no idea, but neither of them are fragrant. Still, they are very pretty!

podso said...

We have the same yellow knockouts and they do not do as well, at least so far, as the red ones, Maybe it's their location or age. This year our red ones were truly knock outs--just amazing. I really like your Mt. Washington!

Hope the party went well. It must have been lovely with your garden in bloom!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

I was excited to see your William Baffin rose. I have one too and will be doing a post about it when it blooms next month. Your yard is so beautiful with all your roses. Thank you for sharing your potpourri recipe. I've dried them, but never used salt. Have a wonderful week.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, just fabulous Martha ~~
Your gardens are just stunning,
I always find it a delight to make something from what we grow.
You certainly out did yourself.
Have a lovely day,
Hugs Rosemary...xo

Michelle said...

Your roses are beautiful. I planted some red knockouts last year which are starting to take off, and a yellow knockout which hasn't repeated any blooms yet, after the first flush. I would love to plant a climber on an arbor, but I'm intimidated in maintaining one. I guess I need to just go for it!