It’s no secret that I’m crazy about roses. the Garden.” There is no other flower that can so easily be described as elegant and romantic.
I’m not going to tell you the basics of growing roses. I won’t tell you that you need a minimum of six hours of full sun, welldrained compost-rich soil or that you need to protect your roses in winter — you can get that information from a variety of sources.
Instead, let me tell you about the personal satisfaction and joy I get from my garden. I have what I describe as a “rose collection,”
I’ll plant a specific specimen to commem-
variety, in honour of my partner’s significant
My rose garden is at the front of our house and, at the risk of sounding like a braggart, my roses are somewhat famous locally. When people ask where I live, I need only mention the roses and they know which house I mean. I even received a note through my door at Christmas-time from a neighbour I’ve never met, thanking me for the summer “show.”
I look at it almost as my gift to the community. But I’ve also met so many neighbours who are walking by while I am out front tending my roses and people driving by who stop their cars to compliment me on my garden and ask rosegrowing advice.
Inevitably, I replace a few shrubs every spring because some may not have survived the winter or some I feel just don’t perform well. But mainly it’s because I love choosing a few new varieties every year.
An old love or a new one, every spring my love affair is renewed as the roses go through their June bloom, first flush and continue through the season.
summer of romancing the bloom.
To say that Tim Tanz is crazy about roses is the understatement of the year, as illustrated by his photos of his dramatic front gardens.