Monday, March 15, 2010

First roses of the season: Old Blush







Hello, sweet friends, and welcome to Bunny Cottage! I just cut the first roses of the season. Every year it is one of my favorite and first roses to bloom, and it is called "Old Blush". This rose dates back to 1752, and it is a china rose. Most of the roses I grow are either chinas, teas, or noisettes. These are the antique roses that do best in the south. When I say "tea", I am not talking about the more modern hybrid teas. These antique roses have been around for many decades. These are the roses that you find growing on old homesteads and cemeteries throughout our country. They have survived with virtually no care at all. Well, I hope that signs of spring are coming to you. Have the sweetest of days!
"Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, a box where sweets compacted lie."~George Herbert


34 comments:

Paula said...

Dear Vicki,

Your roses are beautiful! I loved hearing about their history too! It is nice to know what kind of roses grow well in our hot and humid south! :)

I love your hand painted antique roses sign and your flowers signs. They are so beautiful! Your Bunny Cottage is always so lovely! We are having signs of Spring, and the weather has been wonderful these past few days! I hope you have the sweetest of days too!

Much love to you sweet friend,
Paula

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Good Monday to you Vicki :) Your roses are just so lovely. It's still way too soon here in Michigan for our roses, boo hoo :( I'm soo looking forward to spring to get here!

That Antique Roses sign is GORGEOUS!! Where did you find that? LOVE IT!!

Have a wonderful week!! Warmest, Brenda

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... I posted a comment, but it disappeared into thin air! I posted about heirloom roses first thing this morning too, and am off to our garden center now to buy some more... I love the really old varieties like you are talking about... my sister and I saved some from the 1800's from an old abandoned home they were going to tear down... they still thrive beautifully! I love your beautiful roses sign! xoxo Julie Marie

One Cheap B*tch said...

I love your photos! They scream spring and it's now just 7 days away - yay!

Marilyn said...

Absolutely beautiful roses!!! I can't wait until mine are ready.....um...maybe July!!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Marilyn

Ana said...

Oh Vicki,
What beautiful roses, and I bet they smell beautifully too. I can't wait to see your garden in full bloom. I still remember it from last year....breath taking. Such a beautiful place to sit and have tea. Enjoy your lovely roses my dear friend. Wishing you a fantabulous new week. Happy Monday.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Julie Harward said...

I can't believe it! We just got more snow all weekend! Give them a smell for me will you?! :D

CC said...

Love your sweet roses and your sign is beautiful.

Bunny said...

Roses are gorgeous, but sad to say we will not see a rose in our garden for months. But hopefully some tulips soon.

Doni said...

How beautiful! I can almost smell them from here!! Now, please tell us how we can either transplant or get slips and grow our own from these old southern spots of forgotten roses! I live in east Texas and see wild roses on the fences around here, and would love to get one for my own!!

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

The first shoot of the season is so precious isn't it! very pretty...there's no growth or budding here where I'm from just yet, but soon!

I love all the gorgeous rosey signs in your post..did you paint them? do you sell them? that white one is slendiderific!

ciao

June said...

Oh Vicki what a sight for sore eyes. Your roses, and your signs are so lovely. Roses already, you lucky girl you. I just may have to move myself to Texas. Do you let people move to Texas if we don't have the accent?lol
hugs
...and I love your Easter banner!!!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What is it about roses? The scent, the colors, the shapes.... HEAVENLY. I love your first image. Such a sweetie. Enjoy your lovely roses and your delicious cups of tea, I know I will ;o)
Have a happy day, sweet Vicky! xo

Mari said...

HELLO VICKI, I JUST LOVE ALL YOUR ITEMS BUT THAT ANTIQUE ROSE SIGN IS JUST MAGNIFICENT!!!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING....SMILES COMING YOUR WAY :p

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Vicki,
Beautiful roses. How very nice you have new blooms to celebrate the coming of spring. Wishing you a wonderful week!
Valerie

Elyse said...

oh, what a pretty post! take a big sniff whiff of your rose for me!

xo
elyse

Pom Pom said...

So lovely. I walk by a house that has the sweetest smelling pink tea roses in the summer. I stop to smell each time I pass. We must wait a good while for roses here, but first . . . the peonies. They burst forth just when school is out!

Shirley said...

Your roses are beautiful and I love them. My favorite. We are 5 days away from the first day of spring, but I don't think it is going to be that warm. We just barely made it up to 50 degrees late this afternoon suppose to be in the thirties in the morning. Take care.

Willow said...

You are so lucky to have your first roses of the year. I have notice that ours is coming alive, but no roses yet. I love those signs, they are just too pretty.

Willow

Maria said...

Good morning, Vicki!
A little visit here before work to send me off with a smile :)
Looks like the two of us are thinking 'roses' this week!
I love it that yours are home-grown and doing well in your yard*

...and doesn't it seem that everything that is low-maintenance is heartier!
God bless you always ~ Maria

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Such a beautiful post Vicki!! I LOVE antique roses too! I dont have any planted though. I need to plant some. I tore everything out last year and started over! I hope to add more every year. You have such pretty gardens, I am looking forward to more pictures :)
Bunny Hugs,
Amy

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Hi Vicki, I love your Easter header on your blog. It is so beautiful, and I love all of your roses, Maureen

daylily777 said...

Hi Vicki,
The roses are beautiful & so is your blog!Thanks for following mine too.
Blessing & Hugs,
~Myrna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a gorgeous post, Vicki! Love the roses! Your Easter header is lovely too. Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

The Tin Rabbit said...

Hi Vicki!!! Your roses are beautiful!!! THank you so much for visiting me...and how fun that you know all about Nacogdoches! Love your blog! Sending Hugs~

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a beautiful post! The roses are stunning and the rose signs are to die for!!!
Debbie

GWENDOLYN said...

Beautiful roses! I can't wait for mine to start blooming... well I have to wait...
Love the green floral sign too.
Blessings!
Gwen

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Vicki!
I love coming over to your blog! It is just so lovely and you have so many pretties to see! I LOVE eye candy! Your Easter Banner is so darling!

Thanks for your sweet visit! Love having you come by for tea!

Have a great week!
Lorena

T's Daily Treasures said...

Lucky you to have such beautiful roses right at your doorstep. Gorgeous. Love all the painted signs. Wishing you beauty and blessings. Have a great day! :) Tammy

sarah louise said...

hi vicki! your roses are just beautiful... they remind me of peonies -- both in their coloring and their size! i can only imagine how wonderful they smell. thanks for sharing a little bit of springtime with us (it'll be a while 'til we get to that point here in iowa!). thanks for taking the time to visit my blog on pink saturday and leaving a comment. hope you're having a good week! (o:

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Thank goodness spring is here! I love your roses. Thanks for the pretty pictures.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and fantastic shot !! This is Great !!Unseen Rajasthan

Debbie Demmers-Lujan said...

Oh, I could use this "sign" of Spring any day!!! Beautiful! Looking for the trees to start with the buds and for my two iron beds in the yard to be filled with flowers and grasses....oh, someday!!! Very wet and muddy and dealing with flooding issues in our part of South Dakota...blessings, deb

koralee said...

Oh my goodness..Roses!!!! I would love to have some of those in my garden. They do look amazing..enjoy! Thank you for visiting me while I was away. xoxox