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Member rose garden Listing last updated on 23 Mar 2018.
I've been growing roses for many years and I particular like the old, smelling roses.
I live in a little old farmhouse, out in open countryland, at the Belgium border. Quite windy here as my land is flat, like a cooky on a tray. The soil here is heavy clay, muddy in winter, hard as a rock in summer. At one point I had about 200 different roses in my garden, which is big, too big actually to get it all under control, but I don't care. Unfortunately, I lost (and forgot) quite a few names of the roses, during the years. I hope to find some of them back on this beautiful website.
I never spray my roses and eventually some have disappeared and the strong ones survived.
I just let them seek their own way and I never cut them short in Spring, I just cut the branches where I don't want them. I've learned that from the owner of a huge rose garden in Oostvoorne (The Netherlands), who has 450 different roses. He said: 'If you cut them short each year, you cut all the flowers away'. And he was right.
I have one rose growing in an old apple tree, I think it's the Felicité Perpétué, who has been spreading herself over the big crown and showing her waterfall of little white roses in early summer each year.
As I'm an amateur photographer too, as well as a poet, I've taken many photos of my roses and used them in little poems. You may find my photos here http://www.pbase.com/lookheretitia
I'll try and get my roses listed here as well as my photos.
One day I read in some magazine the story of a lady, living not far from me, in Breskens near the sea, that she had a rose bush in her garden which was known to be at least 90 years old, growing on it's own root. I looked her up and it was indeed a darling little white, multi petalled rose, about a meter high, with light green leaves. I managed to occulate it and now it's growing in my own garden. Never found out it's name though.
Titia Geertman, Waterlandkerkje, The Netherlands