Sunday, April 10, 2011

THE FIRST ROSE... and more of the front garden

Hello everyone!  I hope you're all doing well.  I just wanted to share some pictures of the "first" rose
blooming in our garden this Spring.  That means the rest are soon to bloom, and I can't wait!  They're
absolutely my favorite plant in the garden... at least so far. :-)

Some day in the future these flower beds will be lush and full of beautiful plants, and there will be an
arbor with roses growing over it as an entrance into the front garden that leads to the front door of our
home.  We focused on getting the last of the Viburnum hedge fence planted across the front of the 
garden this year.  We're still working on getting all of the 32 bushes planted... getting close now.


A lot of you will remember the French Lace roses from our garden.  I shared them on my
blog often last year, both inside my home and in the garden.

Below, a view from the front porch looking out into the garden.



This Pink Jasmine is going to smell so heavenly when it's in full bloom.... mmm...
can't wait!

These pictures were taken this morning.  It's a BEAUTIFUL spring day... around 70 degrees.  My mom
and her husband are coming over to enjoy some BBQ this evening.  I just love this time of year. :-)

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend, too! !

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)

ADDENDUM:  Thank you for your lovely comments!!  Here are a few rose care tips -- After I prune
the roses in late winter, my husband pours some rose food pellets at the base of each rose bush/vine.
Once the roses start sprouting new growth, we spray the roses with pesticide/fungicide to prevent bug
infestation (including Japanese beatles) and mold/mildew from appearing on the leaves.  We continue
these steps every 2-3 months throughout the growing season.


  1. Piękna wiosna u Ciebie:-) I Śliczny masz ogród! Pozdrawiam

  2. The rose is so pretty and delicate. Your plans for your garden sound wonderful, and will look wonderful. I love arbors, particularly with roses.


  3. the view of the countryside is just gorgeous.
    Looks like a movie scene.
    What a view to have everyday, lucky you!
    Enjoy your evening, it sounds wonderful

  4. Just beautiful Jo!! ;) Hugs, Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

  5. Too bad we don't have smell-a-vision....

  6. Beautiful...a long time coming for us..June!

    I do Love the French Lace rose too...Beautiful garden...

  7. Jo,
    Just simply beautiful. I just put pansies out here today. It is still cold 30's at night. I love viewing your beautiful gardens. I am so happy to see you continue to post. I love your blog so much.

  8. Hi Jo,
    It's so beautiful!! I definitely miss my house in Central California, especially my gardens! The countryside is so stunning there!
    Have a lovely night.

  9. What a beautiful view and the plants look so healthy and well cared for and loved. We have Jasmine and every year I look forward to its
    wonderful fragrance.

  10. Your roses are just gorgeous, Jo, and I love the pretty view you have! Those mountains!! Your garden is going to look spectacular this summer!


  11. Hi Jo,
    You sound so cheerful talking about your freshly blooming garden. How beautiful that first rose flower is! Hope you are enjoying the BBQ and relaxing. :)
    Take care,

  12. So beautiful...can't wait for mine to bloom!!

  13. What a beautiful garden and yes there is nothing like the first spring bloom of roses to make the heart sing! Your landscaping is stunning!

  14. Beautiful. I'd love to grow roses but so far, have been unsuccessful given our heavy clay soil. I did have a beautiful, potted topiary rose tree but it didn't survive the winter indoors. For now, I'll just have to enjoy your beauty! It's still so cold here in NY.

  15. Jo, this is exquisite. I wish I had a bed of lavender such as yours. Thanks for sharing all this beauty. ~ Sarah

  16. What a wide garden to fill you have!
    The French rose is magnificent: could you tell me the name? Thanks a lot
    Have a good day

  17. What a beautiful rose!
    And I must say that the lavender that you have so many of are just gorgeous. (Hope I spelt that right)
    Lavender like that are for us her in Norway a beauty that won`t survive outside in the winther month`s we have here. I tried once, but it died.

    Enjoy !

  18. Dear Jo,

    this is the best time of the year !!!!!!!
    Your rose ( the first one in the year is really something special!!! ) looks so nice, love this colour !!! All your garden is sooo beautiful !!!

    Have a great time outside,
    best wishes,

  19. Hello Jo ......your garden looks so so nice!!..enjoy this beautiful day....hmmmmmm a bbq ??? how late???? love love

  20. Jo - you live in a beautiful part of the world - that lavender bed is exquisite! One of your newer followers. Em xxx

  21. Jo it looks perfect! Love the rose season too. I am still over two months away. But what I wonder is how do you prevent weeds from coming though the pebbles? I have a crushed gravel walk and I am fighting the weeds all the time! You have a huge expanse of it...any tricks?

  22. Your garden is just gorgeous. I wish I could smell the fragrance from all the blooming plants. Thank you for sharing your lovely garden. I love your blog so much.

  23. You have a gorgeous garden, and I love the first rose. Something special about the first, isn't it :) What beautiful photos. The lavender is still my favorite, and I think I smell it from here. I finally found some to plant, so we will see...
    Becky C

  24. i was disappointed to read that you were stopping blogging because i had just found you and enjoyed your blog very much. however, i kept it on my bookmark list of favorites so i could go back over old posts. i hadn't checked it since your quitting post, so i'm so glad i decided to check it out today and find that you decided to continue. your beautiful photography and posts on garden and home are what drew me in the first place, so i'm perfectly fine with your new outlook. welcome back!

  25. YAY! The first rose! It's wonderful, and your house and your garden are amazing. I love all your roses. And ya'll planted 32 bushes!!! Now THAT's alot of work!


  26. Beautiful Roses!! I like your pictures.

  27. Your garden is so beautiful Jo! Are all of those purple floweres lavender? I love how you've planted them in such a large mass. Gosh, that's pretty. Love that first rose too. I only have some climbing roses and they haven't been doing too well. You might have to give me some tips :)


  28. Hi Jo,
    Your roses are lovely, as is the rest of your garden.
    You live in a really pretty area. It's nearly as warm here today as it is there. It is actually 69.4 degrees Fahrenheit outside right now! Spring has sprung, only we don't have any flowers to show for it yet. Soon, hopefully. My day lilies and tulips were up about 2 inches this morning, very exciting! My favorite thing to blossom is probably my apple and crab-apple tree.

  29. I think once things fully bloom you should definitely submit some photos to a gardening magazine! You have such a big and beautiful garden and I can sense from your posts you hold a lot of passion, devotion and joy for it. :) Hoorray for your blooming roses; they are so pretty! I was just outside taking a peek around at thing and my grape hyacinths are getting ready to pop!

  30. Oh my gosh...I want some lavender...your soooooooooo lucky!!! Stunning garden shots! x0x0x

  31. Congratulations on your first rose bloom, it is beautiful. Your garden looks lovely, I like the paths and the lavender and the views...

  32. I've just been looking over the last two posts and enjoying your garden view so much!! It's so beautiful there Jo. It's so inspiring to see all that you've accomplished. I'm so glad you're getting to spend time planting and enjoying it. My garden is small, but I really feel there aren't too many places I'd rather be. Just being outside planting, watering and growing are so relaxing to me.
    Enjoy this beautiful weather :-)

  33. Bonjour Jo ! All these flowers are beautiful. I can smell their perfume from France !

  34. WOW! So wonderful. Spring is well on the way for you. Here it have just started. I wish I could have Jasminum here but they are not hardy enough.

  35. Your garden is just beautiful & inspirational! I wonder does the west coast get infested by the japanese beatle? I'm thinking not as your roses are so lovely. Here on the east coast of Ny (central ny) the beatles cover and devour all the gorgeous buds leaving a hideous site so we don't bother planting them. If you have any tips on getting rid of these monsters I'd love to hear :)

  36. Jo...I am sooooo in love with your stone lined gravel paths. Some days soon...could you talk about them a little more in detail?

    As usual, all of your roses are to die for beautiful!!

  37. Jo, your garden already looks so healthy and beautiful. My garden is a bit slower this year but I have had a couple of small roses. How have your peonies been doing? I am always so happy to visit your blog...your photos are always so beautiful and your surroundings so peaceful. I am also so happy for you that you have more time in your own life. It is always a pleasure to visit you.

  38. Hi Jo. Looks like you have wonderful sun for your roses. So lucky! And love the view into the hills. Trish

  39. Oh, I just love your garden, Jo!! It is so beautiful! I love your roses!! It's going to be awhile before ours open up. They are actually just starting to wake up. I can't wait until they are blooming and I can have fresh cut roses from my garden all over my house again!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  40. Jo,I read your How Do You Mend a Broken Heart this morning. I have tried to contact you, and finally found this "Post a Comment". I have worked at SVDH for 25 years and live in Porterville. You asked for information regarding jobs. Please feel free to contact me @ I would love to hear from you. I enjoy your blog spot. We have a lot in common. I was married 28 years when I divorced. Charlotte

  41. Hallo!!!
    >Wow...wie schön bei der ist!!!!
    Ich hoffe dass bei uns wird auch bald so schön und bunt!!!!

    Wow....jak pieknie jest u Ciebie!!!!
    Ja mam nadzieje,ze i u nas juz niedlugo zrobi sie tak pieknie i kolorowo!


  42. Hi, I just wanted to relay to you just how WONDERFUL I think your blog is! I just recently started up my blog after years of being badgered about doing so, over and over again, and it has been quite rewarding so far! I have to admit, I love everything about your blog; it's whimsicle, beautiful (garden), you have fantastic photo taking skills (that's hard to come by, myself being a photographer) and I, too, have a love affair with all things ROSES!

    I wanted to ask you if I could pin a picture of yours on Pinterest, of course I tag a link to your blog, so my pinners can come directly to your blog and check it out. I'm not 'stealing' the photo for my own personal use, that's what I'm clarifying here; I'm much to courteous and ethically correct for that madness. I wanted to pin your picture of the lavender in your garden, and post your blog link with it, because I want to do a circular pattern of lavender in my garden around a single focal point. If you would please give me the green light, that would be great!

    Wishing You and Yours a warm and wonderful Spring! Cheers! Ashley

  43. I love the pink jasmines all over your garden. The first rose is always the most pretty. That's because it's the first rose to grow in your garden.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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  71. Jo! How are you? I hope you've been well! I've missed your posts so much! Well, I've finally planted some roses around our fixer upper home and wanted to ask you what kind/brand of rose food pellets do you use? Also, the brand/kind of fungicide/pesticide do you use? Thank you so much in advance! I still go to your page often and look at all the garden inspiration! Wishing you well my friend!


  72. beautiful roses where can you purchase them? would love to buy some since I am at this moment redoing my rose beds. Had to start over because red rust keeps attacking. I just finally decided to rip it all out and replant. Can you tell me where to purchase these and any others you like that you know the names of. Thanks


Your comments are always welcome and appreciated. I love to hear what you have to say. Thanks! :) Jo