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Re: Cemetery Roses

Post by Alee on 18th October 2009, 16:59

Rosemeadow and Wedge, you're welcome. It was a pleasure. I also love to meet the rosarians on this forum. Wedge, make the most of your meeting with Roseman, Rosemeadow, Ozeboy and the rest. I hope someday I'll be able to go Australia and meet you folks.

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Post by wedge on 18th October 2009, 18:37

Hi Rosemeadow. Well, here i am back again with photos as promised. I have a lot planned here for next year, so when i get back from my trip down to see you guys, i'll have to get really busy up here. Ok, i'll start with photo #1. This is our front yard (we have 2 front yards as we are a corner block. The shrub you can see in the middle of the yard is an ixora and it's coming out to make way for a triangular garden that will fit nicely into most of this area with room to walk around all sides.

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Photo #2 is a shot taken to the right of photo #1. You can see the edge of a small clump of palms and my new roses behind. I have placed temporary screens around 2 of the climbers due to the strong winds we are having here at the moment. The rest of the shrubs in that garden are going too and more roses planted in their place.

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In photo #3 you can see our other front yard. The grass is "Sir Walter". The garden you can see along the front of the house contains an ixora and several hibiscus. The ixora is going and the hibiscus' are being transpanted to the other side of the house. There is also a Sheena's Gold shrub in there and it's going too. They're cows of things as they have very small prickles on the stems that break off in your skin and quickly get infected. I have a hedge 60mtrs long made from these !! You can also see the lattice in the background where i hope to plant 2 more climbers. I'm widening the garden to accomodate more roses.

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Photo #4 is a photo showing a garden at the other end of the front yard (photo #3) You can see the pots with our minatures that we have had for some time. They are as hardy as old boots and flower their little heads off for most of the year. The palms behind them are hopefully going (i hate them !!) and more roses are to be planted.

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In photo #5 you can see our back yard ...or what's left of it !! I had a bobcat in to shift a 5000 gal. water tank which we gave to our son for his farm and then i built a 3 bay shed. As soon as i get back from my trip, i'm building an awning along the front of the shed and a carport where the car is parked in the photo. I would have it built by now but the steel company i bought the steel off went broke the day after i paid for the steel ($1000) and i had to save up for it again. After i have built it, there will be steel mesh along the 2 sides of the awning/carport where i'm hoping to grow several climbers.

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Photo #6 shows the rest of the backyard where i'm open to suggestions. More roses do you think ?? Lol. The bobcat made quite a mess but i'm hope to transplant the grass that i will remove when making the triangular garden at the other end of the yard. As you can see by the grass in my neighbours yard, it's quite dry up here. I water the Sir Walter and fertilise it regularly to keep it thriving.

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Photo #7 show's our front gate where i'm hoping to make an archway and grow 2 climbers over it. All areas i have shown are reasonably sheltered from the wind except the northern side that gets a bit this time of the year, hence the temporary screens. All garden recieve at least 5hrs plus of sunshine per day.

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Post by wedge on 18th October 2009, 18:40

Alee wrote:Rosemeadow and Wedge, you're welcome. It was a pleasure. I also love to meet the rosarians on this forum. Wedge, make the most of your meeting with Roseman, Rosemeadow, Ozeboy and the rest. I hope someday I'll be able to go Australia and meet you folks.

Alee, the door is always open here !! Any time my friend...any time !!
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Post by orchid40 on 18th October 2009, 19:08

Dave, your garden looks great, plenty of scope for roses! Your lawn is wonderfully green isn't it? You must look after it really well. All your plans sound excellent for your future rosebeds and an archway over the front gate will look fantastic!

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Post by wedge on 21st October 2009, 14:44

After having read this topic on Cemetry roses, i decided to detour a little on the way back from my son's farm today. I visited a little cemetry just outside the small township of Mirani in the Pioneer Valley west of Mackay and is about 10km from my home. I thoroughly searched the cemetry but to no avail. Instead, i started reading the many old headstones which gave a positive insight into the early days of the early pioneering families who ventured this far north to try their hand at farming etc. I may not have found my elusive rose but came away feeling the better for my visit.
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Post by rosemeadow on 22nd October 2009, 01:17

Wedge, I was going to suggest you visit Rookwood Cemetry if you had enough time while you are staying with your friend. Now I am definitely suggesting you go. I will post some photos here of what I saw the other day. It took a few cemetrys before I found a rose.
Everyone, last Friday I was very excited when I found my third rose which is planted on the grave of a Reverend that died in 1895. The rose is completely thornless and the canes are slender but it is very healthy and attractive looking. It is quite shady in the area. A red colour was peeking through one of the buds. I can't wait to see it's bloom. Here are some photos of it.

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Post by rosemeadow on 22nd October 2009, 01:27

I have some close ups of my second found rose too.

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Post by Bemo on 22nd October 2009, 02:00

that's exciting, 'can't await your 1st pics from the flowers bounce

as we have an old graveyard here too, I might check it. cyclops


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Post by rosemeadow on 22nd October 2009, 02:57

Hi Bemo ! There should be some blooms to photograph soon. There was also this rambler at another cemetry

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Also another rambler or two at yet another. And a very thorny ugly one that was lucky to have survived in a very crowded cemetry and might have been sprayred with poison in the past. I didn't get photos of these but will keep my eye on them.
Goodluck with your rose hunting for viewing your next Spring.

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Post by rosemeadow on 22nd October 2009, 03:10

Here are my photos from Rookwood Cemetry.

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Post by rosemeadow on 22nd October 2009, 03:20

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Post by rosemeadow on 22nd October 2009, 03:46

And the last of them as I ran out of time to look any more.

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I don't know what the 3rd and 2nd last rose is, but I have a bit of a idea what the others are. The smaller bush of cream and pink roses might be the same as the cream buds I took early on a much bigger bush. But nearly all its blooms were marked, which was a shame as it is a beautiful rose. Then again the smaller bush one had unsploilt blooms so maybe it is a different rose.
I will have to see about going on the rose tour of the cemetry. Then next year going earlier too to catch the roses blooms in their prime.

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Post by rosemeadow on 22nd October 2009, 14:14

Simon, I should have put this post on the Heritage rose forum. Would it be too hard to move it there ?

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Post by Admin on 22nd October 2009, 20:47

Nope... I'll do it now Smile

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Post by rosemeadow on 22nd October 2009, 22:28

Thankyou, Simon.

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Post by Bemo on 23rd October 2009, 03:31

aaahhhh....., splendid ! , the people from the heritage site will be smitten Shocked Shocked Shocked

I assume some cuttings have found the way into your bag Innocent

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Post by rosemeadow on 23rd October 2009, 19:38

No cuttings Bemo, I was warned you weren't allowed to take cuttings from Rookwood. Anywayy I have enogh new grafted roses to look after. The other roses I have been looking at in the little cemetries I will take a little budwood if there roses are very pretty and Bruce is going to bud them for me. I saw them again today and the the buds ard starting to look very pretty light pink and a darker pink. The man that lives in the house next to one of the cementries said that the rose has been there for forty years, as long as he has, and that is a little pink rose. The first rose I showed up above, and has a light pink bud now and even now has a fragrance.

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Post by Dave on 27th October 2009, 06:47

Great pics Karen! Rookwood is another rosey place I have to see - preferably before I die lol. The heritage rose people look after Rookwood and sell roses from there every year. It will be exciting to see what your other cemetery roses turn out to be.

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Post by Guest on 28th October 2009, 09:54

bootiful roses, and great history as well Very Happy

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Post by rosemeadow on 30th October 2009, 21:17

Thanks for your great comments Dave and The Estate, I am glad you enjoyed the photos. Very funny too, Dave.

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Post by Carole on 31st October 2009, 22:55

Great Pictures Karen, and there sure are some lovely roses there love
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Post by rosemeadow on 1st November 2009, 10:19

Thanks Carole. Yes, its a great place for roses.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 1st November 2009, 18:11

It must be the organic matter that helps them do so well Hide Wave
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Post by Bemo on 1st November 2009, 21:39

someone mentioned, sometime ago, that it is an old english tradition to plant the roses over a death horse What a Face Dunno if the story is true.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 2nd November 2009, 06:28

I have not heard of that method, but I know some people that place a whole dead fish in the ground and cover it and plant on the top. Another method in vegetable growing is to get seaweed and do the same. scratch
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