The Herbarie

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Roses are Blooming!

April Showers bring April Flowers! The Roses are Blooming at Stoney Hill Farm!

Monsieur Tillier blooms beautifully near the warehouse!
Monsieur Tillier is a true Tea rose and a standout in the garden. This shrub is probably 8 feet by 10 feet and is covered in vermillion pink blooms from April until November.




Carefree Beauty - sometimes referred to as Katy Road Pink - is constantly in bloom all season. Carefree Beauty is aptly named since she requires no maintenance and is outstandingly beautiful all season!




Notice the wren house just above on the fence. Mama and Papa wren spent weeks and weeks making the house just right before building their nest. It will be exciting to see the baby birds!



Carefree Beauty stands in my Secret Garden which leads through the pergola to Hummer Haven.

Last year I planted the fragrant Noisette climber, Reve dOr, beside the pergola. Reve dOr - French for "dream of gold" - has already climbed to the top of the pergola in one season and is blooming now.




I am looking forward to seeing the entire pergola covered in gorgeous golden flowers in a year or two.


Last week I distilled the first 2012 Rose Hydrosol! We will be busy distilling for the remainder of April and into May.




Everything is blooming, including my collards as seen here. These beautiful, edible flowers are delicious and nutritious. They can be used in fresh salad or steamed or just munched fresh from the garden.






French Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) grows happily in my garden!



The bees LOVE this plant and I enjoy the scent and flavor too! French Lavender, Lemon Balm, Vervain, and Spearmint with Honey and fresh squeezed Lemon juice make a wonderful, relaxing tea!







This is Joy's Place where she spent much of the winter of 2009-2010. These are her favorite roses, Mrs. BR Cant and Monsieur Tillier. Mrs. BR Cant is in the foreground and the newly pruned with fresh growth Monsieur Tillier is in the background.





On April 3, I saw the first of the Ruby Throated Hummers! I enjoy sharing my garden with these amazing little birds!


Good Wishes to You and More to come as the Roses Continue to Bloom at Stoney Hill Farm!

Angie

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