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"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.."  -Alfred Austin



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Jeff, Gardener in Chief

Contrary to popular opinion, some people in the Hamptons enjoy getting their hands dirty. I'm a self-taught gardener in East Hampton, NY that enjoys sharing my gardening experiences and inspiration with others. Hope you enjoy my blog and galleries.

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Entries in roses (3)


Mystery Rose

Recently, I guided a friend on a tour through my garden and came across the subject of this Wednesday's watercolor.  This rose was in full bloom on my garden shed.  As we stopped to admire, I couldn't remember the plant's proper name.

The blossoms have small, single white petals and gold stamens.  It is a healthy plant and blooms well even without a ton of sun.  It blooms only once in mid-summer, but the leaves stay green thoughout the season.  The fragrance is light.  It has been well-mannered and, after many years, the longest canes are only about 12 feet long.  I think it could be a rambler.  At one time, I thought it was named Mermaid, but have since determined that the blooms of mine are too white and too small.  If you think you might know its name, please share. 

Whatever its name, this mystery plant makes a nice garden rose and a pretty picture. 


A Fall Flush

'Basye's Blueberry'

The cooler weather has reenergized my roses.  Before dormancy, they are reminding me of their beautiful colors and intoxicating scents that filled my garden all summer long. 

I have a passion for roses, but my Hamptons garden has limited sun.  So wherever I can find a little sun, I try to plant at least one rose bush.  This past year, a large tree near the house died and was cut down.  I was sad about losing the tree, but happy to have the new sunny spot to add more roses.

When it comes to choosing rose cultivars, I tend to look for those with less formal blooms.  I feel this allows them to blend better into my natural planting style.  But sometimes I throw in a more formal bloomer if its color or scent seduces my addiction.

With a long winter ahead,  I'm happy for this autumn rose retrospective.  Thanks for the memories!

'Joe Woodard'

'The Mayflower'

'New Dawn' on the backdoor arbor

Beautiful, but unknown, rambler mailed by mistake and now taking over



Nearly Wild


One of my best performing roses is 'Nearly Wild', a single flower rose that starts blooming in late May or early June. It blooms repeatedly into fall. I've even had roses on the shrubs at Halloween. I like the single petal flowers that give it a more natural, wild look. There is no real scent, but 'Nearly Wild' is a very hardy modern shrub rose with few problems so it's a keeper.