Sunday was a rare, sunny day, and time to visit Binghamton, New York's gem of a small (and free!) botanical garden, Cutler Botanical Garden. It's become a Ramblin with AM tradition to visit and blog abut Cutler when the old fashioned roses are in bloom. But this time I decided to do something new and exciting - record their names!
We've had such a soggy spring that we treasure the rare sunny days. Yesterday we were under a flood watch. We lucked out. But if it keeps raining, Cutler is in a flood prone location.
Cutler has some wonderful landscaping, and this gazebo walk is at its best when the roses are in bloom.
Let's start with the damask roses. These are ancient in origin, and have a strong fragrance. I wish I had smell-o-blog so I could bring these fragrances to you. This white gem is Mme. Hardy, bred in 1832.
York and Lancaster damask rose - this dates from the 1400's, and was a symbol of the end of the English "War of the Roses" between the Houses of Lancaster (red rose) and York (white rose). (I invite you to read the story of its origin - how much is legend, and how much is truth?)
Gallica. This variety, 'Cardinal de Richelieu', dates from 1840.
You could spend a lifetime studying roses. It's been a long time since I've grown roses - I just had too much
trouble trying to do it organically, especially when the Japanese
Beetles strike. I also don't have too many areas in full sun. I'm glad that someone can grow them it for me.
Kudos, once again, to the master gardeners of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service, who maintain Cutler Botanical Gardens.
Tomorrow is the 15th of the month and is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, so I will not have my normal Sustainable Saturday post. Sustainable Saturday will return next Saturday.