{not quite wordless} My Rose Garden #WW

I love roses. There are so many different colors and varieties and I love walking out my front door and smelling the sweet scent of rose petals. Love it. I’m not sure how I ended up with so many pink roses. Each one is special to me. Here are the roses I currently have in  my gardens.

puffy pink roses

pink seven sisters roses

seven sisters rosebush

These three photos are of my Seven Sisters Rose Bushes lining the side of the garage. On a summer day 13 years ago, I rode with my Dad down a country back road to a spot where there used to be a house. His childhood home. Nothing remained but a weed filled field, a few trees and these rose bushes planted so long ago. We dug up just a few and I have grown them in my gardens ever since. They are horribly fickle and prone to just about every rose disease you can imagine. But when they do manage to bloom, they are breathtaking. The big puffy pink roses look like crumple tissue paper. The sweet perfumey scent takes you back to the old days. They are my favorite roses.

pink shrub rose

shrub rose bud

By my front steps there is a large shrub rosebush. I bought this bush from ebay more than 10 years ago, it came as a tiny little stick and I thought it would die, its sister bush did. This one however has survived being planted in a chicken yard and being moved. It is giant. I love the large 5 petaled blossoms that are a deep hot pink. It’s a prolific bloomer and will keep on going from frost in the spring to frost in the fall. In the winter, the large orange rose hips make the bare stems quite attractive to look at. The bumblebees love this huge bush almost as much as I do.

pink fairy rosebush

fairy roses

My adorable little pink fairy rose bush has been struggling along for almost as long as the shrub rose. I think I ordered this rose through a seed catalog?  These miniature blooms are tiny, you have to get up close to see how delicate and beautiful they truly are. I love how some of the petals look like they’ve been painted and swirled with watercolors. I can almost imagine a tiny fairy popping her head out of the rose int hat second photo!

climbing rose bush 2005

red roses dog photobomb

On a birthday long ago, my Dad gifted me a bargain rosebush. The package had no label but Dad told me that it was an orange tea rose. I planted it underneath my dining room window and waited for it to grow. Over the years that we lived at our old home, that rose grew and grew and grew. It was no orange tea rose that’s for sure! It was bright reddish pink climbing rose. The first photo is from 2005 when my rose was merrily climbing up and over the side of the house. 

When we moved six years ago, I couldn’t bear to leave my rose behind. Dad had passed away and I wanted his “orange” rose with me! I’m glad I have a photo of the rose when it was most beautiful. These days, it’s just a  small bush rose. I had to laugh at the second photo since Ginger seems to be doing her business in the background, lol! Thanks a lot Ginger!

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Henrietta Newman is a tech loving, video game playing, backyard chicken raising, dirt road living, pr friendly mom/gramma blogger who talks about life with a teen daughter, an adult son, a toddler granddaughter, a construction worker soulmate and all that it entails. Subscribe to A Hen's Nest for giveaways, delicious family recipes, reviews and more!


  1. 1

    Great photos!

    I do have to laugh, I think you got photo-bombed in the last pic!
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  2. 4

    They are beautiful! I love pink roses. I wish I could grow them myself!
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    I love the soft pink color of the first flower!
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    I agree, I think there is someone relieving themselves in the last one!! hehehe!! But I, too, LOVE roses! You seem to do a good job at keeping them alive!! Great photos of them!
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  5. 7

    Those are so beautiful! I’d love to have roses some day.
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  6. 8

    This makes me think of my mom. She has always grown roses too. I can almost smell them!
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  7. 9

    So pretty!
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  8. 10

    Oh my gosh how gorgeous! I bought my first rose bush last year, it grew one beautiful rose and then died over the winter. :( But there’s always another year to try again! :)
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  9. 12

    Your roses are beautiful!
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  10. 13

    Gorgeous flowers. My parents had a really large rosebush in their yard growing up, but it was never that pretty.
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  11. 14

    those are lovely!! I really wish I had a rosebush. Soon as I have time to tend to one, I am going to get one :)
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  12. 15

    such lovely lovely shots! :)
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  13. 16

    Those are so pretty. My mom always has beautiful flowers too.
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  14. 17

    I like roses too, but I love irises, tulips, peonies, hydrangea. too many to list!
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    I love the photos and the not-so-wordless story. Especially about digging up the rose from your dad’s old home place. That is so special. And the “orange” rose will always bring you good memories. Tell Ginger HI!
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    I noticed your dog doing that too! I started laughing! You really do have the most wonderful collection of roses there. Gorgeous!
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  17. 21

    They look lovely, I need to plant some roses.
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    I love roses! Thank you for sharing such a heartwarming story of your dad and the ‘orange’ roses ;sniff;
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  19. 23

    These are so pretty! I admire your green thumb – roses scare me. I just don’t know if I have the skills to keep them alive!
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  20. 24

    I have a black thumb so am super jealous of your roses. That 3rd one down is my favorite.
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    We have a white rose bush here. The boys picked one to bring in for me, that was cute but hopefully it doesn’t kill the plant. I noticed the couple rose bushes here are really struggling this year and only have a few flowers, not sure is that normal? LOVE the colors you have. We have one white and one yellow rose bush it appears (they are my moms)
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  22. 26

    Those are amazing! Beautiful.
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  23. 27

    Wow, absolutely gorgeous! The first flower up there looks so delicate!

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