Heirloom Roses: show offs and more show offs, The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Gardening 365 – Day 167

All this rain and coolish weather has actually helped one garden in Boise – The Oppenheimer Heirloom Rose Garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Oh it was a gorgeous, headily fragrant sight this morning. Here’s rosa Veilchenblau, and while technically not an heirloom rose, she dates to 1909, and goes by the name “the Blue Rose.” Why? No idea. I guess its as close to blue as they got in 1909. Its actually violet with white streaks radiating out from the center. A rambler, it looks particularly fetching trained on this old wooden fence.

The rose garden is a collection of old and antique roses, including the Chinas, hybrid perpetuals, moss roses, albas, etc. The underplantings of lavender, snow-in-summer, veronica and hardy geraniums are frothy and gorgeous and hide the spindly knees of the rose bushes. Check it out!

For your television viewing pleasure, check out the Fabulous Beekman Boys, of Beekman 1802, on Planet Green TV. Two city slickers go goat farming. The book, The Bucolic Plague, is a fun quick read. These guys had big time city jobs, moxie, and with hard work, vision, and more than a little chutzpah, took to farming like… well.. see for yourself here.

And I hate like hell to admit it, but they have an awesome website too: www.beekman1802.com.