Post image for NEWS: Taking an indefinite blogging break

Folks, it’s time for me to take a break from blogging. This is not a veiled attempt to fish for compliments, I genuinely need to take a step back and reevaluate. I’ve poured my heart and soul into this blog and while I never set out for it to become a big thing with lots of followers, after over 3 years of a solid commitment to writing and beautiful photography, with over 400 posts–over 100 of those on specific roses–I wonder why I am still only engaging with 2 or 3 people. Oh! There are more of you! The other day, it sort of hit me, “Why am I even bothering with this?”

{EDIT: Silly me. I didn’t realize there were so many more of you enjoying these posts–thank you for your kind comments and emails. I think sometimes we make excuses why we need to take a break from a personal creative endeavor, when in actuality you don’t need “permission” or an excuse. I am thoroughly enjoying the time off and will have some pretty new posts to share when I return.}

While I’m pondering these ideas… 

◆ My HedgerowRose.com shop will remain updated and current because I will continue working in the studio. ALL NEW ITEMS WILL CONTINUE TO BE POSTED TO THE SHOP. Just like this new ring!

◆ This space will undergo some layout changes. I have been made aware that readers bouncing in off Pinterest are not finding the answers to their questions (i.e. a specific post I wrote that would help them) so I want to reconsider how I have content displayed and perhaps find a better way for newcomers to quickly access it.

◆ I will still be here to talk to all of you, answer questions, etc. As we head into the best time of year, you can follow me on Instagram to get updates on our garden as well as first peeks/first dibs at any new jewelry I have created.

For those of you who have stuck around and been so kind, please know I appreciate you more than I could say. If you have any suggestions of things you’d like to see more of for when I return to blogging let me know! Until then, happy gardening!


~Laurie

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Post image for Growing Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’

If you grow roses, at some point you are going to have your heart broken. It’s an inevitability. I know I certainly have–a bunch of times. I think the key to minimizing the heartache, is making the proper choices in the first place. Oh, if I could go back in time and tell myself not to waste my time/money on so many of the roses that I chose to add to our garden. You know how I keep records? It’s embarrassing the stack of pages I have for the roses that didn’t cut the mustard.

Rosa rugosa 'Alba' via Hedgerow Rose 3So let me offer some hard-earned advice on a rose you should be growing if you want one that’s just going to do it’s thing and look beautiful with very minimal effort on your part. (That is, unless, you aren’t OK with a rose suckering because R. rugosa ‘Alba’ does indeed like to spread. We have ours planted in the back of a border where it will be allowed to run a bit wild so the suckering doesn’t bother me.)

Rosa rugosa 'Alba' via Hedgerow RoseAs you would expect from a Rugosa rose, R. rugosa ‘Alba’ is very, very cold hardy. Down to zone 2b as a matter of fact. So get in on this one, Winterfell Gardeners! Also typical of a Rugosa, she doesn’t like to be sprayed–but this rose is so healthy you wouldn’t need to worry about that anyways. Don’t deadhead ‘Alba’, because I have read she produces great-big-glorious hips. I wish I could confirm that but she never produced any lasting ones for me. I wonder if ours is too young? It’s a head scratcher.

Rosa rugosa 'Alba' via Hedgerow Rose 2But look at those flowers! Starting as pale pink buds, they open to large, blousy petals in the purest of whites, with crowns of stamens at the center a veritable feast for the bees. ‘Alba’ also repeated later in the summer, growing tall and wide in a shadier section of our garden (nearby ‘Félicité Parmentier’) giving me hope during a really rough summer for our roses. Nope, this is a rose that would never break your heart. More HERE.

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Artemis Ring via Hedgerow Rose - 3Tea Rose EarringsTwo new pieces recently added to the shop: an Artemis Ring and Tea Rose Earrings

(Click on the links to learn more!)

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Post image for Daffodil 100 Collection and Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus

A collection of daffodils via Hedgerow Rose - 7 A collection of daffodils via Hedgerow Rose - 11 A collection of daffodils via Hedgerow Rose - 12Daffodil, Narcissus, whatever you choose to call them, they’re reigning supreme this time of year. (Technically, all daffs belong to the Narcissus genus. In our home, we call them “Dillies” because we’re cute like that.) We have a small drift of the Daffodil 100 Collection™ from Colorblends, which provide reliable color for the entire season (recommend!), but it’s the Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus growing in clumps by our front door which have stolen my heart. I love the wild look to them. Do you have Daffodils blooming in your garden? Which ones do you love most?

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