About Hedgerow Rose

Hedgerow Rose

Welcome to Hedgerow Rose

Hedgerow Rose began in 2010 and since then has evolved quite a bit. It began when I realized that my (now long gone) personal blog, which was supposed to be documenting the behind-the-scenes of my jewelry business, was becoming more and more about my garden. I needed a dedicated place to put my flowers; a virtual garden, if you will.

Lion and Unicorn Emerald Ring via Hedgerow Rose

The Hedgerow Rose blog now has close to 500 original posts, the majority of which focus on roses. My jewelry shop, which was once being housed in two separate places: Etsy and Big Cartel, is now only here and under the Hedgerow Rose umbrella. If you’d like to learn more about this space, read on, but if you’re simply here for the roses, be sure to check out my ROSES 101 page to help you get started.

erinnerung au brod roses with vintage filter

History of the garden…

From summer of 2010 to spring of 2015, my husband, daughter and I were living in State College, PA, zone 6, and all the posts from that time frame will reflect that former garden. We were renters. I grew tons of roses in containers. We spent more money than we should have making that garden amazing. And yes, sadly, most of the plants were left behind. In April of 2015, we relocated to western North Carolina, zone 7 and bought our own home. Our new house and garden need a lot of work and although I don’t have as much time for blogging as I once did, I will continue to share our progress in hopes that it will help anyone else out there struggling to start a new garden from scratch. It’s not easy but it’s very rewarding. Please note that while the majority of my posts are garden related, I will also occasionally share news about our 1935 cottage we’re renovating, personal essays, crafts I’m working on and jewelry shop news.

eglantine 2

Why Hedgerow Rose?

Why did I choose the name, “Hedgerow Rose?” Because I am particularly fond of species type and roses that have run wild. The rose in the hedgerow is the one that grows in spite of being forgotten or neglected, blooms without constraints, provides pollen for bees, hips and cover for birds and is a safe haven for animals. It’s perfect in it’s simple beauty. It endures and thrives. It’s the backdrop of fairy tales and true romance.

I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.

~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II Scene II

Mme Calvat May 2016

Thank you for your support!

Hedgerow Rose is a labor of love. I put a lot of time and creative energy into this space because I appreciate the opportunity to share what I’ve learned and connect with others who also love roses, organic gardening, living simply and creating things of beauty by hand. You’ll notice that this site is ad-free and I hope to keep it that way. When you purchase from my shop, you’re not only supporting handmade, but contributing to the upkeep of this space. Hooray!

It’s my hope that when you visit Hedgerow Rose you find some inspiration to take away with you. Thank you so much for being here!


PS: To learn more about the gardener, artist and writer behind
Hedgerow Rose (that’s me!) please visit this page.


30 thoughts on “About Hedgerow Rose

  1. Hi, I love your blog..and your pictures, and I love roses too! My own Comte de Chambord is unhappy where it is. I had to move it over a year ago, I obviously didn’t prepare the soil well enough. Would you suggest taking it out, adding compost & good stuff to the hole, and re-planting it? Or adding a mulch and feeding it? Or some rose tonic to give it a boost? and when would be a good time please? I’m in UK on the south coast of England, where it gets plenty of sun!

    1. Hi Genia! Thank you so much for your kind comment. So glad you like this little blog! 🙂 I have to tell you, you live in my dream location. I would love to live on the south coast of England. So lucky! OK, so let’s get down to business…Comte de Chambord. I actually no longer grow that rose, and you can read more about that decision here if you’re interested. But from my experience, this is a rose that does not like to be disturbed (that includes not pruning/deadheading) while it is getting established. So I wouldn’t recommend lifting it from it’s growing space unless you are finding that the soil isn’t draining well in which case, yes. What I do suggest, however, is conducting a soil test to see if there is anything that’s missing, nutrient wise, and/or if you need to adjust the pH level. Finally, and this is true for all my roses, I like to topdress them with some really good compost in the fall and spring and I also water them weekly with a compost tea during the warm growing/blooming months. In the end, you may find, like I did, that ‘Comte de Chambord’ is just not vigorous enough. (I’ll be replacing mine with the hybrid rugosa ‘Roseraie de l’Haÿ’ which is highly scented and much hardier.) Best of luck to you!

  2. Hullo there!

    I just found your website the other day while reading about ‘Reine des Violettes’ and other gorgeous old roses. Your flowers are so beautiful! I’m glad to have found such a friendly site about roses, and a fellow gardener who appreciates zinnias. 🙂

  3. What a marvelous job you have done with the descriptions and the beautiful photos of the
    roses. My love is for the old roses and I’ve
    been an organic gardener for 30 years so am
    delighted to find your website!

  4. Hello there, first of all congratulations for sucha lovely website! and secondly, I absolutely love the way you have put up all the information on your website, I am a pro photographer and a rosarian myself and I love the combination of amazing photos and that too of roses.

    I have bookmarked this, will visit daily for more..

    Lots of best wishes
    from Saurabh Singh (sau)

    1. Hello Saurabh Singh, and welcome! How very kind of you to take the time to drop by and comment and I am honored you are enjoying the photos. It’s so nice to meet other rosarians from around the world! 😀

  5. What a beautiful site. Bookmarked! I haven’t dared to go down the Pinterest rose rabbit hole yet, maybe this weekend. 😉

    I was wondering, with your expertise, what you’d recommend if I was looking for a hardy climber for zone 5? I love the Austins (Teasing Georgia, Munstead Row, Jude the Obscure) but a lot of them look like they won’t flourish enough to train as true climbers. I fell in love with Eden but then found it had no scent (*cries*). I love strongly colored roses but also those with a multicolor blush (like Eden). Any suggestions? I was going to put one on each side of an arbor.

    Again, amazing site. I’m just going to stare at all your lovely photographs and pretend it’s my garden.

    1. Hi Nora! Thank you and welcome! 🙂
      Hmmm, finding climbers that are cold-hardy, disease resistant and fragrant can be a challenge but there are definitely options. If you like David Austin roses, have you considered Constance Spry? She’s not a repeat-bloomer but is quite beautiful and hardy to your zone. Another rose with romantic qualities in a shade of blush pink is Souvenir de la Malmaison (the climbing version) which will bloom in flushes throughout the season. A rose that gets good reviews (but I have never grown) is Compassion, which you can purchase from the David Austin site (although not a DA) and blooms in the prettiest shades of salmon-pink. You might also like to consider my favorite climber these days, ‘Cornelia’ which flowers in shades of pink and apricot and has a nice scent. These are just a few off the top of my head that would match your criteria but of course there are so many others to try! When I’m shopping for roses, I always cross-reference on HMF to check the hardiness zone and see what other gardeners are saying about it before I buy. Good luck!

      1. Thanks so much for the recommendations! Lots to consider. Cornelia and Compassion would look nice together on an arbor. I wish I knew how the Comtesse de Rocquigny wintered up here…

        Good luck with the move!

        1. Thanks Nora! And to let you know about Comtesse…I had her growing in our old garden, which was a zone 6, and she had winter dieback all the way to the ground. So, definitely not suited to your climate. I ended up digging her out and trying her here in zone 7. Another rose that you might like that is hardy to your area is William Baffin. However, William can get really big so you’d have to do some regular pruning. 🙂

  6. Yikes! I hope she fares better in NC. 🙂 I grew up in VA and wish I had been into roses then. So many pretty things will grow down there and not up here.

  7. Hi Laurie,
    I’m so glad that I found your website; it’s beautiful and informational! I came across it when I was looking up roses that have gone wild. I work for Boise Parks and Recreation in Idaho. One of my main focuses is to supervise the Rose Garden. We have had some major issues with Bacterial Cane Blight and Japanese Beetle. Between the two issues, most of our roses have survived. Have you had any issues with Bacterial Cane Blight? We are a zone 6a.

    1. Hi Andrea, it’s so lovely to meet you! I’m so pleased you found your way here. Fortunately, I haven’t had any personal experience with blight (knocks on wood) but, of course, lots of experience with Japanese beetles. I found with the beetles, beneficials like praying mantis and wheel bugs took care of them quickly. My biggest rose problem was in our former garden, with rose midge. It devastated my entire collection and I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone. Sorry I wasn’t more help, but have you tried the rose forum on garden web? Someone there might be able to help you with regard to the cane blight. 🙂

  8. I am very new to roses. I went to the Rose show at the arboretum your talk was very good and sparked my fire to try a rose or two. Thank you

    1. Oh Susan that makes me so happy that you got something out of that talk. Yay! I know it’s a bit last minute, but you’d be very welcome to attend our ABRRS meeting today at 3pm (Asheville Red Cross Building.) We have a special guest: Bill Patterson from Roses Unlimited. Maybe Christine has already told you about this….but anywho, love to see you there!

  9. I love your blog so much because I am more into roses. Roses are apart of my life , and I love them so much. They inspire me to write about love and life. Thank you so much for sharing the names of roses with us.

  10. your website is so beautiful. I am a horticulture staudent who has just been set a assignment on designing a rose garden. only trouble is we have to use species in our names of roses. I see you have a few listed here. But how do I find full botanical names? Everything I look at is Rosa Mrs insert womens name.

    1. Hi Carla, welcome and thank you for your kind comment! Have you checked out the Help Me Find database for roses? Here’s the link. My 2 cents: whenever I am trying to be specific about a rose, I refer to it with the exhibition name and the registration name. (The HMF database will give you that info.) For example, ‘Cinco de Mayo’ has an exhibition name of ‘Cinco de Mayo™’ and a registration name of ‘Wekcobeju’. Roses tend to have different names in commerce for different parts of the world, so the registration name might better identify it. Maybe you could make your case to use the registration name, instead, for your assignment? 😉 Anyways, I think it’s pretty standard to refer to modern crosses as R. ‘insert name here’, however, to continue using ‘Cinco de Mayo’ as an example, you could perhaps include the class and list it as R. floribunda ‘Cinco de Mayo’. ? Maybe check with your professor to see if she/he is OK with that. Old roses…species crosses, are a bit easier to identify botanically, for example: ‘Lady Banks’ aka R. banksiae lutea, ‘Apothecary’s Rose’ aka R. gallica officinalis, ‘Common Moss’ aka R. centifolia muscosa. I hope this helps, but do check out HMF, it should have all the info you need! 🙂

  11. Love your site, your heavenly photography, your stories about trial and tribulations and all this experience! Now I am thinking that since I am only now starting to educate myself in earnest for my future rose garden you might be able to guide me about one thing. Once upon a time I received a catalog for roses that detailed how many petals a particular rose had. Now that I want to find that info I cannot. I just assumed that it would be easy to locate. I’m not finding it on Jackson and Perkins. Do you have any ideas?

    1. Hi Paula, your comment put such a smile on my face this morning, thank you!

      I do have a post that details how the flowers on roses are categorized for their petal count. You can find that HERE

      But if you’re looking for more info about a specific rose, you can type in your search at the Help Me Find rose database and it will pull up the info for you. You can visit HMF HERE.

      Last but not least, have you seen my Roses 101 page? Some of the posts might be of interest to you. 🙂


  12. Hello Laurie,
    You have a beautiful blog!! I’ve been goo-goo-ing and ga-ga-ing over all the photographs! Honestly, there should be a law mandating the posting of rose names along with all photos on the internet!!! I know, like it’s not enough to take the photos, post, and write an article?! Seriously, isn’t there a way you can tag the pics so when the mouse hovers over it, the name appears?
    I’m a 3-years-long rosarian who grows exponentially in affection for this plant every year. Last year I became a card carrying member of the American Rose Society. I am trying to learn by leaps and bounds and sites like yours are a great aid and encouragement. Thank you for taking the time to create this lovely site. How generous of you! I will be sharing it with all my favorite rosarians and plant lovers.
    Regards from Ohio

    1. Hello and thank you! I’m thrilled you are enjoying the photos! I do try to remember to label what’s what but if I missed any and you have questions, please do let me know. Really appreciate your visit! 🙂

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