Thursday, February 18, 2010
Flashback Friday ~Rose Garden
Almost 7 years ago I flew out to Washington State from Louisiana for a job interview at MultiCare Health System...they offered and I took the job then moved across the country with the help of my parents driving a U-Haul truck. I've learned a lot in those 7 years and made some great friends..some of them the life long type. The time has come for me to spread my wings a little bit and I've taken a new position down the street at a competitor hospital.
There will be many people and things I'll miss, including the beautiful grounds. Not that I can't come back from time to time to enjoy it as a visitor! So I thought it was fitting to flash back to 2006 when I took a little photo tour of the rose garden.
A generous benefactor has ensured these gardens will flourish for a very long time
Every year new things are added, and they are given extremely good care by a head groundskeeper that is iconic in these parts.
I'm not sure of the exact amount but there are I think are nearing 200 varieties of roses, some in mass plantings like these Chihuly roses which live up to their flamboyant namesake.
The variety is incredible and it was the first place I've seen some of the rose forms outside of catalogs. I love the many petaled cabbage styled ones
The english style is something I never saw growing down south
So full and ruffly
Many are soft pastels, but some are vibrant like this incredibly bright pinkish purple
The more simple styled varieties too....but oh so elegant!
I love the shade of this yellow one
And the perfection of this pink one
There are plenty of minis as well as roses grown in tree form
Some gorgeous climbers. I think this one might be Don Juan
This is such a beautiful if not a little gaudy rose that I'd like to have in my own garden
But I'd sure settle for a classic red too!
In addition to roses there is some outstanding perennial borders
Which I greatly appreciate but most people overlook. They are a little overshadowed by the spectacle of roses!
Thanks MultiCare for sharing your gardens with me and the families that have sick loved ones. I'll be back to see you soon :-)
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