Friday, June 05, 2009

My Edith Holden rose

Ever since I discovered The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady in a bookshop when I was a girl, I have loved and admired Edith Holden. Her handwritten diary is a joy to read over and over each year. Her life was also one I admire.

So when I found out quite by chance online that there was a rose named after her, I went on a search to find some for my garden. In the end, I found one nursery with them in Holland. I asked a friend who is from the area the nursery was if she had ever heard of the place. Not only did she know but her mother lived right next to it. She offered to have her mother go buy the rose bush for me and she would bring it back with her the next time she visited her mother. The bush is happily blooming again this summer. I just love it as I find it unique. So many ask me what rose is it as it is such an unusual color with a hint of brown in it. Up to this year, I kept it growing in a terracotta pot. I decided to plant it in the ground just under one of our maple trees this year. Edith is very happy there and blooming beautifully once again.


DonnaTN said...

I discovered Edith Holden later in life, but I do enjoy her diary entries. I never knew there was a rose name in her honor. It is a pretty color. I may be hallucinating, but I think I have an embroidery/cross stitch book with her drawings converted. I might have to look for it this weekend!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...


It looks like an Old Fashioned Rose. My husband loves them and grows lots of them... Old Fashioned Roses, that is.

In not too long, I'll be posting pictures of his...

Anonymous said...

Hello Heidi, I found your blog on Frenchvillagelife and have enjoyed perusing. Come visit me in my neck of the woods. I would love to drop by your garden spot again. Blessings

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a lovely rose - and I enjoy her writings so much too.

Tammy said...

What a beautiful and special rose Heidi and a lovely post too...thanks for sharing.

Kristen said...

What a neat story and rose! I love roses... on a bush that is. :) Especially ones that have oranges in them. Beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

I too love Edith Holden, I have her diary and a childrens book she wrote and illustrated called 'The Hedgehog Feast'. My parents bought me this book for Christmas many, many years ago, and I have treausred it always, then as I got older, I was so pleased to discover Edith Holdens diary, my husband bought me it as a suprise and I love it.
Did you know there are a series of books out based on the country diary? Such titles as:-
The Country Diary Companion
The Country Diary Herbal
The Country Diary Book Of Knitting
The Country Diary Book Of Crafts
The Country Diary Book Of Creating A Wild Flower Garden
The Country Diary Book Of Flowers
The Country Diary Book Of Creating a Butterfly Garden
And I think there a a few more in the series, well worth a look, I intend on collecting them all. They are quite cheap on Amazon.
Have a lovely day. xxxx

Elizabethd said...

Isn't she beautiful...the rose, I mean!
I have loved the Diary for many years, such a simple and beautifully written book.

Linda said...

Edith is lovely, I'm glad she is happy in her new spot. Something as simple as a beautiful rose bloom can bring much pleasure...for many reasons...hugs, Linda

Brenda said...

What a pretty rose! I love roses and this is one I'll have to see if I can get.

Mary said...

Edith spent much of her early life holidays in Devon - her diary entries tell of visits to the lovely countryside I'm familiar with. I love her art, simple but so realistic, the muted colors and tiny details are stunning. I've enjoyed my china with her flowers and words for years, have also cross stitched several pieces with her flowers and birds.

I didn't recall the rose named for her - it's unusual and I'm glad it's growing well in your always gentle care.

Hope you are doing better Heidi.
Warm hugs - Mary.

Tone said...

Just adore your fantastic way of describing your love for books!!

Wishing you a pleasant new week!!

Hugs from Tone

Tvert-om-tanten said...

So nice to have a rose with Edith's name! I want the Astrid Lindgren rose!

Nancy said...

Oh yes, you do enjoy that book. I remember when you got it. The rose is sure pretty. I'm glad it survived the move.
Love you, Mom

Tracy said...

Oh, but I didn't know about this rose dedicated to Edith is lovely! I've long loved that diary of her's...I found that sweet facsimile edition in a shop in London on my very first trip there--it is a treasure. Happy Day, Heidi :o) ((HUGS))

Rhondi said...

Hi Heidi
I also became enamored with Edith the first time I saw her dairy! That rose is a beautiful color and as you say, quite unusual. Hope you are taking it easy and looking after yourself.
((hugs)) Rhondi

Reginas Cottage said...

hi heidi,
how you know loves I roses too.and your edith holden roses has a specially nice color.i love also books from edith holden.
i wish you a wonderful week.

Blessed With Four said...

what a beautiful rose and Edith Holden's book(s) sure sound interesting, I will have to look further into this - thanks!

angelasweby said...

I know how much you love Edith Holden so having her rose blooming in your garden must be a real delight. You were obviously meant to have it as it came to you without undue inconvenience. It's such a pretty colour too. It must be quite an old variety.
Warm hugs Angela

Torhild Reidardatter said...

That is one beatiful rose.
I just descovered Edith Holden.
See for your self in my blog.

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