Choosing Roses

Choosing Roses

I have a huge plot of land just begging for a garden, but know nothing of gardening. I was thinking this year of starting a rose garden with 2 rose bushes (1 bush, 1 climbing) with some veggies and herbs mixed in. Not too much: probably just some tomatoes and basil. I've never had a garden before, and I don't want to take too much on. For the tomatoes and basil, I was just going to go to a local "plant sale" that some organization or other puts on. Next year I'll worry about breeds and heirlooms and whatever: this year I just want to dive in. It doesn't really matter what I grow, because next year I can do something totally different (and in a few years I have a specific spot I'd like to put the vegetable garden, but it needs a lot of work!) The roses are a bit trickier. I want something permanent. Something a bit fancy, to be honest. I'd love to have an entirely heirloom rose garden eventually. I've been reading websites and zillions of books, and I'm finding TOO MUCH information. It's making my head spin. Their are eight zillion varieties that all sound lovely. What if I pick the "wrong" one? I suppose that there will always be one that smells sweeter or blooms longer... and honestly, that's driving me CRAZY. How do you select plants? Do you page through catalogs and say "aha! That's the one!" Or is it really just more arbitrary where you have to pick one, and that one is as good as any. I don't really know anyone around here who gardens, to ask for advice. There's a Garden Club but I think it's kind of a "retired ladies who lunch" sort of organization and I don't think they'd take me even if I could track down how to join. And, if anyone wants to throw a few suggestions my way... I'm in coastal Massachusetts (zone 6A to be precise) so I need something that can handle a very cold winter and a very hot summer.
New loveseat…

New loveseat…

New edition to my “plant family”! hehe.

New edition to my “plant family”! hehe.

My lovely garden-both veggie and roses…

My lovely garden-both veggie and roses…

New house for term time :]

New house for term time :]

pictures of hearth and home

pictures of hearth and home

What do you think…

What do you think…