Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Kitchen of Roses



Fresh cut roses are among my favorite summer things. I look forward to making bouquets for the house with great anticipation. They make the house feel as if summer has walked in.


My mom has a small rose garden from which she makes the most beautiful bouquets. You couldn't find anything more lovely in even the most exquisite flower shop. My memories of growing up with those bouquets are what inspired me to grow roses of my own.


So far I've planted the varieties Geoff Hamilton, Windemere, Glamis Castle and Heritage by David Austin. All are soft shades of pink and white.


My only regret is that they don't last forever.


But perhaps that's a good thing as it's always those fleeting tastes of sweetness that make you revel in their beauty all the more.

69 comments :

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your roses are beautiful and I love the open shelving...wonderful!
xo, Sherry

Roseanna said...

Roses have always been my favorite flowers. Your flowers are just beautiful, arranged perfectly in the pewter! Thank you for sharing it with us.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your roses are just gorgeous. Love the shelves and all your pretty vignettes too. Lovely. Hugs, Marty

A Lasting First Impression said...

So beautiful, love the kitchen counter too...what kind of material is that? Just lovely!

Kim said...

Light pink roses always remind me of my grandmother. Lovely.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Your roses are stunnning and look lovely in your beautiful kitchen!! I've just cut some roses from the garden and brought them into my kitchen as well. They add a touch of sunshine to the room, for sure. :)
Enjoy your day!
Hugs ~ Jo :)

Rose H (UK) said...

Your roses are beautiful, and look lovely in your displays.
You could try drying them in sand boxes.
A decription of 'how to do it' is here
http://www.ehow.com/how_324_dry-flowers.html

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

This looks so pretty. I used to have the most beautiful rose garden, but it got too much of a job and I got rid of them. But I miss the cut flowers in the house. I have never understood people that don't cut their flowers... that is why I grow them...

central bark designs said...

Beautiful. Roses always remind me of my grandmother. I've planted 2 rose gardens when I had homes in florida and Virginia - sadly living in NYC now means the closest I get to a rose garden - is the corner store!

the gardeners cottage said...

hi trina,

the kitchen looks lovely. like a still life painting. roses are my fav too.

~janet

Heaven's Walk said...

Mmmmmm! There is nothing better than a huge, fluffy David Austin rose in the house with it's fragrance drifting from room to room. Beautiful photos, Trina!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Flea Market Trixie said...

Boy do I love your house, it's perfect!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi!
The counter tops are butcher block from IKEA. There were extremely affordable - only $80 per slab. We only needed three slabs so it was a huge bargain for something we thought would offer a lot of charm to the space.
We used a product called Safecoat to stain the counters. We chose 'cedar' for the color and finished it with a top coat from the same company.

; ) Trina

Red Gate Farm said...

Your roses are beautiful. I've been pretty successful at growing most things, but not roses. The only rose I have that is doing well is a shrub rose. Your roses are an inspiration and I will have to keep trying.

Anonymous said...

the roses are beautiful, so is your kitchen ! my husband and I are redoing our kitchen now, we are putting a bank of windows above the sink, he wants to go without upper cabinets, do you have a dish closet or a pantry where you put most of your food, dishes, etc. and do you miss not having any cabinets above ? Enjoying your blog so much !

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Anon,
All of our everyday dishes are on the shelves. The lower cabinets hold everything else. As far as food goes, we have a small pantry to the left of the kitchen sink. It was an old pie safe that we converted.
Our kitchen is small so we keep it simple!
; ) Trina

Privet and Holly said...

Trina, I fell in love with your kitchen when I fell in love with blogs....January of this year! It is even more lovely {if that's possible} with the addition of your roses. Just caught up on a few of your older posts and it looks like your garden is really coming along. You will love your grapevine pergola during the heat in future years! xx Suzanne

mo said...

Hi I am a new follower of your blog. You have a wonderful world here. Glad I found you. *hugs*

Erin*Sparkle&Hay said...

The flowers and your kitchen are absolutely lovely! I too have been eying the IKEA counter-tops so it is great to see how beautiful they look in your home.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

so pretty Trina, and i bet your kitchen smells gorgeous! DA's are the best! jxoxo

Sarah B said...

I just planted a few David Austins and have Heritage (and a couple more) on order. They're stunning roses and yes I agree, they look amazing in a vase. I can't wait for mine to bloom :)

Fern Valley Farm said...

Your roses are beautiful, and I love your elegant way of displaying them!
~Elissa

Tessa said...

Lovely! I wish we had a little more sun. I would love to grow roses, but our small yard is under a canopy of old, big trees. Beautiful in it's own right. I still have sweet memories of my Mum making me Lilly of the Valley, Lavender and Rose bouquets. She had a special vase just for my room.

24 Corners said...

Your sweet little owl just can't take his eyes off the beautiful roses any more than we can... they are so pretty. How nice that they have a connection to your mom too. xo J~

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Roses are my very favorite flower. I am fortunate to be able to grow them easily in southern California. Your shades of pink and white are absolute perfection.

paperbird said...

You live a beautiful farm life- I have enjoyed visiting here very much.

Michelle said...

Your photos are so great...and of course the subject matter is stunning as well.

Best,
Michelle

Low Tide High Style said...

I love all of your beautiful roses! And it's true, sometimes those things which we know are fleeting are all the more cherished!

Kat :)

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Trina, Your roses are beautiful. David Austin has some of the most beautiful roses in the business. When we lived in the city I had 7 different kinds of his roses 3 were climbers on the front porch and arbor and running along the picket fence. Unfortunately there were no gardens here at the farm cottage where we moved to last year. This fall we are planning to build a screened porch and gardens surrounded by a picket fence. It will be good to smell roses again. Have a wonderful Monday...Maura :)

Ron and Connie said...

I adore David Austin roses! You lucky girl. Mine didn't have such a good life, it has reverted back to a wild rose. Sigh. So for now, I will enjoy looking at yours. They are perfect in your kitchen.

ani's house said...

I love your open shelves in the kitchen. We are planning our kitchen at the moment and I am really loving the idea of open shelves instead of overhead cupboards. Thanks!

Kelly Galvin Robson said...

your kitchen is SO GORGEOUS, Trina! I am always so jealous! I want one just like it. :)

Hope all is well and that you enjoyed your weekend!

xx
Kelly

Susan said...

These roses are beautiful, and I ALWAYS love seeing photos of your kitchen. Keep those kitchen photos coming! I love your blog.

Susan said...

Oh! I don't think I've ever mentioned that our open shelves in our farmhouse kitchen are held up by brackets identical to those in your kitchen. I copied from from a photo I found in a book.

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

I'm getting Geoff Hamilton for sure, now!

Thanks for sharing such beauty!

pve design said...

Trina,
I hope your little one grows to love roses as much as you. :)
pve

Carmella said...

My, goodness, yes! Those full old-fashioned looking roses are the best! I also love the soft shades of pink, white, cream and blush. Lovely, Trina!

danemi1 said...

such beautiful roses - they always smell so beautiful dont they - they remind me of my Daddy - he used to grow them when he was alive!

Anonymous said...

Are you planning a nursery?

for the love of a house said...

Beautiful Trina! And not an outlet is sight:):)
You have obviously inherited the gift of growing roses from your mother.
xo,
joan

Anonymous said...

I truly enjoy your blog. Your thoughts and photos. Thank you for taking time for this. Kathy in IL

Natasha said...

...be happy they do not last forever, the anticipation of what's to come is half the fun!

Northern Light

Renae said...

Your roses are just gorgeous....I like too how you styled your shelves!

Tessa said...

Hi Trina - just in case you are still craving cherries I just posted a recipe for a cherry clafoutis on my blog. I was inspired by you to make a dessert with fresh cherries. And I was intrigued to use a cherry pitter! :)
http://nineandsixteen.blogspot.com/2010/07/cherry-clafoutis.html

red ticking said...

i LOVE roses... sooo much... and i too, wish they would last longer! i have some on my bedside now and i am sooo loving the sweet fragrance... yummie... i sleep so much better with them by my side...
xx pam

Hartwood Roses said...

You have perfectly described why I am so in love with roses!! My favorite place to display them is also in my kitchen ... it's where we seem to spend the most time, isn't it.

Connie
www.hartwoodroses.blogspot.com

Threads of Inspiration said...

Your roses are beautiful. I rescued a rose from a very shady area in a home we just moved into. It is now sunny and happy and I am eagerly anticipating the opening of the blossoms to see just what color they are!

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

love the tablescape (or shelf scape!), looks beautiful
alicia

clarita said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the soft blush colors of the roses against your white kitchen. Seriously, how much fun must it be to cook in such a beautiful place? :)

A Room For Everyone said...

What a gorgeous place to grow up..your little ones are going to love living there. I just love your open shelves. Have a lovely weekend..Rachaelxx

Jen said...

I just discovered your blog. Beautiful and inspiring! Would you mind telling me what kind of camera you are using?

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Jen,

I started out with a Canon one shot and then a couple of years ago, graduated to a Canon Rebel xsi. It's made a big difference in crispness and quality of color.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Trina

Sarah said...

Looks beautiful. Your kitchen is very pretty.

No. 7 said...

I just opened up my newest issue of Food & Wine to a page and said, "HEY! I know that kitchen!" Congrats on that feature!!

Mahers said...

Yes, I saw your kitchen featured in Food & Wine also and wanted to know what cabinetry you used. It mentioned that your block countertops are Ikea, but it didn't mentioned the cabinets below. Are they also Ikea? And if so, do you recommend Ikea?

My husband and I are about to jump into our first home (a serious fixer-upper) so any suggestions would be helpful.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

So thrilled I found you today.
So lovely and calming. I love your
pantry arrangement and everything
you've done to your beautiful old
farmhouse.
Thanks for sharing!
Alison

Designs By Pinky said...

Gorgeous!!!! WE once had over 30 rose bushes! Now we live in the woods and I can't grow them and HATE IT! Especially since I am a floral designer! LOVE your kitchen and the beautiful flowers! XO, Pinky

Anonymous said...

Hi - Love your shelves...what are they? Where did you get them?

Anonymous said...

What size is your sink? I am looking at the Rohl fireclay sink. 30 or 36 inch? How has it held up? I plan heavy use. Thanks, Maria

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Maria,

Measurements of our sink are 27 x 17 (inside). It's fireclay but I don't know about heavy use. We were told to use caution as it can crack. So perhaps something more hardy for your purposes would be better.

Otherwise, it's held up great!

Nancy said...

I love your open shelving! Gorgeous!

Nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Trina,

Hoping I might ask a quick question...we are planning on installing open shelving in our newly renovated kitchen. Just wondering if you would be kind enough to share the depth of your shelving and if you made the brackets or purchased them? If the latter can you please advise where. Enjoy your blog very much! With thanks, Karelyn

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Karelyn,

The carpenter that built our cabinets, built the brackets as well. But you can find them easily online and in speciality (old house) hardware stores.

Good luck!
Trina

Sarah Daugherty Photo said...

I tried to post a long message, but i think it failed, so i will try again:)
I've spent all day reading your blog as if it was a novel i couldn't get enough of! You are such a beautiful person with beauty all around you, you are truly blessed!
I share many of the same loves as you, photography, vintage, an IVF baby, and FLOWERS!
At the beg. of the year our family of 7 decided to go vegetarian and i have this robins egg blue vintage turkey pan i've held on to because i want to give it to a good home. And i really think its home should be with you! I've posted photos of it on my blog for you to see: http://www.mycapecod.blogspot.com/ I'd love to mail it to you if you email me your mailing address. I don't get notifications on this web site bc i have a new email. If you like it you can email me here with the info: sarahdaughertyphoto@live.com
Congrats on your beautiful babies! I am so happy for you! xXx

kbd said...

I just discovered your lovely blog today via Urban Cottage. I hope you see this message as this post is over a year old!

I would love open shelves in my kitchen (one day). What makes me hesitate is dust - have you found everything needs to be cleaned before you use it? or do you use those things so much its not as issue? Thank you!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hello KBD,
There is dust but not on any dishes that we use regularly. I dust the shelves and everything on it that doesn't get used often every month or so. Some seasons (summer) are dustier than others.
Trina

The Cottage Wren said...

Amazing .. thank you for remiding us that summer doesn't have to be over..

Eva said...

I love your open shelving and the brackets. I have looked online but cannot find any as simple and beautiful. Can you offer any further suggestions for finding them or ones close to their design. Thank you.

Karen Appleton said...

I am in LOVE with your kitchen! Everything about it! Your shelves are gorgeous and inspiring!!

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