Spring Entertaining: Heirloom Roses

The Profile. Dortmund Climbing Rose. Antique Rose Varieties. Entertaining. Kentucky Derby Flower Arrangements Heirloom Sugar & Creamer Vases By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & entertaining Techniques For Everyday Cooks cooking & Baking Tutorials Tv Cooking Personality Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Photographer Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Game Day Tailgating Modern Southern Socials Southern HostessSpring Entertaining

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Heirloom Roses

If you have a great love for antiques & grow your own flowers, old roses should be planted in the garden. Many times the varieties preferred hold some sort of sentimental value as your grandmother may have had that same rose in her own collection. Two of my favorite heirloom rose varieties are climbers with single bloom flowers, Dortmund Rose that features bright red blooms & Mermaid Rose with creamy white petals that when open look like delicate heirloom demitasse saucers. These gems are generally found off the beaten path from either a local nursery that specializes in offering an assortment of antique plants or from quality internet sources that can be delivered by mail. Climbing rose varieties in particular lend soft texture to edgy surfaces whether they are trained to grow along fences, arbors or up the side of a lamppost or mailbox. If cared for properly by fertilizing, watering & trimming them, these beautiful roses will thrive year after year.

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How To Navigate Heirloom Roses & Entertaining Arrangements

Beautiful flower arrangements should change with the seasons so begin by choosing items currently in bloom. Savvy southerners know to have distinctive, indigenous garden varieties planted around their outdoor space that can be used for a number of occasions. Creating arrangements from these flower picks are designed to be effortless & fast to prepare since entertaining involves many fine details as the event draws closer. Red roses should always be included when hosting a Race For The Roses social. Although Freedom Roses are featured in the coveted Churchill Downs event, use your favorite crimson variety such as an heirloom Dortmund Rose or a more standard Knockout Rose to polish spaces.

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The Technique

Once you are familiar with several blooming plant & shrub varieties, making your own flower arrangements can be fun & fulfilling. If you don’t have these garden staples growing in your green space, pick them up now & plant them either in pots or in your yard as they can be used in a number of lovely ways.

No. 1

The Profile 

Dortmund Rose

Dortmund Rose is a climbing variety that was introduced by Kordes in 1955. It is identified by a single circle of overlapping petals around a white center filled with yellow stamens. The crimson flowers offer a ruffle effect & bloom in clusters when in season. Rich green leaves compliment this rose variety beautifully as they provide glossy texture & hold up well when tucked into arrangements. Deadhead diligently for a repeated showing although it will not be quite as prolific as the first. Aphids, in particular, love to congregate on buds & under the leaves. If you notice yellowing or curled, puckery foliage, these tiny pests are more than likely the culprit so it’s best to use an insecticide formula designed specifically for roses to rid them that will keep the blooms looking their finest. Simply follow the directions for use as stated on the container.

No. 2

The Yard Arrangement

 Heirloom silver sugar bowls & creamer pitchers make beautiful containers for creating flower arrangements. The pieces are small & low so grouping them together will inevitably make a nice impact. Start a collection by picking up several to use throughout entertaining spaces from estate sales or antique markets. Pieces that mimic a loving cup style of trophy make spaces particularly festive. Look to The Essential Spring Entertaining Party Primer: How To Polish Silver for pointers to make these coveted gems shine for your gathering.

Create an arrangement ideal for Kentucky Derby Parties by filling the silver pitchers & bowls with blooms. Add enough water to them being certain stems are submerged. Choose flowers early in the day that have freshly opened. Most of the leaves can be removed however tuck a few into the arrangement last to add balance & soften the bold color. Place the flowers on side tables, kitchen islands or cocktail bars for an inviting, lively feel.

The Tune
“Pennies From Heaven” Billie Holiday 

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Southern College Football Fanatic * SEC Tailgate Strategist * Southern Recipe Writer & Sometimes Novelist * Half-Hour Hostess * Media Personality * Houndstooth Hound Owner * Small Town Dreamer * Big Idea Doer * 3rd Generation Pimiento Cheese Fixer * Casserole Maker * Budweiser Drinker * Bourbon Cocktail Sipper * Peanut Butter Love Affair * Cookie Monster * Calorie Burner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer but doesn't care * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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