Category Archives: Gardening
The peak of the May flush has happened…it was a great rose season here.
It has rained so much that there is water standing in my backyard as well as the front. Many of the roses are just plain soggy. Some of the varieties I grow have petals that can’t stand up to all … Continue reading
We have some very large tree limbs down in our back yard, and our power was out all day. I know this is nothing compared to what many families are dealing with, but that was quite a wind this morning. … Continue reading
Three of those sweet little blooms are Granada–one of my favorites–and the other, right-most in the vase, is Day Breaker. What’s the difference? Granada’s blooms are more vivid in color and finer, and often have a fragrance.
Between Japanese beetles and blackspot, it is not a beautiful time in the rose garden. When I realized that I had lost my battle with blackspot, I started alternating the fungicides I spray, and spraying a little more frequently. The … Continue reading
While I’ve been distracted, and while it has rained and rained and rained, the roses have been growing, and today I walked around to see how everyone made out in the big wind of last night (fine) and discovered that … Continue reading
Phew! It is a beautiful, though windy, day outside. I dug a trench around the Austin Rose bed, dug out a bunch of ditch lilies that are out of control and were a bad idea, it turns out and did … Continue reading
It was my plan, since my big long day in the garden last Sunday, to spend time outdoors every day doing some gardening chore or other. Today Barb was over most of the morning for tea and work — which … Continue reading
Planted 2 bleeding hearts outside and started a flat of basil, thyme and oregano seeds inside. Last summer the basil crop was glorious and long-lasting. We want more! The picture’s from SweetB’s Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8983042 It’s one of my favorites … Continue reading
Emboldened by the rose pruning demonstration yesterday at the seminar, I really lit into the back yard roses this morning. It was a wonderful day to spend outside. In particular I pruned Heritage down to canes about two feet high. … Continue reading
It rained in the morning, and I was busy helping my friend Barb (aka sweetb) set up her blog. That link goes to her Etsy shop; the blog is not quite ready. Then in the afternoon when I noticed it … Continue reading
I went to Lowes this morning and came home with new pruners, (lost the old ones–sob!), some bags of compost and a bale of peat moss. You see–spring does eventually come! I am not a fan of late winter–January through … Continue reading
The 7 bareroots I ordered by means of a gift from my father-in-law arrived this week. The first step is to put them in a bucket of water to soak. I didn’t have a bucket large enough, so I converted … Continue reading
Thanks to a generous gift certificate from my father-in-law to S & W Greenhouse, I have some new roses coming next spring! St. Patrick is one. Also Distant Drums, Julia Child, Chicago Peace, Daybreaker, and Granada. These are pictures of … Continue reading
Granada, Tuscan Sun and Golden Celebration love the fall, too. Granada is the swirly one at the front–one of my favorite roses for its cheerful circus-like colors and rose-y fragrance. Unfortunately mine hasn’t been a strong bloomer. I’m thinking of … Continue reading
Another bouquet. I removed the background for fun.
Francis Dubreuil loves the Fall. His blooms are larger than usual, and very fragrant. And The Prince and The Herbalist love the fall. The Prince is putting out his finest blooms of the year, and The Herbalist, which has been … Continue reading
The Squire, the dark red Austin English rose, oversees a bevy of other Austin roses on the north side of the back yard. Tuscan Sun is a floribunda I put in last year. It is standing over Golden Celebration (a … Continue reading
The roses are loaded with buds. I’m impressed at how well they came back. I was well and truly depressed after that unseasonable deep freeze. And now look at them! I would not have guessed that the bushes could set … Continue reading