Category Archives: Gardening

Frozen rosen

Garden-blogging came to a screeching halt due to the gardener’s freefall into the depths of depression over a hard, long freeze we had for a week around Easter. I ran around and covered most of the roses with all the … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: April 3

Winchester Cathedral wins the race–one bloom today. This is two weeks ahead of last year when China Doll put out an early bloom on April 16. Eden, Gruss An Aachen, The Herbalist, Winchester Cathedral and Penelope are all loaded with … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: March 26

I started a batch of alfalfa tea a couple days ago, using leftover alfalfa. It was nice and foamy and yucky today so I added some epsom salts and ironite and threw in a little powdered miracle grow and put … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: March 23

Scott did a herculean job in the yard yesterday. He raked out beds. He cut down 2 (two) trees, with D16 providing assistance with ropes to make sure the tree sections fell the right direction, then stacked the wood and … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: March 21

I sprayed the roses for disease. They are all beautifully clean for the moment. It seems like the more established the plants are, the better they resist disease. I still need to fertilize them. First bud sighting: Francis Dubreuil has … Continue reading

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Spring comes again

Notwithstanding the snow and the icy wind yesterday at the baseball scrimmage game, where we shivered under blankets and sipped hot chocolate, spring has definitely broken. It has come around again, with all its hope and newness. Today was vibrantly … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: March 14

Two new historic figures have come home to live with me: Queen Elizabeth and Ingrid Bergman. Pink and red roses, respectively. Last year my elderly neighbor, whose name is Liz, brought me a body bag Queen Elizabeth rose from a … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook–March 13

Checking my previous notebooks, I see that I had aphids on the roses by this time in previous years. No aphids yet, and lots of beautiful new growth on the roses that the aphids generally love. Well…that is fine by … Continue reading

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Front rose bed

I finished up a small rose bed in the front yard, between our house and our neighbors’ house. It will be fun to show a picture later in the season – with any luck, these will grow! It’s always astonishing … Continue reading

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March Snow

We had snow on Saturday. That was the day the baseball team was scheduled to be at the field for 5 hours, and they stuck to their plan. Parents were encouraged to come, too, because the early part of the … Continue reading

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Bare root roses arrived in mail!

In the rose growing world there is some snooty terminology that you want to learn right away. Those bareroot roses that they have stacked outside Kroger right now? Those are known as “body bags”. You don’t want to stake your … Continue reading

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To plant more roses, or not to plant more roses

I must be nuts. I’m thinking of putting in a rosebed in front. Even as I contemplate it, I’m thinking of last summer’s various rose heartbreaks: the discovery of cankered and winter-killed canes to be pruned out, the teeming hordes … Continue reading

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Sixty-five Degrees, Dry and Sunny

It was so sunny and pleasant and warm.  This weather is California-esque.  J23, Scott and I sat outside on the back patio and talked, and then I sprayed the roses for blackspot and raked leaves into protective coverings for the … Continue reading

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Quiet Garden

Mixing gardening and theological study with mid-life transitioning, inspired by beauty that comes to us from the hand and heartbeat of the Creator: that’s where I’m at right now. I read about something called the Quiet Garden Movement and resonated … Continue reading

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