|Our extra newspapers were on the soil, out in the rain and snow,|
all winter. They were loaded with earthworms, dampness, and soil critters.
When Sassy and I returned from our morning walk on Sunday, the owner of the nearby plant nursery was there with his son and their new dog. Sassy wanted to meet them as they entered our cul-de-sac. Because of some neighborhood business that developed, we had a long visit that ended up in our yard and in our house. Mrs. Ichabod had a great time answered a bunch of little boy questions, and Sassy had a new dog-friend, Opie.
Our yard is rapidly developing into a destination for rose lovers. Almost Eden handles the plants I know little about, and I began to grow them and learn about them last year.
Here is our current bloom list:
All 20 of the roses in the maple tree garden are blooming now, because they mostly came from the Gurney's specials of 5 for $25 last year. Some of them are already favorites of mine or others.
- Mr. Lincoln and Veteran's Honor, both fragrant reds, are producing intensely beautiful red blooms.
- Peace is ready to burst into bloom, with bushes full of buds.
- Pink Peace had such spectacular blooms that I cut some for the chiro.
- Pope John Paul II produced some perfect white blooms for the bouquet, above. Some may be getting hit by aphids already. They are a good trap plant to attract aphids that feed the beneficial insects. The next round will be won by the beneficials like the ichneumon wasp and flower flies.
- Queen Elizabeth bloomed and was so captivating that Almost Eden took a vase home with some unidentified orange roses from the first planting - 8 for $64, QVC.
- Tropicana is a great rose for cutting, short canes and enormous blooms.
- Many others are just starting to show off their colors.
- Each red KnockOut has 50 buds and blooms. The white KnockOuts, another aphid haven, is in full bloom, and so are the two pink KnockOuts.
- The new roses are popping their first leaves and seem 100% growing.
|The ill-fated straw bale slug farm was here.|
The sunny garden should be reserved for heat and sun-loving plants:
such as sunflowers and tomatoes.
- The blueberry canes were already flowering and fruiting. Now they look very prosperous.
- Trumpet vines in several places seem likely to grow more and flower for the hummingbirds.
- Blackberry bushes have gone from survival to spreading themselves.
- Raspberry canes in the sunny garden are also spreading. They are candidates for the Wild Garden.
- The wild strawberries, which spread on their own and also via the B-52 bombing tactics of birds, are all over the yard and stretched out in a shady area - fruiting like crazy. Their berries are little red jewels.
- The elderberry plants are tall and budding, soon to flower, with many sprouts around their base. Soon they will be a hedge for birds and a home for beneficial insects. See below for EFN - extra floral nectar.
- Three butterfly bushes are bursting into growth, and one is struggling. The last one may not get the water it needs, so it is on my rescue list again this year, Last year the slugs were feasting on its tender growth.
- The honeysuckle vine is bursting with buds and starting to claim territory. I used some gardening tape to help it cling to the tree stump I left in place, with a soaker hose draping down on it to water it extra. The vine said, "Thanks I will make my own supports on the soaker hose, to sip it more effectively."
|Lawns are so boring and wasteful.|
This has become all rose garden.
|The oldest part of the main rose garden kept its mulch,|
because we mulched it again whenever weeds erupted through it.
|The crepe myrtle bush was leafing out,|
the logs scattered as we expand the rose garden.
|We dig the holes for the roses before mulching, plant the bare roots,|
then lay down cardboard and wood mulch.
The grass, weeds, and clover are my free compost.
|Before the maple tree garden bloomed,|
the rose buds were forming.