Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer 2017-2

Lily's are in full bloom. They're like sentinels in the garden. Some are over four feet tall with thick stems that with stood a 30 plus knot wind last week. The roses are in a recovery phase after first bloom so the lily's don't have any competition. 
But the flowers blooming that I find most interesting are Gardenia and Calla Lily. They are almost wax like and you just want to touch them...they are silky smooth when you do.
Many perennials are blooming too: Phlox, Monarda, Stokesia Daisy, and Campanulla. Campanulla is a nice green ground cover too. After bloom I cut the dead stalks to cean it up. It is a little invasive but not hard to keep in check.  
While not as showy as lilies the first hydrangea blooms have made their entrance.
The rose this week is Stanwell Perpetual. This is a shrub rose that has been around since the early 1800's. It is disease resistant, reblooming, and has attractive foliage all season long.
Each week a group of volunteers make arrangements from garden cuttings for weekend liturgies. These are some of the arrangements from this past weekend.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Summer 2017-1

Spring showers came late this year and the Summer heat came early. I think I switched from AC to heat and back at least twice each week lately. But the garden is lush and blooming.

 Yellow Primrose.
Pink Primrose.
 This Christmas Amaryllis has never bloomed this's at least 15 years old.

Rose Campion
Red Hot Poker
A pass-along Siberian Iris from my brother.
 Red Lily
White Lily
Yarrow is just starting to bloom.
The last of the peonies...this is a beauty.
 Audrey Hepburn rose...very delicate.
St. Cecilia rose
 Gruss an Aachen rose
First Crush rose

This may be the last picture of First Crush since I noticed the witches broom (RRD) growth on a branch and cut it back to the graft. This works about 30-40 percent of the time. Over the last four years I've lost over 50 roses to RRD. It's a war of attrition to plant more roses than I dig. I take cuttings, shop the big box bag roses, and the mail order clearance sales for replacements. I ordered some end of the season bare root roses from one of the mail order nursery's a couple of weeks ago. A mixture of 5 roses for $9.95 with $3.00 shipping. A real bargain!!!!!  They took a week to arrive and I got them planted between rain drops last week. I was surprised at how healthy they were. I've never planted this late. I'll know this fall whether it was a good idea to plant them out in the garden rather than pot them up.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Roses

I enjoy taking these Mother's Day rose pictures as I remember my mother, wife, and daughters. It's my rose bouquet for them and all mothers. Since it was only light rain today I took these pics before the heavy rain moves in tonight and tomorrow. 
 Black Magic
 Cecile Brunner 
 Cinco de Mayo
 Don Juan
 Mardi Gras
 L.D. Braithwaite 
 Jude the Obscure
 Joseph's Coat
 Melody Parfumee
 Miss Behavin
 Rosa Mundi 
Roseraie de l'Hay 
 The Dark Lady
 Sky Rocket
Twilight Zone