This Christmas Amaryllis has never bloomed this nicely...it's at least 15 years old.
Red Hot Poker
A pass-along Siberian Iris from my brother.
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.