Yesterday was the first pretty day I’ve had in over a week without the wind trying to blow me off the mountain!!! Hubby was turkey hunting and our daughter was working on the yard at her new house so I decided to tackle the rest of our yard and it was bad!
Before the cleanup my yard and flower/rose beds are covered with leaves which protect them from the freezing cold.
Maple tree leaves help protect my roses and perennials all winter long but they’re a bugger to take care of in the spring!
I started raking around 1:00, I think, and finished about two hours later. I hauled my big wheelbarrow away with six packed-down loads. Now the entire yard has been cleaned up and I’m ready for some gorgeous flowers to brighten my life!!
This is where I began. It doesn’t look like much now but once the perennials between the roses come out it will look great. The big rocks that I use for edging came from the site where our daughter has built her new home. They make great edging and I don’t disturb the flowers when I’m mowing.
Next was the corner rose garden. I started using the old red gate last year to try to contain the old-fashioned rose. I wired an old birdhouse that Uncle Holl had made to it to dress it up and this year I have a pair of bluebirds nesting in it.
bluebird nesting in the rose garden! Love it!
Then I cleaned out the Siberian iris along the south fence prepared the wheelbarrow for something bright red and purple.
After that I replaced my lawn wind flower that Heather got me for Christmas. I love that thing!!! I have to take it down when the wind gets up because it twirls itself apart! The front of the rose garden is full of sweet-william. I’ve loved that flower since my grandmother grew it when we all lived in Paint Bank as a child. Last year is the first year I was able to get it started. It has stayed green all winter and the frost we had the last two days hasn’t hurt it at all. It’s beautiful when it blooms and blooms all summer.
Johnny jump-ups are all over the yard now.
My daffodils have been beautiful this year!
I’m so glad the cold doesn’t hurt them.
Isn’t this color so very bright?
My flowers are gone and this is the last of my beautiful roses.
Few words and lots of photos of this years rose garden that I am so proud of. I thought I had lost most of the new roses I planted in 2014 due to the horribly cold weather we had but low and behold here’s what I’m singing praises for.
The rain and wind has battered them today so this evening after the storm passed through I trimmed off all the dead blooms, cut a vase for the kitchen table and now I’ll wait for them to all rebloom (I hope)!!
I truly love roses and am trying so hard to make them grow and survive our mountain farm. In the spring I found a wonderful buy at Breck’s for five roses for $19.99 and they were bare root roses. When they arrived they were already showing lots of new growth but I was afraid to plant them because we were still getting freezing temps day and night several days in a row. Finally in early May, hubby helped me dig the holes and we put them in the ground with two tablespoons of epsom salts and lots of water.
I watered them every day May through mid-June and we started getting some rain. Now I water them thoroughly once or twice a week depending on the rain. They are doing quite well and all but one has bloomed and it’s still sprouting new growth. I’m watching it carefully and giving it lots of love! Here’s proof of the blooming:
Now, I started this post in June and here it is the 8th of August and (more about that later) here’s what my beautiful roses have done all summer:
I’m dealing with some japanese beetles and some black spot which seems to be worse with all the rain we’re getting but I’m thrilled I’ve kept them alive, they’re blooming and so beautiful. I just have to keep them through the winter. New post coming with the rest of the flowers flourishing this summer!!
No words, just the beauty of my photos, says enough I think!
Peonies and rose
Dinner bell garden
Old Fashioned Rose full of bloom
Another new rose
Bigger blooms every year
Mother’s day hanging table
Peonies and Iris
Hostas & geraniums
Locust post birdhouse
Peonies and Iris
White rose (old)
Red Rose (old)
I have two of these in the yard and I can cut them back to a foot tall and by June they’re back full of green, pink and white. It’s so pretty and covers the ground at the yard entrance with rose petals all summer.
Posted in Gardening, NATURE
Tagged allium, astilbe, bell flowers, coleus, dahlias, daisies, flowers, hens& chicks, hostas, impatients, lilies, petunias, roses, shamrocks, sweet potatoe vine
After a horrific flower season two years ago my yard is starting to get some shape and color back. My wonderful hubby bought me some new roses and periennials a few weeks back and I’ve been busy.
Let me know what you think! There’s a lot more to do but I think it’s a fantastic start!