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Friday, June 15, 2012

What's Blooming Now June, 2012- Rose Revue

I'm featuring roses for GBBD, some of you have been enjoying them for some time but they are just getting going in the PNW.  Join hostess Carol and others at May Dreams Gardens for an amazing assortment of blooms.  First rose to bloom in my garden is lovely fragrant thornless Zepherine Drouhin-

A vibrant red climber is Dublin Bay, long-lasting flowers as well-

One of my favorite rose colors is apricot, like this climbing Noisette, Crepuscule-

Another apricot rose that has proven herself tough enough to survive on my front strip is the rambler Ghislaine de Feligonde, the bush gets slowly bigger every year, the flowers are small and abundant, and fade to cream-

One of my most successful mini's is My Honey-

Some roses make good ground covers, like The Fawn (Bossa Nova), which stays short and has glossy disease-free foliage and my favorite bloom form, many petals swirled in a flattened bowl shape-

My once-blooming OGR's (old garden roses) are slowly coming into bloom.  They are generally fantastically covered with blooms.  Madame Plantier is an Alba-

Belle de Crecy is a Gallica-

Then there are some OGR's that repeat blooming all season, Hybrid Musks.  The biggest blooms are on Cornelia-

Penelope blooms a lot and makes a tall but not very full bush-
Felicia is a smaller bush that blooms less-
But I really enjoy variegated roses, so have collected some, here is the wonderful repeat-blooming and long-lasting Betty Boop in her cage, her colors fade gracefully as the blooms age.
A long-blooming mini climber is Dreamcatcher-

Rosa gilardi-
Scentimental has wonderful blooms but not very many in one season and no repeat-

The once bloomer Rosa Mundi is the variegated sport of the Apothecary Rose and adds wonderful fragrance to a salve-

A special class of roses for someone like me plagued by deer are the Rugosas, they may large exceptionally thorny bushes that deer leave alone, here is the exquisite and rare colored Topaz Jewel-

Another Rugosa with a double form and fragrance is Hansa-

So, happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, and be sure to stop to smell the roses!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Progress on the New Vegetable Garden

I have a lot of tall Red Cedar trees in my 2 acre yard that make it difficult to find sunny spots for a vegetable garden, so this year I decided to attack the front lawn for a new garden spot, since the trees are at a distance there.  The terrible pernicious stoloniferous grasses there make this a hazardous venture.   I once smothered out the front strip behind some junipers planted at the top of the bank and planted a garden of 4 fig trees, roses, irises, daffodils, daylilies, lilies, and a few perennials.  

I found that the cold air would move down the slope toward the front and pool behind the juniper barrier, and proceed to kill the fig trees to the ground, except for the 2 tall ones.  But last year the large Latterula succumbed, sadly, to the roots as well.  So before winter I dug the 3 struggling figs up and planted them along the driveway bed.  2 seem to have succeeded, though Latterula isn't showing any new growth so probably didn't.  Stella even has one fruit, which if it developes will be a first after several years.

So, the new bed has spent the winter under newspaper, tarps, leaves, cardboard, and later grass clippings.   Weeds are coming up through this that will have to be removed.  The schedule for this is June 15 for the bean beds and July 15 for the greens beds.  It will have a wire fence attached to the
T-posts and additional bamboo posts to keep out deer.  I run wire at 8' along the tops of the bamboo, and try to put in lots of bamboo stakes to give the deer pause about jumping in.

 The portion that was an Italian turnip bed (scroll down former post) last year was not mulched but allowed to bloom this year for the bees, and is now setting seed and getting the full weed removal treatment this week.  Here it is with half the weeds cut down to the ground and grass seed heads removed-
The strip that will be planted with pole beans was then  mattocked to remove the grass and roots.  See the nasty grass at the bottom of the photo.   Rain that was not predicted is interfering with the work.

The evil grass managed to reinvade my "flower bed"  and so I am planning strategies to try to defeat it.  Sowing Columbine seeds resulted in some competition with the grass but I need to bring out the big guns, plants that have been succeeding in some of my other beds.  I am so excited to see the results in a bed by the driveway that is held up with railroad ties and sloped.   The leaning bamboo was wired up to try to keep deer from eating the roses there.  Some Salal, a sword fern, and a squirrel-planted Hazelnut tree which I should remove also grow there.

Self-sown Ladies' Mantle and hardy Geraniums are mostly responsible for taming the weeds here, I moved some of the LM seedlings to places along the driveway slope-
It occurred to me that Ladies' Mantle might be the very plant I should try on the front strip to fight the grass, so I will try to clip the seed heads off later and strew them there.  I just love the airy delicate sprays of chartreuse flowers, and they are very long-lasting as a cut flower as well, not to mention the leaves also being useful for tea and salve.

I wish for you success in your weed-fighting adventures!