Tag: roses

Roses

I got these pictures of some of my roses today. We call this the Fitzhugh rose. It’s a pretty ordinary English rose but has family significance, having been planted within feet of where an ancestor was cuckolded and murdered while his wife rode off with the killer/lover in the 1100s: New Dawn is starting to

Re-Return of the groundhog

These blasted groundhogs are making me crazy. Where the heck are they coming from? Are they like cabbage patch kids — sprouting up under a leaf somewhere? For real, how can there possibly be so many groundhogs in this world? I started a compost heap in the old cut flower bed, and two greedy groundhogs

Skipping the Miracle

Today was my weekly Wednesday garden spray, but I decided to give the plants a rest and did not apply any Miracle-Gro this week. I want the tomatoes to be able to put their energy into ripening some of these green tomatoes instead of making leaves, and I think it’s probably a good idea to

Cursed deer

It’s a class 2 misdemeanor to kill a deer that is eating your garden here in Virginia without getting a permit to do some from the Game and Wildlife dept. Luckily I’m on over 5 acres, so I could probably get one. The dern critters ignored the hubs’ donation to the cause and the Deer

Mite-y Rose

I was in the garden yesterday with a friend and got inspired (read: shamed into) to doing some deadheading today on the New Dawn rose. It looks a lot better, but now I realize what was causing the petals to look so damaged — it wasn’t the cold weather as I assumed. It is mites.

O Hail No

Just when you think everything is going great…. Saturday about 8pm we had a terrible storm kick up. It put up tornadoes to the north and south of us. At our house we got heavy wind and very strong, quarter-sized hail. Jared and I stood on the front porch lamenting the garden as hail was

Roses in full bloom!

The roses are some kind of gorgeous this week! I got back from a short road trip with my friend, Cara, yesterday, and just could not believe how beautiful the garden was! It was 75 degrees, sunshiney, and all of my roses are now in full bloom. So beautiful! Sadly, I think I scared off

Beans in

I finally received the beans from that guy I found online. The garden was sopping wet near the bean trellis after the rains — standing water like a pond. So I bought some garden soil to build up that area today, and I put the beans I soaked and inoculated in today. I’ve put in

Irises, Roses, and Azaleas — Oh My!

I was away for a week, and when I got home the garden was full of blossoms (and weeds — poison ivy, as it turns out). Nobody weeded for 9 days!!! :( The asparagus was still growing well, but my husband was confused and let a whole bunch grow up like we did the first

Asparagus and Microgreens

Every year I panic waiting for the asparagus to come up. I’m sure that it won’t come up or that I sprayed too late for weeds and killed everything accidentally. This year the weather has stayed cooler and spears came up about 10 days later than usual. But they’re here now. I went out this