7/25/2008

I never promised myself a rose garden


When we moved into our house several years ago, we inherited dated wallpaper, rusty lawn furniture, and a dozen roses in containers that have been plagued by black spot and Japanese beetles. I had no qualms about riping out the wallpaper and giving away the lawn furniture. But give up on plants? Never.

Now that I have recently created more garden beds, I'm debating whether I should toss them in the ground. It would use up some of the space and they would probably do better in the ground than in the containers. But then again, why use up valuable garden space with plants I don't even like all that much?

Then just when I was fed up with them, they do something sweet to try to get on my good side; one rose bush just put out a bunch of fragrant beautiful flowers.




12 comments:

Daisy said...

I had that same thought, too. I had several plants in containers that I'd grown from see that I hadn't gotten in the ground. I never go in my front yard, so I just took some rocks, placed them round a hole from a tree that was cut down when I moved in, and made a little "cast-off" garden... I'm trying to keep my expectations low, but I hope I'm pleasantly surprised!

tiny cupcakes said...

It's a really pretty shade, definitely worth planting! You never know - maybe a rose garden will be your favorite spot in the yard. I inhereted a few roses when we bought our house (they were already in the ground) and we've really enjoyed them. I've been researching to find some new ones to add to the garden. Was happy to find is a thornless climbing rose!

literary agent's daughter said...

The rose is to die for but the shrub is an eye sore!

I'll have to agree totally,, I typically don't plant or recommend roses just because I always feel that the shrub looks so 'leggy'... and there's not enough leafs to really fill it in... but the rose flower can really become addicting.

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compost in my shoe said...

There are hundreds of really good roses for southern gardeners. A great resource is http://www.ashdownroses.com/

Two great books are Roses in the Southern Garden-Michael Shoup and Antique Roses for the South-William Welch.

I'd be leary of some big box, grafted, J&P like thug that does not like it here in the south. Too many out there that love it to grow junk!

John said...

I just love roses, unfortunately my leaves seem to always fall off. I keep trying...to grow them

gloria said...

SUMMER CAREfor rose garden: The cultural practices differ but little in various sections of the country, with exception of timing of operations that depend upon climate. Artificial watering may be necessary if summer rainfall is insufficient. If soil is well drained, there is not much danger of overwatering. When watering, soak the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches do not merely sprinkle. CULTIVATION is necessary to eliminate weeds and keep soil loose. Deep cultivation in midsummer is harmful when the roots are close to the surface. MULCHING during the summer will eliminate weeds, necessity of cultivation, and reduce moisture evaporation. Mulches should be applied 2 or 3 weeks before roses come into bloom.
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dacia said...

When we moved into our house several years ago, we inherited dated wallpaper, rusty lawn furniture, and a dozen roses in containers that have been plagued by black spot and Japanese beetles. I had no qualms about riping out the wallpaper and giving away the lawn furniture. But give up on plants? Never.Now that I have recently created more garden beds, I'm debating whether I should toss them in the ground. It would use up some of the space and they would probably do better in the ground than in the containers. But then again, why use up valuable garden space with plants I don't even like all that much?Then just when I was fed up with them, they do something sweet to try to get on my good side; one rose bush just put out a bunch of fragrant beautiful flowers.
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dacia


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reetajenet said...

I never promised you a rose garden. I never promised you perfect justice and I never promised you peace of happiness. My help is so that you can be free to fight for all of those things. The only reality I offer is challenge, and being well is being free to accept it or not at whatever level you are capable. I never promise lies, and the rose garden world of perfection is a lie.
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Jessi

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Aaren said...

HOW TO GROW ZINNIA

Grow Zinnia plants in full sun. Zinnias like rich, well drained soil, but are somewhat tolerant of average to slightly poor soils. Mix in plenty of compost prior to planting. Add a general purpose fertilizer at planting time, and once a month during the growing season.Sow Zinnia seeds early in the season and cover lightly with soil. Water thoroughly once. They germinate easily, and will grow quickly, producing their first of a continual display of blooms by mid-summer.Transplant Zinnias into your garden after the last frost date for your area. Spacing depends upon size with miniature varieties spaced four to six inches apart, and Giant varieties one to two feet apart.Once your Zinnia plants are established, they should grow well. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Add mulch around the plants for appearance and to keep weeds down.Remove dead flower blooms to encourage new growth and new blooms. Improve appearance of Giant Zinnias by trimming back stems that have grown long or gangly, but do not over trim them.
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Aaren


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Joseph said...

Your rose is beautiful although by chance. Did your transplant your rose plant on the ground?

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Melvin said...

I like to watch rose garden daily....
thanks for sharing.....

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