Next Year

– Posted in: Garden chores, Wishlist

image of future rose bush siteThis unprepossessing site is–Lord willing–where I hope to plant one or more rose bushes next year. It is in the Birthday Garden, which is sandwiched between the house and the driveway. You can see a bit of the tunic flower from the last post in the bottom right corner. The little brown buttons in the back are seed disks of Cephalaria gigantea, a pale yellow flower similar to scabious. I am not sure if I should keep them there, or move them. What used to dominate this bed was a vigorous stand of hollyhock mallow (Malva alcea ‘Fastigiata’) which I pulled out, sick and tired of its prolific seeding. Of course, there are yet more seedlings there now, and I’ve pulled out plenty, too. It will probably be an occupation of mine for many years to come. If you have this plant, follow Zoey’s advice and cut them down sooner rather than later.

image of future site of hydrangeaHere is where I want to plant Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer,’ which I’ve wanted for more than two years now. Yeah, I’ve got my work cut out for me, don’t I? I have been digging suckers of a native rose out of this area and replanting it elsewhere, but otherwise neglecting this area, since it’s not visible to visitors. I hope to dig this mess up soon, and dump a load or two of raked leaves here to rot over the winter. Then the hydrangea will have the woodsy soil it prefers when I plant it. Update: This area has since been thoroughly trampled in the course of the second-story renovations. I will stilll have to dig it, but at least now I don’t have to take a machete to it first!

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Kathy Purdy September 18, 2005, 8:00 am

I will try to get some pictures uploaded to a central location, but it might not be at this site. I’ll keep you posted.

bill September 16, 2005, 1:51 pm

You should post some pictures of your renovations too. I am sure I am not the only who might be interested in such things.

First time I had noticed that you had the Bad Behavior statistics at the page.