Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bud Report April

Hi everyone,

How is Spring coming along in your neck of the woods - that's how we say it here in the South.  Some people don't really think of North Carolina as the South - but we are in accent and weather - believe me!  I don't really want this to be a political blog (ha) but I have to say - please don't judge me or my state by our idiotic Governor and House/Senate right now - this HB2 bill is totally embarrassing - and believe it or not - there are people in our state marching and protesting the bill.  I plan on joining in next week in at least one march - they are literally almost daily.  This will not last much longer - I predict.

Now, back to the rose garden.....here is some progress for this week!  I'm pretty happy besides a few yellow and sketchy black spot looking leaves.  Enjoy  and please leave a comment!

The first picture is from April 16th - the rose garden.

The next group are from April 22-24th - just look how much they grew when some warmer weather popped in - and then a full day of rain - which made the ground very soggy.  I had just watered thoroughly - not realizing we were going to get that much rain.  Some of the bushes suffered - with leaves turning yellow at the tips and some at the bottoms of the bushes turning full on yellow and I pulled them off.  I sprayed extra yesterday with a concoction of malathion and Daconil - changed it up for this time.  I have been spraying every 7 days with Bayer disease control - but it has no insect control.  I have spotted lots of aphids on our hibiscus which are planted all around our garden and some on the other side of the privacy fence Mike built for the roses.

April 16

Friday, April 8, 2016

Progress Report in the Rose Garden

Here are a few pictures showing the growth of our new roses.  We've had really great weather - some rain and lots of sunshine.  The only thing challenging has been one night below freezing and the frost did hurt a few leaves on two bushes - but not enough to cause damage to the canes.  I had them covered even though I know they are supposed to be able to take it.  Tomorrow night we will have 28 degree weather again and I will cover them along with all our other bedding plants recently planted in our gardens around the yard.

The copper wire is our electric fence to ward off deer at night

The clematis today has doubled from this photo a week ago

This is my 2 year old round garden of ground cover roses  (Drift roses) and they are really doing great this year  disease and bug free naturally!

My husband also built this trellis just for the Joseph's Coat climber - planted in the center of the bric box - he also cut back the bushes in the center - there is a large area in there for the rose to grow.  Its there too!!  I am spraying this area with Liquid fence to keep the deer away just in case they discover our outposts of climbers around the yard.

Our dogwood a week and a half ago - it is now bloomed out

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I see shoots!!  The McCartney rose bush was sent to me with these leaves on it - it is behind the bare root Mr. Lincoln

A view from the corner

our azalea hedge down the side of our yard - before the frost last Tuesday night

miniature rose that m husband picked up at Lowes and some snapdragons

I have 24 roses in this garden

Had to show this one shot of our pergola over the patio - the Wisteria is in bloom - we have white and lavender