Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Potting, and more potting....

The peach, magnolias and wisteria are potted up.  I may set the raspberry free to roam.

'FlordaKing' peach
Chinese Wisteria
I would love to let the wisteria run through the driveway trees, but it's poisonous. But wouldn't it be lovely draped in purple blossoms every spring?

On the left-
'Jane' magnolia

On the right-
'Ann' magnolia
 Minnie Belle has been droopy since she arrived.  Hopefully she'll perk up now that she's been repotted.  Minnie Belle was bred by Mike Shoup of Antique Rose Emporium.
Minnie Belle

The tangerines are still going strong.  Both produced fruit this winter.  Tasty!

  'Lady Banks' didn't do much last year; she has little buds now.

All of the plumeria have their claws out.

 Other bloomers today-


Reine des Violettes

Love Song

and hitchhiking clover in nearly every pot

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is here and it's time for a little re-potting and a few new plants.  I lost quite a few roses last summer; just too darn hot.  I added 14 plumerias last year and they've come through the winter with no problems.

Some blooms from last year-

Blueberry Hill

Bouquet d'Or

Leonardo da Vinci

Clementina Carbonieri


Mystery Rose #1

Purple Rain


Violet Mist

World War II Memorial
         I've added some wires so the Teas and Ramblers can ramble.

Clair Matin
Mme. Alfred Carriere
The azaleas and orchids are popping out too.

I have 72 roses and ordered 33 more! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

The French Are Here!

The French imports from Vintage Gardens arrived yesterday! They all look good- that long one is Frederic II de Prusse. The others are Triomphe de la Duchere, Ornement des Bosquets, and Florence Ducher.  I missed out on Earl of Eldon. 
French imports from Vintage Gardens

Earlier in the week, the Jude the Obscure replacement arrived- and he brought along three friends.  The Impressionist, Desiree, and Bishop's Castle.
from Heirloom Roses

Oh!  The Antique Rose Emporium has selected me to participate in their 2013-2014 Rose Trial!  They want to encourage more fall rose plantings. I'll be comparing the Monsieur Tillier rose from this fall to another they will send in the spring. 

I'll leave you with this dainty beauty, 'Natchitoches Noisette'. (pronounced Nak-uh-tish)
'Natchitoches Noisette'

Friday, October 11, 2013

I'm Ba-a-ck!

 I didn't really go anywhere, just busy with other things- house, horses, work, kids, classic cars.
We've had more rain in the past three weeks than the last three years.  We really needed it, but it didn't have to fall all at once.  My driveway is now across the street.

Forty roses have survived the summer heat and humidity, and not the ones I expected. They're mostly Hybrid Teas and David Austins.  Weird, huh?  And all but 2 are from Heirloom Roses.
Glamis Castle
Grande Dame

Most of the climbers are happy. Love Song is doing great and Jasmina loves it here.
Love Song

Jude is not too pleased though. His replacement is on the way!

I'm not at all happy with Hortico.  It took a month to get an answer- no refund, but they agreed to send to send replacements this fall.  So now I've sent 3 emails to remind them and (surprise! surprise!) no reply.  I will never order from them again,nor recommend them.

I stumbled upon a new nursery, Angel Gardens. Well, new to me anyway.  I don't know how I missed her before.  I placed an order and Pam called the next day!  She suggested a few different roses and promptly shipped them.  They dropped their all leaves but that happens.

Little blooms on Souvenir de la Malmaison and Monsieur Tiller.
Souvenir de la Malmaison

Monsieur Tillier    

Thursday, May 16, 2013


I went out this morning to take some pics and play with my new camera.  I wanted to see what "Magic" does.  Pretty cool!  Besides fish eye, pinhole, panorama and soft focus- it does


I really like those last two, so I thought I'd mosey over and get some uncluttered pics of the foals.  And that's when I stepped on this-
I didn't know I could still move that fast!  It didn't even rattle.  So first I shot it with my camera, then I really shot it!

That kid is 6' 2"!   I think I just found something to do indoors...all day!