As I get older I am concerned about the high-maintenance roses I have. They require a lot of pruning, watering, deadheading and fertilizing. I suppose I could just keep the knockouts and other shrub roses that don't really need a lot of fussing over. For the past two years I've had five roses out back that barely flower, if at all. Three of these are from the beginning, in 2006. Maybe they're just worn out. I don't know. I'd like to pull them out and replace them with Lady Elsie May, which is an Energizer bunny of a rose, and huge.
Then I remember this:
|That's little Lucy last year.|
I've also become interested in extending the gardening season from its peak in mid-July. I used to get a third flush of roses but not in recent years. This year I've worked on the "bones" that will enhance the winter garden - the "transplanted" arbor and new boxwood. I also decided to plant the new garden in front of the front porch (see below) as a winter and early spring garden, with a (transplanted) dwarf blue spruce, Alberta spruce, redtwig dogwood, possibly boxwood, and spring bulbs.