Monday, May 23, 2011

What's happin in the garden now...

Mother Nature has finally stopped drenching us with deluges of rain. Now we are getting the usual tropical spring-like 1/4" here and there. Good for getting out and doing some weeding. It has been difficult to get pots planted and to keep up with the weeds that savor this weather.

I did a project with my Dearly Beloved this past week. I had this Red climbing rose that I planted under the apple tree. I had this vision of red roses blooming with the white blooms of the tree. Well, that never will happen because the tree blooms earlier and the rose simply doesn't want to go up the tree. So I had a dinky little trellis for the rose to go up and then I thought it would latch onto or at least lean into the apple tree to grow.  The rose and I were not on the same thought path. It just flopped back onto itself on the little trellis. I couldn't stand to see it. I thought it had so much more potential.
I went shopping for a big tall trellis. There are none here in town so I got the ole thinking cap on and started looking at the farm stores. After consulting my post hole digger (my DB) I finally decided to have 4 posts put in and then we nailed a 16' cattle fence section to it. I think I am going to be very pleased with this. The rose has lots of room to grow.
I am also going to get that red and white flower color here. The Viburnum on the left side of the path is blooming along with the rose. Don't you just love those happy accidents. The poor rose had to be disentangled from the small trellis. It was a little shocked at its handling but I hope it will be the better for it.
Plus I will have room on the opposite side to grow another climber. I wish I knew the name of this rose. It blooms only once per year at this time. It has lots of blooms when it does bloom. It is a tough old rose too. It has been moved a couple other times before it landed in this spot which it obviously likes. I am not one to coddle roses either so it gets whatever is being fed to plants around it. Sometimes it gets a little black spot but I don't bother with that. I am usually too busy to notice really. 
Do you have a project that you have completed lately?

24 comments:

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa,

DB has made a great job of the arch. The rose growing over it looks stunning. I love red roses.
Strange, I bought a red climber last year. I bought an obelisk for it to climb hoping it would reach the dogwood and make it's journey through that. Like your rose, it is not co-operating and usually flops around in the breeze. I shall have to think again.....

No projects at the moment......too tired to even think about them.

Still in need of rain here.....none in the forecast...sigh!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Thanks Cheryl. I hope you have some rain soon. This is a long drought for your area. Try to get some rest.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Lisa, I had to come and tell you that your Rose arbor is a brilliant idea. I love it. Might just steal the idea one day. :))We got MORE rain today. Some get none and others ..US..would rather see it move on for awhile.

Patsi said...

I know what you mean about getting trellises tall enough or even wide enough. We got 2 tall ones and put them side by side and extended the bottom. It worked.
Looks like your roses will be so much happier now. Sure are pretty.

beckie said...

Lisa, what a brilliant idea! I love the look of it and was thinking it wouldn't take much to put a top on it-a real rose arbor. :)

Marguerite said...

What a lovely arch. It seems to me that many times what I need is never sold in the garden store. Gardeners have to be very innovative at times to get what we need.

SandyCarlson said...

That looks great. You do a super job in your garden. I admire your ability.

Thanks for the link via email!

Q said...

Your rose arbor already looks wonderful.
Like you I do not coddle roses....do you make rose water? I find it so refreshing in the summer.
My husband just put in another flowerbed.
I needed a place to grow zinnias and sunflowers.
Lots of rain here too.
Sherry

Julie said...

What a grand trellis you devised!! I love this! Brilliant! Especially since you are getting your white in there too! Maybe there is another color rose that blooms year-round, or a different time of year that you could start on other end! That would be really neat!

Rose said...

Lisa, your new arbor looks great! Kudos to DB for completing this. It looks very sturdy, too. My son and Mr. P put together my metal arbor bench this spring, but every time we had a strong wind, it blew over. I finally had to put some rebar in the ground to anchor it. So far it's held up, which is good, because I have plants all around it now. I have a climbing red rose on one side of it, which I hope one day will be as lovely as yours.

garden girl said...

LOVE the new trellis Lisa - very resourceful and creative! I can imagine what it will look like with a rose on the other side, and as they grow into one another - very beautiful and romantic!

Commonweeder said...

I love your arbor! I wish I could get a climber to actually climb. I haven't given up trying though.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lisa girl that was a fantastic idea!
Well done YOU : ) .. I love how it looks with the viburnum beside it.
I hate to coddle roses too but I do that trick with the epsom salts .. scratch a circle around the rose and sprinkle half a cup of it once a month starting in May (I did mine today) and the magnesium fortifies the rose against problems like black spot. You get fantastic flowers too!
My project was today .. get some control over my vines and then rip up the front bed and replant it .. we have at least 3 rain days coming so it was the best time to do it.
I am exhausted though .. I need three days to recover !! haha
Joy

Annie in Austin said...

When you put on that thinking cap - wonderful things happen, Lisa! Very cool trellis design and good timing for the viburnum. After all the rain the rose should grow like mad!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

verobirdie said...

What a clever girl you are! This rose will love this place even more.

Lola said...

Good job on the trellis. I had a rose that grew 5 chain link fence sections. I had to get rid of it as it was taking over. It was a pretty pink, blooms in clusters of 7/9 blooms. After digging it up last yr. it still came back from the roots this yr.
We need rain too. I finished a project that I started 2 yrs ago. Using it for more veggie room this yr. till I decide what else I really want in it. Living in town makes for cramped gardening.

Meems said...

Hi Lisa,
Oh, I think you and the rose are going to be very happy with this solution. It is a beautiful bloomer right now... too bad it is only once a year. Projects going all the time but my latest one is to pull out all the volunteer boston fern (sword fern) from one of my beds. It is a pain around here and given any time it will choke out all the other tropicals. Oh, and finish planting my 400 caladiums bulbs. It's getting really hot and humid down here. Enjoy your spring garden.
Meems

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Necessity and the mother of invention. I love your new arbor. I love that you made it too. Your red rose now has the potential of growing big and strong. I tried growing roses in trees too. It didn't work for me either.~~Dee

Anonymous said...

I love your arbor! I have 2 round posts that I was considering returning - now I guess I'll have to get 2 more. I'm so glad I decided to visit. You comment on many of the blogs I read but I think this is my first time here (but who knows, I get often get lost in blog land). Today I came over via Outside Clyde.

Barbara H.

Anonymous said...

Silly me. It was via Dirt Therapy, not Outside Clyde.

Barbara H.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hello everyone. I usually answer comments via your own blog but lately Blogger hasn't let me post comments. I know I am not the only one this is happening to. It is very frustrating. You can be sure I appreciate your comments and am visiting your blogs too. Have a nice weekend.

cyndy said...

That is a great arbor!

Kudos to your DB for having his PHD ;-)

What a lovely spot you have both created, a nice place to spend an afternoon in June!

Barbara said...

What a good job you did with your red rose. It will like the place and grow even better. I do not coddle my roses either, there are too many of them. We now finally got the necessary rain...I hope it was not too late for all the thursty plants.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Great new home for the rose. I had a red one that looked rather similar — unknown, of course — at my former garden. Have always regretted not bring a piece of it here. Nothing like a rose that can take a little tough love!