Archive for the ‘roses’ Category

Plants that fooled drought

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 Posted in Late spring flowers, Nurseries, drought, garden design, lawn replace, native plants, plant propagation, roses | 12 Comments »

Yessiree, we all got spring early when many plants bloomed a month ahead of schedule. But I got one last blast with this Dutch iris on April 1. Guess it wanted to fool us. Peggy Martin is not fooling around this ...

My garden’s out of control!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, bulbs, early spring flowers, garden design, garden projects, native plants, passalong plants, poppies, pruning, roses | 35 Comments »

I’ve created a madhouse. I knew I needed to thin spiderworts, larkspurs and poppies, but I just couldn’t bear it. So now I’m  pulling some out since they’re suffocating everything underneath. Good grief, we have poppies that are 4’ tall! Others, along with ...

Drought didn’t make it to my spring party

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 Posted in drought, native plants, roses, shade plants | 12 Comments »

Ready or not, here I come with the pruners!  It’s safe now to prune evergreens, Texas sage (cenizo), thryallis, and shrimp plants like these. I’ll cut them down to a foot or so to encourage fluffy growth.  Since the thryallis didn’t ...

Homegrown perfume factory

Thursday, March 1st, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, bulbs, garden design, native plants, passalong plants, roses, trees, wildlife | 14 Comments »

Right now, my garden is a perfume factory working overtime. Mountain laurel blossoms mingle with the sweetness of bridal-gowned Mexican plum. Beneficial insects swoop between them and ‘Spring Bouquet’ viburnums. As I pruned ‘Maggie’ at last, I had to stop now and ...