As they say, make new friends and keep the old…one is silver the other gold!

Sometimes when I look out the window at the garden I still freak out that my long-time friend the 60 ft maple is gone (lightning) taking the shade garden with it. However, I am very excited about the new patio and the new plant additions and excited to watch them grow. But, I sure hope they grow fast!

With all the new plants, it is sure nice to be greeted by some old friends–like 20+ year old lilacs and a couple of 15+ year old crabapple trees.

And, when the weather is just a wee bit better, there are more new plants coming, including an obscene amount of roses! I love spring.

New Bill Warriner Rose (that makes 3)
New Sargent Crabapple Tree (2)
New Wichita Blue Spruce (2)
New home for mini frog pond
Old Lilac getting ready to bloom
Crabapple showing off
Old friend Fred is back and hiding under a leaf
New home for astilbe

New and Improved

I love lilacs but they bloom early and then we are left with a big leafy bush that is susceptible to powdery mildew.

Proven Winners says you can have healthy lilacs all summer with their Bloomerang Purple

Enjoy classic lilac fragrance for months instead of weeks!  Bloomerang blooms in spring and then again throughout the summer. It does go through a rest period in the heat of the summer …  then fragrant flowers continue until frost.

Requires well-drained soil and full sun. Remove spent blooms promptly to encourage reblooming. Prune to shape after blooming. Flower production may decline during extremely hot summers but will resume when temperatures cool in fall. Apply a controlled release fertilizer in the spring. This variety has good powdery mildew resistance.

Reblooming AND powdery mildew resistant!
SOLD! I just purchased 5. I’ll keep you posted…

Have you ever grown this variety?

Beautiful!

Roses are waking up…

Oh the miracle that is April. In February when I looked out at the rose garden through snow and ice and more snow and ice, I thought that this could be a year when the roses refuse to wake up. But, they are not only waking up, they look strong and healthy! With a little pruning, a little fertilizer and some nice spring rains, they will be more than ready to show off in early June!

I think we are on the right path…

100 bags of top soil and 52 brick stepping stones later and the new pathways are taking shape. I won’t even bore you with the details of how many times I have moved and “tweaked” the stone path but, let’s just say — enough! Looking good…