Bloom Thyme Friday: Add. Subtract. Relocate. 

Yes, this week has been about adding, subtracting and relocating.


Take a look! I went shopping and found these beautiful plants on sale. Just what I needed for my new project!

New Project: I am adding new perennials to extend my border of cutting flowers. I’ll also add roses, herbs, ground covers and some annuals in the spring! For now I’m getting these beautiful bargains planted! 

Border this July…

Current situation … Buckets, tools and pots everywhere!

It’s Phenomenal!

One of the plants I am adding is a new lavender I found! Phenomenal Lavender is said to be a winter hardy variety that is also disease resistant as well as heat and humidity resistant. I plant lavender every year and have tried several varieties but the “come back” rate is low. Phenomenal Lavender was named Must Grow Perennial for 2013 by Better Homes and Gardens. Let’s hope it lives up to it’s name! Have you grown it?

Jackson and Perkins has “Phenomenal” for sale, if you are interested. Here.

Perle d’Or Rose

Chamblee Roses is sending me two Perle d’Ors next week. I can’t wait to have these roses.

This picture is from the Antique Rose Emporium website (link)

Perle d’Or is a fragrant old garden rose that was bred in France and introduced in 1884. In this country, this rose has been tested through the Earth Kind program, proven itself and came out on top in 2007 when it was named Earth Kind Rose of the Year.  Some articles say it is good for Zone 5 or warmer and some say Zone 6. With this in mind, I plan to keep these little babies in the potting shed this winter and have them in containers on the deck next summer. It may be a few years before I plant them in the ground.


One of the few things I am subtracting this year is a beautiful rose that came down with Crown Gall. I had never had gall in my rose garden before—actually I had never even seen it before except in pictures. Needless to say I am not a fan. I took some good advice and removed the plant. If you want to know more about this yucky stuff, read on. #gross #enoughsaid 😷😳


I have been grooming a tiny Peggy Martin Rose I was given to have a prominent place in the garden. The location has been decided … on the trellis by the porch of my potting shed. I know. I know. She could get very happy and engulf the potting shed. But today I am okay with that. Having this rose in this space will bring me so much pleasure. My tiny little plant has grown 4′ this year and is ready to move.

I have not been sure what I wanted in this space since I lost my gorgeous New Dawn 3 years ago to RRD. It was heartbreaking, but now I’m going to give Peggy a chance to add the wow to the entrance to my special place.

Here is a picture of 4-year old Peggy on one of my arbors in early June.

Want to see New Dawn in her prime! Here she is…

Yes, she has been missed but hope springs eternal for gardeners and next spring we will watch Peggy grow!

I don’t know about where you are but our weather has turned cold! I don’t know what this early cold snap says about our winter! Mr. G is hoping for a lot of snow. He might just get it.

I usually wish you a happy bloom thyme Friday. And, I do wish you all the best, but it is hard for me to say the word happy. My friends in Texas are on my mind and in my heart constantly. Let’s keep praying for them and helping where we can.

8 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme Friday: Add. Subtract. Relocate. 

  1. Did you remove the New Dawn? If I could get mine to bloom so profusely, I’d be happy. Needs more light, I think. I looked at my order at ARE today and realized I have too many climbers, but some of the “coziest” and most glorious old roses are climbers. Thanks for the tip re Jackson & Perkins. I live in North Louisiana hill country, but still lots of humidity and heat, so I’ve given up on lavender. Hard to grow here even as summer pot plant. But I didn’t know about the J&P SALES SITE. AS ALWAYS, A LUCIOUS POST. GAYE INGRAM

  2. Very excited about your Perle d’Or roses, Teresa! How exciting to have roses bred by Joseph Rambaux, Francis Dubreuil’s father-in-law, so much wonderful history associated with this rose and I look forward to seeing it growing in containers, perhaps I could do the same!

  3. Will be interested to follow your new lavender. I have poor survival rates here with Hidcote and Munstead Wood. Cooler here too in central VA with leavings from Harvey here today…market day…the moisture is welcomed, the loss of income is not.

  4. Lovely photos as always, Teresa! As for lavender, I too have tried numerous cultivars, and most have died. The exception so far has been ‘Grosso’, which has done much better than all other cultivars. In early spring of 2016 I rooted 16 cuttings of Grosso and planted some of them around roses in an unprotected garden that is exposed to wind and cold, where all other lavender cultivars have died. About half of the ‘Grosso’ rooted cuttings survived the winter and are doing well. I too am trying ‘Phenomenal’ for the first time this season, so it remains to be seen whether it will outperform ‘Grosso’ for me. They are all in that unprotected garden too.

  5. I hope you have success with a lavender. It would be such a nice companion and accent in your perennial bed. It grows like a weed here, partly because of the very sandy soil and mild winters. Have you tried growing it in a medium sized container with potting mix, then putting it in your shed for the winter?

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