Today it is sunny and cold. I love the sun, BUT it allowed that Groundhog to see his shadow and I was not fond of that. His prediction is that there is 6 more weeks of winter. I am pleading with spring to defy the groundhog and come up with a better plan.
With all that said, Groundhog Day is kinda fun. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
This weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas where the badger (German: dachs) is the forecasting animal. This appears to be an enhanced version of the lore that clear weather on Candlemas forebodes a prolonged winter.
The Groundhog Day ceremony held at Punxsutawney in central Pennsylvania, centering around a semi-mythical groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, has become the most attended.
Yea, it’s fun to hear all about it and see them get dressed up and all … I just hope winter doesn’t go on and on and on until we begin to feel like Bill Murray. #groundhogdaythemovie 😳😳😳
GOOD NEWS: I heard today on Instagram from my friends @maplehurstgardens, located in NJ, that The Groundhog predictions are mostly wrong. #thatswhatimtalkingabout
LET’S SPRING AHEAD
While we are thinking about spring, I am wondering what are your favorite spring blooms. Here are two of mine:
Dogwood Trees (we have 5)
At just the right time spring will come and we will have the pleasure of watching our garden being reborn. And….
While I was at the Biltmore Rose Trials my neighbor called and said there is a big box on my front porch — it might be roses. YIKES! That week the temps in our area were in the mid 90s. She took them home for me and took great care of them while I was away. Big shout out to my special friend Z! A trip to the Biltmore winery unearthed the perfect gift to reward her for her quick response! 💪🏻 👊🏻
I returned home to a beautiful box of strong, healthy Jackson and Perkins roses to test in my garden. Savannah, Belinda’s Dream and Jasmine! Gorgeous all.
SO MUCH PINKNESS! Be still my heart!
Savannah: A lovely, fragrant Hybrid Tea was a big winner at the 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials … Best Hybrid Tea, Most Fragrant, and Most Outstanding Rose of the Trial (Best in Show). Read more here.
From Jackson and Perkins website: Savannah™ Sunbelt ® boasts silky petals that go from powder pink to deep salmon. Their large flowerheads rest against a handsome backdrop of glossy dark green foliage that holds its tidy and shapely form quite well. Punishing heat and high humidity do nothing to diminish the extravagant beauty. Not even diseases like Black Spot and Powdery Mildew dare challenge this sweetest of roses.
Last year I added one Savannah. It is doing very well and I look forward to having more to test for this area.
Belinda’s Dream: An Earth Kind shrub rose that I have grown, but never had out in the garden. I have grown this rose in a container on the deck.
From Jackson and Perkins website: The romantic, arching habit of grandmother’s cottage garden rose, plus modern vigor. You owe it to your gardening forebearers to take a look at this charming rose. Bred by a mathematics professor(Dr. Robert Basye) who spent his life trying to knock out blackspot in the roses he bred (with a good bit of success, we might add!), ‘Belinda’s Dream’ is a lavish, over-the-top fragrant beauty of soft pink with an old-fashioned habit, petal-packed hybrid tea bloom form, and disease-resistant foliage that stands up to the worst summer heat and humidity.
Time will tell! I am expecting GREAT things. More information here on Earth Kind roses…. here.
Jasmina: I have wanted this climbing rose ever since I saw Bill Kozemchak’s pictures on Facebook!
From the Jackson and Perkins website: Jasmine is part of the Arborose® series, which means it is not your average climbing rose! The flowers are bigger and come in greater numbers. The canes are softer, making them easier to train onto any structure. The plant has fantastic own-root vigor and resistance to the biggest rose killers: cold, powdery mildew, and blackspot
Thanks to its flexible canes and fantastic performance, Jasmina™ is a dream to grow near practically any garden structure. Plant it this season and enjoy its soft beauty and rich, fruity fragrance for years to come! Zones 5 to 9.
Hey, Annie, here’s Savannah getting her first drink of Moo Poo Tea just like all the other roses in my garden.
And, to my friends at Jackson and Perkins … a big Thank You!
Fall is here. Spring is 166 days away.
Regardless of the season, let’s bloom wherever we are planted!
First up, winning 4 of the 7 awards for 2017 is Screaming Neon – including Most Outstanding rose of the trial. A rose you couldn’t miss. A beautiful, healthy rose just covered in bloom. It showed no sign of disease. This rose will be beautiful in your garden or landscape!
Awards for Screaming Neon were:
Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant
Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub
William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit
And, the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding rose of the trial!
Ping’s roses have won in these trials before…
2015’s Gilded Age Award for Best Climber — ‘Flying Kiss.’ 2016’s Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea — ‘Double 10’
Ping Lim also won the Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda with the lovely Lion King.
The gorgeous Anastasia, bred by Michel Adam, won the Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid tea.
And, TADA, the coveted Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for theMost Fragrant rose goes to Dee-Lish. This rose is from the esteemed House of Meilland.
Our time on the Biltmore Estate was lovely as always. It is a magical place especially when you have the opportunity to be in the garden when it is shrouded in fog. Enchanting. Magical.
If you have not visited the Biltmore, do put it on your list. You will love anytime of year, BUT ESPECIALLY when the roses are in bloom.
Come on in…
These hats & ladies are winners!
Too much fun!
Fun times with my rosebud Susan Fox
Jon Parker, Biltmore Rosarian
Up Close and Personal
Paul Zimmerman gets the party started.
All rosey with our ARS President Pat Shanley.
Chris & Tina VanCleave looking so fine!
Beauty at every turn.
Fog and roses … a winner every time!
He’s the best!
It has been quite a week. Color me a happy gardener…
Hope you have a fabulous weekend and a Happy Bloom Thyme Friday!