Bloom Thyme Friday: Waiting

Who’s good at waiting? Pardon me while I do NOT rush to raise my hand. Is there an emoji for that?? Well this one will work… 👎🏻

I’m not sure if my kids still remember much about the great stuff “we” learned from Mr. Rogers when they were little, but I sure haven’t forgotten many of them. During January we certainly find ourselves playing the waiting game on some of the fun things we want to do. It’s just a little too early for me to start filling the winter jugs with seeds or to start very many seeds. So I hum “Let’s think of something to do while we are waiting.” If you want to go down memory lane or need a pep talk on waiting, here is the man himself… LINK The link takes you to Fred Roger’s Facebook page… Good stuff!! Do you have a fav tune from “the neighborhood” ?

Seriously, I have plenty to do! I am still deep into going through the potting shed and deciding what I really need in there. This task is not easy as I want to toss everything because of the over crowding problem I have in the winter time. But my topiaries and other cuttings sure deserve their safe space even if it is less than the acceptible amount of “personal space” that is typically needed.

LISTS AND MORE LISTS

Yes, I am still organizing seeds and seed starting supplies. And making plans! And I did start a few seeds… Lisianthus seeds. (Voyage 2 BLue from Johnny’s.) They take a very long time to germinate and grow. The blooms are just the best in arrangements but they are known for making us wait a very long time for them. ⏳

For the first time I have made a list of everything I’m growing from seed and when it needs to be planted whether inside or out.💥This is going to be so helpful to me! Once the craziness starts I won’t have to think about it!

ROSE LIST

I am also updating my comprehensive list of roses. Who I have, how it did last year and any special things they might need this year.

And, I’m looking to see who needs a neighbor – yes I have roses coming that I am not sure where they are doing to fit. 🙄 🌹

These tasks are surely bolstered by looking at pictures from last year. They spur me on!

CRITTERS

Mr. G and I are working on our plan of attack for the critters we know will come. I think we are going to put up some temporary fencing around our raised beds so the baby plants have a chance from the cats, squirrels, ground hogs, opossums, raccoons and deer. Yes, last year we had them all! They all “smiled” for the critter cam! I’ve also purchased some all mesh trash cans that will work well as protective cloches for some individual plants.

Obviously critters are a problem for many — yesterday the Gardener’s Supply catalog came and there were so many pages dedicated to critter and frost protection! Some excellent solutions!

JOURNALING

I think record keeping is very important! Last year I had a “fancy” garden journal. Beautiful cover, cute illustrations, prompts for what to write about, calendar spaces, and stickers. It was great but I found I didn’t write in it as much as I should have. So this year I am going old school with a pencil and a plain brown notebook and I’m writing each day. Last year’s journal is being used as a prompt for the kind of info I do want to jot down and just for “pretty.” I love looking at it and it is a good record for the times I did write.  And, I bought stickers! 

ROSE SALE

If you are local, the Indianapolis Rose Society is having their annual sale. The roses we sell come potted and ready to bloom! In the past the plants have been some of the best I have ever seen. I keep hearing that roses are hard to come by for some so if you are interested…

INDIANAPOLIS ROSE SOCIETY ROSE SALE

As in the past, the roses will be available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis, so don’t delay!
VIEW THE ROSE LIST FROM LINK BELOW…2022 IRS Rose Sale w_ final Substitutions FINALVIEW
To place orders or to get more information, contact us here.

PRICES…

IRS MEMBERS:David Austin: $33
All Other Roses: $28

NON MEMBERS:David Austin: $38
All Other Roses: $33

PAYMENT: Roses must be pre-paid. Contact us to make payment arrangements HERE.
PICKUP: Pickup will be sometime in April. Exact day/time/location to be determined at a later date

If you are interested in society membership, read on here.


UPCOMING PROGRAM ON CLIMBING ROSES

The Indianapolis Rose Society welcomes Bill Kozemchak to talk about climbing roses. This is a Zoom meeting so I hope you can attend! For all the details, read on here

HOUSEPLANTS FOR THE WIN

This time of year I do love to care for my houseplants. I will confess they get little of me the most of the time. This week my amaryllis is a show stopper and the orchid is primed and ready to bloom. Last year it bloomed for 5 months! I am starting a few things from cuttings and all’s right with the world when I have a sprig of something in water.

So if you need me, I’ll probably be drinking cofee, making lists and dreaming of warmer days.

Bloom Thyme Friday: A Dreamy Start

The holidays are wonderful and I don’t want to miss a moment but December 26 starts the first phase of garden thyme. I’ve made peace with January by using it as my month to plot, to plan and to dream. Getting organized now is a game-changer for having more time to enjoy the busy spring to come. There is much to do…

  • Catalogs to pour over. 
  • Books and blogs to read. 
  • Finalize seed orders.
  • Love on your houseplants.
  • Make sure seed starting supplies are ready.
  • Taking walks in the winter garden. 
  • Cook! (Am I the only one who rarely cooks in the spring?)

SPEAKING OF DREAMY!

Have you seen the David Austin 2022 handbook? Oh. My. Word. Every year this just gets better and better. If you did not receive one, click click here for a virtual version for you to enjoy.

NEW US RELEASES

SILAS MARNER


The handbook calls this rose an “unfussy” rose with a medium to strong old rose fragrance. WIN! Growth habit is said to be a medium-size shrub with arching canes. Most of my David Austins grow quite large so it might be best to give them some space until you know. Just look at those ruffled petals. 🥰  You can find more information on this rose HERE.

THE COUNTRY PARSON

“A pretty yet feisty rose of Scottish descent.” 💛💛💛  This healthy, robust rose is said to be a power bloomer all season long with a medium-strong fruity fragrance! It is also on the smaller side for an Austin — 3.5′ x 3.5′. Wasn’t it just last year that I said I need more yellow roses!?! You can find more information on this rose HERE.


THE YEAR OF…

January is also a great time to check out the National Garden Bureau’s “YEAR OF” plants. What a great way to get in-depth information on these varieties including history, growing tips, and many super fun facts! This year’s list is extra special as it has many of my favs! Click here to read all about them!

THIS AND THAT

🌹If you haven’t been able to find the Garden Gate Magazine with the article about my garden – A Rose Lovers Retreat, here is a pdf for you. LINK


🎙 Rose Chat will start back very soon. I have some great guests lined up! If you need to catch up on last year’s shows, here’s a LINK.


As I write I am looking out my window at birds at our filling stations. Yesterday we even saw bluebirds! Woodpeckers are very plentiful. One Pileated Woodpecker is just huge and bent on feeder domination. Thanks, Mr. G for keeping the feeders filled with good stuff. We did not get the snow that so many of you did but our temps went from near 60 earlier in the week to 13 last night. Our prayers go out to those of you dealing with extreme situations – especially those who have lost power. Be safe!

I continue to find more Roses and Dahlias that I need but more on that later. 🙄

Friends, until next time, enjoy your time to plan, plot and DREAM.


BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: A GREAT ENDING

FAMILY TIME

2020 and 2021 have not been easy on any of us. Mercy the lows we have all experienced. The lows teach us so much – especially to appreciate time with family and friends above all else. Mr. G and I have had a great ending to 2021 … special time with our family both in England and the US. Not easy in the current world climate so we are feeling extra grateful.

MAGAZINE FUN

Something else contributing to a good ending to 2021, learning I have an article in the January/February edition of Garden Gate Magazine. It was incredibly special to host Sr. Editor of Garden Gate Magazine, James Baggett, and Photographer, Jack Coyier, and the bonus was the article! I have followed the career and editorial work of James through the years and have been inspired by him over and over especially when he was editor of Country Gardens magazine. Meeting James and having James and Jack here was truly a bucket list moment. Yes, I did pull out my copy of the magazine where he was first named editor of Country Gardens magazine. Anyone remember the #raiseyourtrowel moment?

The magazine is out and I hope you grab a copy – not just for my article but in true Garden Gate fashion, the magazine is filled to the brim with information and inspiration to launch your garden year! If you cannot find a physical copy, you can purchase a digital copy for under $5.00 HERE


THE ULTIMATE JOY

Luke 2 records the miraculous story of Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, and the journey that brought them together to bring us the best gift of all. We are incredibly grateful for the baby in the manger that was willing to go to the cross for us promising eternal life with him.

The sweet voice of Linus tells it well… 

COMING SOON!

Ready or not, soon we turn the calendar. Most years that is a very exciting time for me. But, I have learned to be a bit more skeptible on what we might find on the otherside. Regardless of what the world offers, let’s work hard to make our part of the world reflect all the good as we keep the love of Christmas tucked into our hearts. Wasn’t it Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be.” #realtalk


MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIENDS!

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: FALLING INTO FALL

I am always late to the fall party … spend too much time pouting about the end of the growing season. But, I do eventually get there! And usually, it is just in time for the first snow which we had this week. Fresh snowfall refreshes the soul and makes everything look enchanting.

FALL WORK

When the sun is shining and I’m in the garden I forget what’s to come and just enjoy being there. There’s much to do. I am now on day three of trimming roses. It takes a while because I can never stay on one task. I am a garden project hopper.

I am also adding sulfur to the beds. A soil test revealed my pH was high and it was recommended I add sulfur. The lab I used for the soil test was A & L Great Lakes Labs. LINK HERE

The final fall task will be to rake up debris from some of the beds and add a layer of shredded leaves which we have in abundance this year thanks to our neighbor who is treating all the neighbors on our street by “mowing” and shredding the leaves from their yards! So, they are literally being shredded and bagged for me! So grateful as typically we have to buy mulch!

BULB PLANTING

I love bulbs and have quite a few but I try to resist planting too many as the foliage they leave behind for such a long, long, long time tends to get in the way of the beauty of my spring “fireworks and fragrance” stage when the old garden roses start doing their thing! They take center stage and the bulbs get a nip in their life cycle if you know what I mean.

This year it was harder than ever to resist buying hundreds of bulbs I can tell you! I am following several people on Instagram that are naturalizing bulbs and they made it so tempting.

But I stayed fairly strong and only planted a few additional bulbs. It was great to get them in the ground and dream of when they will emerge doing their very popular jobs — adding beauty to the end of winter and shouting to the world that spring is coming! For the first time, I also planted a few bulbs in a container on the patio to see how well they will do. 

FALL FOOD

One of the very best things about fall is fall food. It is synonymous with comfort food. So far we have had several favorites… Zuppa Toscana, Chicken Pot Pie, and Chicken Noodle Soup! What food says fall to you?

I also made several batches of caramel dip to share. It is way too good to keep around too long so it must be shared! If you are interested, you can find the recipe HERE.  The next treat to share will be Grandma B’s Fruit Cake Cookies. I know. I know. You’re thinking you wouldn’t like them but I’m telling you, they are not only traditional, they are good! Especially if you add extra coconut! Go ahead, give them a try. Recipe HERE

BLOOM THYME

Let’s talk about my orchid!

I have tried orchids several times in the past and while I enjoy them so much, I could never get a robust rebloom. That story has now changed. At the Awards Banquet for the Indianapolis Rose Society in December  2019, I was given a lovely orchid as a gift for serving as President. 

This year the beautiful orchid came back to life in January sending up 2 strong bloom “spikes.” By February it was blooming and it finished blooming in August! It was glorious! Now it is going again!

In this picture taken yesterday, you can see that the Amaryllis is clearly saying “this is my time to shine” and the Orchid is clearly saying “hold my beer.”  😳😆 They both will be bringing me immense pleasure very soon!

February
July

Want to know my orchid secret? I have a good friend who is a master at growing orchids. The most amazing orchids I have ever seen. He gave me some simple advice and that is what I do. Water every week with soluble orchid fertilizer. Amount? One jigger full of the fertilized water. It works.


BACK TO THE BANQUET

Here are a few pictures from that Indianapolis Rose Society Banquet. Such a beautiful evening together with rose friends. Little did we know how different things would be in a few short months and it would be the last of such events for a good long while.  I so look forward to having them again.

LATEST PODCAST

Last week I chatted with Carrie and Joe Bergs about winter rose care where it gets very cold but we talked about so much MORE than just winter rose care. We talked about roses they love, their hobby of exhibiting roses, mentoring others in their area, and the work they are doing for local societies and the American Rose Society. Joe and Carrie enjoy every aspect of growing roses – a lovely rose power couple. LISTEN HERE

Carrie did a previous Rose Chat podcast, “My Favorite Pink Ladies” where she shares about her favorite old garden roses. Listen HERE

BEST PART OF FALL

It is almost time for the best part of fall … Thanksgiving! A time to count our blessings and enjoy special moments and yummy food with those we love. We’ve learned that holidays can look very different but I’m so impressed with how we have learned to find new ways to celebrate and share. Wishing you a very special week.

Friends, when I count my blessings, I certainly count you. It is wonderful to have a community of like-minded friends who share my love of gardening and roses. Thank you.

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: LET THE SUNSHINE in

Our first “real” frost came this week. Funny, it was sandwiched in between days soaring to near 60. Regardless, the reality is setting in – winter is coming. BONUS: The sun is shining almost every day and if the sun is shining all is good. I’m solar powered!☀️

Garden work the past two weeks has been about getting the last of the potted plants safely inside. Winters here are not only cold they are dark so I bought more grow lights to add in the potting shed and Mr. G’s shoppe. Isn’t he the nicest thing to let my large Myrtle Topiaries hang out there all winter. He may regret saying yes. This will be their first Indiana winter they are going to need all the help we can give them! #rudeawakening 

Grow lights I bought… Clip On (link) and on stand (link

GERANIUMS VS PELARGOnIUMS

Many of the plants that came into the potting shed were scented and zonal “geraniums” (pelargoniums). They are tender plants and of course, we either have to say goodbye or they come inside. The “true” geraniums like Johnson’s Blue, Rozanne, and Dreamland will greet me next spring.

The pelargonium/geranium thing is a bit confusing. The confusion seems to have started as far back as the 17th century when the first pelargoniums were brought to Europe and were called geraniums probably due to how they looked when the experts of the day in taxonomy were making those decisions for us. Want to know more? The Laidback Gardener clears it up! Read on

Regardless of what you decide to call them, these plants are absolutely necessary for my garden as I feel it would be naked without them! 

Look at this”zonal” beauty. So glad I brought her in!
Here you see pelargoniums (zonal and scented) hanging out with my topiaries happy as clams in the sunshine.

POTTING SHED WINTER POPULATION

Some plants are adjusting well to the switch from outside to inside like the evergreen topiaries who don’t seem to notice they moved. The two small lavender topiaries I started from cuttings last year are a different story. They have definitely noticed! One is struggling, and the other one is giving up! 😕

BLOOM THYME

It will take more than 29 degrees to discourage some plants but others have raised the white flag until spring! Like the Dahlias and the Hydrangeas! WO!

Time to dig.

Next up around here will be trimming roses, digging dahlias, more garden clean up and a bit of bulb planting. (I said I wasn’t going to plant bulbs this fall but I’m weak and stores know just where to place them.) 

Friends until next time, wherever you are, whatever the weather stay safe and well. 😘

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: Don’t Wait!

One of the things this season of our world has taught me is don’t wait. 

Last year I experienced…  “Sold Out” on seeds and other garden supplies and shortages of ingredients for holiday favorites. From the look of the aisles in the grocery stores, I’m thinking waiting could be risky business. This week the grocery aisles were very skimpy. 😳

One ingredient that is absolutely necessary for our holiday meals is Pepperidge Farm Herb Classic Stuffing Mix. Following in the tradition of Mr. G’s mother … Our family “dressing” is a mixture of the Pepperidge Farm mix, dried bread, butter, broth, eggs, herbs, celery, and onion. This speaks “holiday” in our family like no other! 

Sometimes this mix is hard to find!  During the original COVID lockdown, I looked and looked and finally was able to order online! You can imagine my delight when last week our local Kroger had all I needed! Let’s say I bought plenty!!! Some will soon be on its way to England. 

What food says “holiday” to you?

DAHLIAS / SEEDS

In the spirit of not waiting, I have placed orders for Dahlias and seeds. #priorities 🙄 I didn’t want to see the “sold out” banner again. I am happy to report seeds are already here safe and sound and waiting their time to shine. Dahlias will come in the spring. ☑️ ☑️

DAHLIA ORDER … FROM SWAN ISLAND  

Swan Island was recommended to me by John Hefner. If you know John, you know that he and Donna have the most amazing garden filled with hundreds of roses and yes beautiful dahlias! There are so many beautiful ones to choose from. My greatest challenge is to NOT buy pink ones because I have so many pink roses.  💞 Here’s a link for Swan Island Don’t wait!

The dahlias below are on order and there are “only” a couple more I am still trying to find. ☑️

THE ROSE WITHOUT A NAME

The Rose Without a Name is a children’s book that shares the story of the Peggy Martin Rose. The book beautifully and thoughtfully weaves a story of hope from hurricane and devastation to rebirth and beauty. I can’t wait to read this book to my grandchildren. 

Read more about this book or purchase here.

HOW ROSES TOUCH OUR LIVES

Speaking of books, a good friend, Teresa Mosher, has written her second book, How Roses Touch our Lives. You can listen to her story of the book and of being a gardener of 40 years. (Pssst: She currently cares for and maintains 42 flower beds, around 200 roses, 1500 perennials, shrubs, and trees.😱) LISTEN HERE

Here is my beautiful friend standing in front of her beautiful rose
‘Perennial Blue’. She loves purple!

BLOOM THYME THIS WEEK

Beautiful visitor
The Potting Shed Window Box is now dressed for the season.

COMING SOON

November is almost here. And, don’t judge us but that will usher in Christmas music season around here. Mr. G makes sure all our favorites fill the airwaves around here! And I bet if we listen closely, we will hear the sounds coming from a home in England that houses 4 little boys. We may be a house divided on how we feel about fall, but this family is a big fan of Christmas. Maybe not the commercial parts but definitely in the celebrating Christ’s birth with loads of family, friends, food, twinkle lights and watching “White Christmas”. Never too many twinkle lights or Bing!

DON’T WAIT

Yes, these days, if you need something it is best not to wait. Supplies for our everyday lives are important but this unpredictable season beckons us not to wait on other more important things too… to say what’s on our hearts … whether it’s You are special, I love you, I’m sorry or something in between. Don’t wait. 😘

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: October Glory

The rains have moved in and the temps are still warm so things are looking lush in the garden again and frost seems to be at least a few weeks out! The roses are at that “messy” stage that comes when you stop deadheading but hips are forming and I do love to see those. Other roses are still giving some beautiful blooms and I’m mixing them with snapdragons and dahlias… 

DAHLIAS

Let me tell you it is hard to go to England or watch Monty Don and crew on Gardener’s World and not fall in love with Dahlias.


This was my second year growing them and I am hooked. And, am spending a good bit of time looking for more. These beauties take late summer bloom thyme to the next level! Some of my dahlias struggled this year as they were in places without adequate sun. Seriously, I don’t know exactly where I am going to plant the new ones — but I’ll think of something – preferably a spot with more sun and there’s always containers!!


Here are my “gateway” dahlias. Most were bought in mixed packages at Lowe’s so I’m not sure of their names. I did plant the beloved Cafe Au Lait but it didn’t do very well for me — again sun was a factor I’m sure.

Click on an image to open the “gallery” feature for a better view.

Cafe au Lait

WINNERS

One of the regional rose trial programs in the US is the American Garden Rose Selections.  They recently released their 2022 winners. As we are planning for what we will grow next year, it is the perfect time to read about these beauties and where they grow best… HERE.

Congratulations to the winners!

Celestial Night
  • Celestial Night by Christian Bedard / Weeks
  • Easy on the Eyes by Tom Carruth / Weeks
  • Pink Freedom by Christian Bedard / Weeks
  • Pretty Polly Pink by David Zlesak / Star

LATEST ROSECHAT PODCAST

GROWING ROSES SUSTAINABLY with Pat Shanley, Past President of the American Rose Society. Pat has an amazing chemical-free garden and wonderful advice for growing roses sustainably! LISTEN HERE.

ME AND ETTA

I just learned that a photo that I took of Proven Winner’s beautiful rose ‘At Last’ (Song by Etta James) will be on the October page of the American Rose Society 2022 Calendar. I feel like with paper I am going full circle. I switched to online calendars a few years ago but I’m now back to paper! If you like paper calendars, this is a beautiful one. You can order them here

At Last

BLOOM THYME

Like it or not, fall is fully upon us. Things look different these days but if we look, we always find beauty – in life and in the garden…

The Generous Gardener

Friends, I hope your fall is going well. Mr. G and I already have a coffee bet on when the first snowfall will be. What do you think? ☕️🍂❄️

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: September assessment

As September comes to a close, I’m moving to a slower pace and taking more time to “just be.” A former colleague was the master of this and this “busy bee” learned the value of slowing down. It is not easy for me to do but I reap the benefits.

Yes,  there’s plenty still to do in the garden but I’m taking more time to enjoy and appreciate. This has been a wonderful week of sunny skies mixed with drenching rain that we have needed for a long time. The cooler temps predicted for the next few days will be the perfect time to start bringing in my topiaries and scented geraniums, take a few more cuttings and harvest herbs.  

Part of the slower pace includes assessments. Mr. G says I say the word “assess” a lot. The fact that he even mentioned it, tells me I do! 🙄  It’s true, I do enjoy “assessing the situation” and making a plan. 

Previous year’s “assessments” led to a plan of adding more flowers and shrubs that are beautiful way into fall. Before, I had so focused on spring and summer (since they are my favs) and didn’t think as much about fall. The plan is paying off. Even with the drought, this has been a great year for late summer and fall bloom.  Plants I’ve added that have made a difference in late beauty:

  • Caryopteris (Bluebeard) I have two varieties Beyond Midnight  and Little Miss Sunshine from Proven Winners  
  • Dahlias
  • More Autumn Joy Sedum
  • Lantana
  • Adding to the Hydrangea collection

The pollinators have noticed! Their pace has not slowed!

Pollinators are loving the Veronica Blue Salvia and Flamenco Rosita!

NEW ROSES

I am also “assessing” the roses I’d like to add next year. With my overcrowding problem, I am finding new homes for some current roses to make room for new ones. 

Christian Bedard sent me the list of Weeks new releases and they look outstanding! See what you think… 

FOREVER AMBER (Tom Carruth)

A medium-size Floribunda with old-fashioned form and fruity fragrance.

POP ART (Christian Bedard)

A medium-tall Grandiflora with spreading habit and old-fashioned form and strong citrus fragrance.

MIDNIGHT FIRE (Christian Bedard)

A miniature rose with very good disease resistance, very double old-fashioned flowers and a mild tea fragrance.

CHANTILLY CREAM (Christian Bedard)

This rose is a medium-tall Hybrid Tea with large blooms that have a strong fruity fragrance.

Sweet Madame Blue (Christian Bedard)

A Floribunda with rounded and bushy growth. Flowers are lavender with magenta centers and have a strong citrus & spice fragrance.

For more information on these roses, read on here.

LATEST PODCASTS

My last two interviews have been with Matt Douglas of High Country Roses. I think you’ll enjoy them.

NEW ROSE STANDOUTS
Matt shares about some of the newer roses on the market that are proving to be standouts! He also gives us a “peek” at new roses soon to be released! A rose that’s perfect for your garden just might be on Matt’s list. LINK

PRESERVING THE CLASSICS

Matt talks about a new venture he is involved with… finding and bringing more roses back into commerce. LINK

You can access these as well as other Rose Chat podcasts on the media player below…

Connie Hilker – Heritage Roses: A Collection of Essays and Lessons Rose Chat Podcast

Connie Hilker – Heritage Roses: A Collection of Essays and Lessons We begin our 10th season of the Rose Chat Podcast with a special broadcast. Collecting and preserving heritage roses has been Connie Hilker’s passion since 2002. This collection of stories follows Connie’s journey from amateur rose rustler to nursery owner, writer, rose consultant, and lecturer who concentrates on the history of heritage roses and their suitability for today’s gardens. In addition to hearing about Connie's book, you'll hear her recent presentation to a group of rose enthusiasts on the history of heritage roses. It's another great episode you don't want to miss! Research the roses Connie mentions on this podcast at  https://helpmefind.com/roses/ Purchase Connie's Book: https://amzn.to/3GzswBv   ROSE CHAT TEAM:   Executive Producer & On-Air Personality: Chris VanCleave – http://www.RedneckRosarian.com Creator of the Rose Chat Podcast. Mr. VanCleave is a nationally known rosarian, television personality, speaker and advocate for the rose.   Content Creator & On-Air Personality: Teresa Byington – http://www.TheGardenDiary.com Co-Host Teresa Byington promotes roses as an integral part of the landscape, as a Consulting Rosarian, Master Gardener, writer, and speaker.   SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to Rose Chat Podcast Updates: http://bit.ly/subscribeROSE   VISIT OUR SPONSOR: Haven Brand Soil Conditionershttp://www.ManureTea.com/shop  
  1. Connie Hilker – Heritage Roses: A Collection of Essays and Lessons
  2. REVIVING ROSES AND COMMUNITIES
  3. NEW IDEAS IN WINTER ROSE CARE
  4. CLASSIC ROSES IN MY GARDEN WITH CAROL MACON
  5. HOW ROSES TOUCH OUR LIVES

THE BEST

This weekend Mr. G and I celebrate 44 years of marriage. My “assessment” of him is that he is the very best!  ❣️

Holding his hand through life is my greatest joy.

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: Dig Deep

Like many of you,  this summer the weather has not been a gardener’s friend. We have had almost no rain for 5 weeks. During most of this time, our ability to water was limited as we dealt with well issues. 


I am looking at my garden as I write today. Every time I look up, I start dividing the plants I see into categories … you are doing well in drought conditions/you are not. 


In almost every case the ones doing the worst are the newest. Shallow roots. 


By definition, roots are that part of a vascular plant normally underground. Their primary functions are:

  • ANCHORAGE 
  • ABSORPTION (WATER & MINERALS)
  • AERATION
  • FOOD STORAGE

You often hear WATER DEEPLY. There is a reason for that. Shallow watering keeps the roots close to the surface to get the refreshing drink… but also where the heat can zap them. Watering deeply sends those roots down to where is it cooler and they are safer from the heat! And, those deep strong roots will keep them better anchored for the “windy” seasons to come. 

LAVENDER

These plants have their “roots” in the Mediterranean so they have dry, hot summers in their DNA.  As you would expect, this summer’s weather has not bothered my established plants very much at all. However, I have 6 new lavender plants in the “refreshed” herb garden and they are not doing well! To date, I have 2 that are already gone and 2 that are almost gone, and two that look a bit sick. Even though they were watered almost every day – they struggled. Those shallow, thin, fine roots weren’t happy dry, or wet in all the heat.  

NOTE: While I have tried almost every lavender on the planet, Munstead is the lavender that not only tolerates our winters best but also gives me the lavender bloom and fragrance that I like best.  With all the new varieties, bloom shape and fragrance differ a great deal. Many of the Munsteads in my garden I started from seed and they are doing very well. 

TURMOIL

Turmoil is not a word I use often, however these days it seems to fit … a state of disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty.  We feel it. We see it on the faces of others. Our hearts are breaking for all that is happening around the world and to our friends experiencing the storms of life and the literal storms that are wreaking havoc. Just like the plants I mentioned earlier, the deeper our roots, the more grounded we are, the better we will withstand what comes our way. My life is rooted in my relationship with Jesus. While that does not remove the hurt or struggle, it gives assurance of who will walk with me. I’m trusting in his ways and his timing. King David was no stranger to turmoil either… When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. PSALM 56:3 

Scripture reminds us how God’s care for us by inviting us to CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD …. 

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither labor nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. Luke 12:27  

While we are talking about roots, I would add to that … consider the Black-eyed Susans. Those girls dig deep and have quite the anchor! I don’t think they have even noticed that it has not rained in weeks! 🙄🌼 

BLOOM THYME

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson