Who are You?

If the good folks at CSI are asking this question, you might have to worry, but MOST of the time when people want to know who you are, it is a good thing! Dale Carnegie, author of the most famous guide to charm ever written, once said: “The sweetest sound to a person’s ear is their own name.”

This is also true for gardens. I find that the better we know our plants, the better care we take of them and that starts with their name! Honestly, I have to say that for me, it drives me completely crazy when I don’t know their names.

Most of my plant markers are used to identify my roses and visitors to my garden tell me over and over how glad they are for the rose markers.

Mr. G says rose markers are a must. In fact, as soon as I mention I am ordering roses, he says have you ordered “those markers” yet? What that means is, have you sent the order to Wendy @ Harlane. Wendy has wonderful rose markers and we have been using Harlane rose markers for more than 20 years. Some of my markers are original, so you could say they last a long time. To order markers from Wendy … CLICK HERE.

Plant markers come in all sizes and shapes and here are some of the ones we are using…

Here’s our current collection of plant markers.
I bought these, but Mr. G made me a ton of some similar ones that I also used as gift tags for Christmas presents!
Super cute and easy to make!
Super cute and easy to make!
Slate markers...
Slate markers…
Harlane rose markers...
Harlane rose markers…

Bloom Thyme Friday: Something New … Something Borrowed Too

So, you know about my purchase of Weeks Grand Dame … She inspired a whole new bed. We didn’t want to crowd her.

The project started with some double digging (hard work when you have clay soil). Then we moved to the “tiller” phase. Problem # 1, our tiller would not start. Neighbor kindly loaned us his “tiller.” Problem # 2, the neighbor’s tiller is tiny … not up to THIS task. Problem # 2 solved when a friend loaned us his large tiller … definitely up to the task! Thanks David!

Cute … very cute, but not up to this task!
This machine is ready for anything!

What did we “till” in to the Dame’s new home — 3.8 cubic ft of peat moss, 20 bags of top soil, 6 bags of compost and 2 bags of manure. A combination worthy of … “The Dame”!

Good stuff!

The Grand Dame was planted with the bud union appropriately 2″ below ground level (Zone 5 precaution), watered in with the amazing Moo Poo and topped with fine mulch. She should be good to go. But we will keep an eye on her. Planting her in the heat of July was not the kindest thing to do. All she needs now is her very own name plate from Harlane!

BLOOM WATCH has officially started!

Room to grow!

As grand as I know she will someday be, she sure looks lonely!

I have a feeling that my #gardenchat and #rosechat friends will have several recommendations for some suitable additions.

Needs blooms and friends!

What rose(s) do you recommend as companions to The Dame in our new bed?