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?