(1) 9 rose bushes (names are below). (2) Sterling Silver rose buds. (3) Climbing America rose bud.
There's an 8-foot x 4-foot patch of dirt area next to the garbage can and recycle bins in our backyard, visible from the garden window in the kitchen. It has been covered with decorative bark for years. A few weeks ago I mentioned to my hubby that I wanted to plant some vegetables there. So, Bill began "working the land" to loosen it up for "the gardener" (which would be me!). I bought vegetable seeds at Orchard Supply Hardware and was ready to plant. There were still big chunks of rock-like dirt so Bill loosened it up again. Then, it got hot - really hot - and I had little interest in planting the seeds (and there were still rock-like dirt chunks!).
Everyone is entitled to change his or her mind, so I decided this morning that I wanted to plant roses instead of vegetables. (I'm really liking the roses in the front yard.) Hmmm, climbing roses and more tea roses. So, guess what we did today...!
Yup, went to Home Depot and bought two 4-foot x 4-foot trellices and 4 climbing roses...and 5 tea roses..., along with 2 large bags of soil. We also picked up other stuff for the backyard, including 2 sheets of lattice to replace the breaking lattice on the "hammock cover" shade structure and a 30-inch screen door for the backyard door in the garage (so Bill can have fresh air in the garage without the kitties escaping into the wild, err, the real world).
Working on the house and garden is never done...especially now that I've gotten into the mix!
Anyway, there was no sun yesterday to make the day hot or even warm. Bill painted the trellices with deck stain. After they dried, we planted the 9 new rose bushes. Bill, of course, did all the hard labor (dug holes) while I directed the placement of the plants (I'm a management type!).
Hmmm, I did do some dirty work (just not hard labor!): I sat in dirt and mud, mixed Vitamin B-1 solution, pulled the plants out of their containers, placed them in the ground, spread soil mixture around them, patted the soil down, and watered them really well. My eye glasses were dripping with sweat rolling off my face, my hair was sweaty wet, my forearms were covered with thorn scratches and dirt, my fingernails had dirt caked under them, my shirt was covered with dirt, my pants were covered with dirt and mud, and my shoes were damp. I even had dirt particles in my nose!
A productive day!
We planted (from left to right):
Back row (climbing roses):
- Climbing America - Unusually vigorous climbing plant. Large salmon-colored blooms have silvery sheen and spicy fragrance.
- Climbing Don Juan - Very fragrant free blooming deep red rose with dark, glossary green foliage.
- Climbing Don Juan
- Climbing America
Front row (tea roses):
- Sterling Silver - Distinct pale, pastel-lilac. Blooms are intensely fragrant.
- John F. Kennedy (also in front yard) - Large, fully double flowers are greenish white, with high centers and a mild licorice fragrance.
- Lagerfeld - Double, high-centered blooms are a rare shade of pale, silvery lavender and emit a sweet enduring fragrance.
- Jack Frost - Floribunda [clustered blooms]. Large, fully double flowers are a cream and white blend with a strong fragrance.
- Mister Lincoln - Large, fully double flowers are deep, velvety red with a wonderful damask rose fragrance.