Zuzu, that is a beautiful hybrid perpetual. Is she fragrant and more than a once bloomer?
Pepper, sorry to hear that winter is still in full force in your part of the world. March 20th is just a couple of weeks away.
Seil, good to hear from you. I was so desperate for blooms, I bought grocery store roses. They are now planted in the back and I hope they do well as they are right pretty little things.
Sue, I have been reading about the flooding up there. Glad to hear that you and yours are safe and sound.
I have been working, between rain storms, to get my garden fertilized, the soil amended and mulched. I decided to move my Princess Alexandra of Kent from her current spot where she has been putting on a ton of new growth, to a small bed where she can be the star that she is. No easy feat. I had to move my mini rose, Lavender Crystal over to make room for PA of K since she does (eventually) want to get big in this climate. I also thought she might get a little less sun in her new spot that would also make her a bit happier. When I went to move Lavender Crystal, the root on that little rose (less than two feet tall) was about the size of my wrist! It was also trying to reach back to Japan where its breeder lives. After digging for an hour to get it out, I resorted to my trusty pruning knife and just cut the blessed thing! I have never seen a root like that on a rose, let alone a mini own root rose, in all my born days. Can we say oh, my aching back?
From there, I removed my Alnwick Rose so I can replace it with my Marchesa Boccella (whose name I never seem to remember quite right). I also moved my Vineyard Song as well, so there would be plenty of room available for my Portland from Glendora.
I am still not quite sure where I will be putting my Yolande. There are such confusing differences on the size she will get. Some say 5 feet. Others state 10--12 feet.
Tree trimmers were here today. I had them take out my beloved fig tree as well as prune up my other trees (and my neighbor's trees that overhang in my yard/roof). The fig tree was just was too big for the spot I had it in. I now could build a little lattice house and put a climber (maybe Renae) on it and then have a worm condo there in its own rose covered little shelter. Still contemplating that one.
I have fed, mulched, amended, etc., everything in the back within an inch of its life. I did use that neem seed amendment. Boy, does that thing stink! If neem oil smells like that, I don't think I will ever use it. Gardening is pretty much an experiment anyway, so we shall see if this amendment makes a difference or not.
Well, I have had a bit of a rest and it is time to go back to Lowe's for my third trip for mulch. I miss my OSH! (Let us all have a moment of silence for OSH). I anticipate I will be probably making three more trips for mulch, before I am done. Rain is due back tonight and will continue all weekend. Sigh.