seilMI said: And Happy Summer to the Southern ones! We need your lovely photos to get us through this winter, lol!
Calif_Sue said:Oh what a year it's been, dreadful. I had thrown myself into lots of quilt creations as well as mask making, not fond of those but needed but now I am redoing a lot of my garden with some major trimming and some removal of overgrown shrubs and trees and adding lots of rich compost to plants. Hubby is helping with most of that plus some new hardscaping and bringing in a truckload of composted planting mix for a new bed. He's also building me two large rectangular raised bed boxes for a new interest, dahlias. Can't plant directly in the ground because of gophers. I got so discouraged because I used to have big beautiful clumps of iris and lilies and lost most to those darn gophers!
We have almost all the bender boards along the pathways split so are debating what the replace them with. We will be making a trip to the rockery and landscape supply places to look at options.
I am trying to lessen my big maintenance plants and replace with more shrubs for greenery, that means more removal of some less desirable roses. Also taking up interest in creating topiary forms with boxwood, rosemary, myrtle, lemon cypress, euonymus, whatever I can find with a center stem! Like I really need a new hobby!
The older I am getting the more I worry about not keeping up. All this work this past week has me walking like an invalid, I'm taking Tylenol for breakfast and dinner I suspect my left hip has some arthritis setting in, it's been a dull annoying ache for months now but the past two weeks of work in the garden plus some big walking treks through the wholesale nursery fields left me limping and in pain for days now. Getting old is not for sissies! (applying for SS this month, yikes, how did that happen?!!)
So I though to end this yucky year, I would revive some of my favorite past bloom and garden shots to spread some color and cheer, we all can use that! I'll add to this thread throughout the month.
My favorite garden shot from 2015. Click to see all the tagged plants. Working to get back that lush look.
Favorite shots of a favorite rose, Buff Beauty
Sigh, miss that big clump of iris!
Don't have this one anymore but both are some of my favorite photos of an exquisite bloom!
kohala said:Recent David Austins from the windy Kohala Coast
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zuzu said:On this day 65 years ago, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus. Seems like a good day to repeat my perennial lament that no one has ever named a rose for Rosa Parks.
You're absolutely right. Maybe, by February 4, someone will do that.
Calif_Sue said:Hi Rosy, just click on 'Roses forum' found at the bottom of the last post in a thread or at the very top of this thread. Once on there, just scroll down a bit to find the November thread. Also, you can click on your profile page and click to see posts you have made and where you posted.
I will do all my own gardening until I can't physically do it anymore. Not there yet. Hubby does the heavy duty stuff, thank goodness for him, he's a keeper and I still have lots of projects for him, inside and out.
Sounds like you have it all worked out and your hubby is there for the big stuff. Thanks for the tips, I was able to read Nov posts and feel finished. Ready to start the holiday season.