Roses forum: My garden this weekend

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Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Jun 18, 2018 8:31 AM CST
I have been working hard in my garden for the past couple of months. I have moved plants around. Gotten rid of my container pond (boo!). Put in a new fountain as the old one started leaking. Put up solar twinkle lights. Added one more umbrella for shade on my patio for the hotter than Hades summers we have. Redid most of the drip. Added a dedicated water spigot for my fountain, so I could add an automatic waterer thing so I can leave the house and travel to visit my folks and not have the pond pump burn out due to lack of water. I installed a new automatic sprinkler timer that is internet controlled that I just LOVE!

No pictures yet of Plum Perfect (own root) that I planted in the front but it is a blooming machine! I also love the color of the blooms. I also took out eyes for you and planted two of my own root Candice (no pictures yet) in that spot. Right now they seem to have blooms that are proliferating! Who knew? That is a first for me as I have had that rose for two--three years and this is a first.

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Pretty Jessica continues to bloom her head off! She has been non-stop since the beginning of April.

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Lady of Shalott looking more pink today than apricot. Seems that the older the bloom, the more pink they become.

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Front walkway. Rose on the left is Wedding Cake (own root) and the rose on the right (red) is Munstead Wood. Way in the back on the left is Pretty Jessica. Both Candice and Plum Perfect are too small to see at this point.

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Walkway at night.

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Walking into the backyard, I have several roses in pots (I live in a small house and yard with zero lot lines). Candice is on the right and on the left are roses I grew from seed for Mr. Rupert (and so therefore they are unnamed at the moment), Peppermint Parfait and Blue for You. My new fountain is visible.

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This bed contains Occhi di Fata (on the right), Alnwick (behind) and Vick's Caprice (another blooming machine this year along with Occhi). To the north of Vick's is Mary Madeline which is too small to see at the moment.

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On the arch is Flamingo Dancer (another blooming machine this year). The yellow rose is Sequoia Gold which has been covered in blooms since the beginning of April.

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Flamingo Dancer

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Back walk way behind my house. I have fruit trees (citrus and a fig), an unknown halo rose from Ralph Moore and a bit of whimsy with my gazing ball, wind chimes, whirl-a-gig, etc.

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Back garden at night


Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 18, 2018 8:43 AM CST
You've made your space really nice! It must be a pleasure to be out there any time, day or night.
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Name: Bonnie
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RosesnTx
Jun 18, 2018 8:44 AM CST
Your garden is beautiful and I love the lay out, you have done a great job with your limited space. Pretty Jessica is so pretty! And I really like your Flamingo Dancer too! Smiling
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MargieNY
Jun 18, 2018 9:58 AM CST
Your hard work paid off big time Mustbnuts - creative & impressive!
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Paul2032
Jun 18, 2018 10:02 AM CST
I've just been out in the garden taking pictures of my rose beds. Came into the computer and found your thread and the lovely pictures of your well planned gem of a garden. Lovely.......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Mustbnuts
Jun 18, 2018 1:34 PM CST
Thank you all for your nice comments. It has been a labor of love!
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WitchyWV
Jun 18, 2018 8:23 PM CST
I love the wind chimes on the arbor. Lovey dubby If I ever get mine put together, I know where I'm going to hang my frog and fairy. They are both solar, so hanging them on the porch doesn't get them enough light to come on at night. Also my husband is irritated by the noise, so they will be away from him. Win-win idea. Thumbs up
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TrishinOz
Jun 18, 2018 10:20 PM CST
mustb, it looks lovely, and your roses look wonderfully healthy.
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Mustbnuts
Jun 18, 2018 10:35 PM CST
Witchy, I was lucky enough to "inherit" my parents Cozanti bells when they moved into their assisted living facility, so it is a great way to show them off since they are very heavy. The arbor is great for that. Shepard hooks are great for the rest.

Trish, thank you for such a nice compliment. How are your roses doing in winter down there? Any new ones?
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Jun 19, 2018 12:41 AM CST
Mustbnuts - wow!!! Those are gorgeous pictures...especially your Pretty Jessica and the photo with the fountain!!


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Mustbnuts
Jun 19, 2018 3:56 AM CST
Thanks Carol. How is your garden doing up in one of my favorite places in the world? Is it stampede time yet?
Name: Krista
Upstate NY (Zone 5a)
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Krista_5NY
Jun 19, 2018 7:49 AM CST
Lovely garden and night time scene. I love the fountain!
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Kesroses
Jun 19, 2018 8:46 AM CST
You have a wonderful garden. I don't know which view is better- day or night, I like both. My favorite is your front walkway. Some people would consider it too small to work with but your efforts show that a narrow space can really shine. Hoping that you or Kim will show the result of all that seed starting.
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Mustbnuts
Jun 19, 2018 1:48 PM CST
Thank you Krista and Kesroses. I am always surprised and shocked when someone likes my garden. I like it, but never expect anyone else to.

Here are some pictures of the seedlings.


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Name: Ingrid
Northeast San Diego County (Zone 11a)
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ingrid_vc
Jun 19, 2018 2:31 PM CST
Your garden is so lovely, front and back. May I ask why you took out 'Eyes for You'? I've ordered one and now I'm worried that it's not a great rose if you took it out. I'm glad to see how gorgeous your Flamingo Dancer is since I have one, but it's still young and I have yet to see a single bloom. Something to look forward to!

I'm impressed with all you've accomplished, and the results speak for themselves.
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Mustbnuts
Jun 19, 2018 4:32 PM CST
Thanks for the compliments Ingrid. Eyes for You just didn't appeal to me in person. It flowers like crazy, all at once and then it drops it petals and is totally naked until the next bloom cycle. It does rebloom pretty quickly but I ended up just not infatuated with this rose. I love the pictures of this rose. I loved the flowers, but just wasn't thrilled overall with this rose. For me, my garden is so small, I am not going to waste space on a rose I am not in love with (sorry for the bad English). I felt terrible pulling it out, but I have replaced it with two of my own root Candice which again, I just love.

I felt the same way about Midnight Blue. Lots of folks love this rose, just not me. In the heat we have here the flowers would be a beautiful purple and the next day an ugly shade of purple brown. Pulled that one out too. Put in Plum Perfect and I think that rose is aptly named. I love, love, love this rose!

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Eyes for You--pretty rose and I think you will like it

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Another pretty rose--just not so great in my garden
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TrishinOz
Jun 20, 2018 12:34 AM CST
mustb, it was a very dry Spring, Summer and most of Autumn, so the roses struggled, despite all the watering. We finally had rain, and then yesterday it just poured - streams flowing through! My new roses arrived today - another G. Nabonnand, that I'm going to put in the front to replace an Ioensis Plena which has not grown an inch in 3 years! Archduke Charles, of which I was sent a very puny specimen previously, that turned up its toes soon after arriving. Souvenir d'Elise Vardon, which I though was going to be Mlle Franziska Kruger ( it said to order SdEV on the site and you would get MFK!), but by the description on the tag, I think I've got SdEV. Life is complicated! Another Octavus Weld, which I killed by pruning it when I moved it. I love this rose, it's a beautiful milky pink in cool weather. And I've also got a Rubens, and have absolutely no idea where I can put it.
How are you enjoying retirement? Are you still dancing?
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Mustbnuts
Jun 20, 2018 11:19 AM CST
Oh goodness! Quite the ordeal on the roses. I see where it states on HMF that MFK is sold in the US as SdEV. In any case, either of those roses are gorgeous! All of the roses you ordered look gorgeous! With the beautiful yard you have, they will be so pretty!

Yes, I am enjoying retirement. It has been busy as I have cleaned out the house and garage, revamped parts of my yard, finishing up my will/trust/funeral arrangements (no, I am not dying, just don't want to leave a mess for others when I do finally kick the bucket). I get to go down and see my folks (who are in an assisted living facility, about 6--7 hours away) more often. Currently I have my bathroom destroyed and am putting in a new shower, etc., over the next couple of weeks. While that is going on, I, of course, have out-of-town guests coming! Last time they were here, my house had recently flooded and the bathrooms were in a state of disrepair. It seems to be an omen.

I have a standing job offer and will probably work one or two days a week after July rolls around. I am OK with that for now. Extra income to help pay for remodeling of bathrooms, etc. They are pricey!

Yes, still attempting to dance. I am not sure that is what you would call it. However, both the boyfriend and I have fun dancing to live bands that they have at the various farmer's markets and at the Legion Hall on the weekends.

So glad to see you here on this site!
Name: Ingrid
Northeast San Diego County (Zone 11a)
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ingrid_vc
Jun 20, 2018 1:01 PM CST
mustbnuts, thank you for the info on 'Eyes for You'. Since it's arriving tomorrow I'll just have to see how it performs for me. You never really know how a rose will do in your own garden, but a glowing recommendation would have been nice. Still, it's interesting and different. I've had Plum Perfect for 2 1/2 years and it has not grown or flowered. I'm sure I'm the only person this has ever happened to. Everyone else sings its praises, as would I if I could see even one flower!
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Mustbnuts
Jun 20, 2018 2:25 PM CST
Ingrid, I was able to capture a picture of Plum Perfect yesterday when I was deadheading. I am really taken by this rose. It is on its own root. I asked for it to be sent to me last October. Since then, it has been in a pot until about a month ago. Once it was in the ground, it really started to take off.

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I tend to be a bit strange when it comes to my taste in roses. Everyone loves Jude the Obscure. I could not stand that rose. So, I hope and am sure that Eyes will do great for you!

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