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Oct 28, 2018 8:10 PM CST
Name: Beth
Northern California (Zone 9b)
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Finally we're making a little progress. My garden has been neglected for several yrs. From about 2010 thru 2016 I was working two jobs, 6 days a week, and on my one day off every other week I spent the day taking care of my elderly mom who had diabetes and dementia, and was bed bound the last 2 of those yrs. My niece and younger son also took care of her. Needless to say tho, I didn't have much time or energy to work in the yard during those yrs. Underplantings, like the dreaded centranthus ruber, and even the beautiful irises which were for awhile my number 2 obsession, along with the horrible native wild blackberries and the horrific Bermudagrass that I inadvertently brought with me from the mobile home park where I first started growing roses (in pots)... they all have been living happily in my neglect. And then in '16, Mom passed and I lost my "real" job. I guess I kinda went into a depression and barely got the roses watered and occasionally deadheaded here and there. Oh and somewhere in that time frame, maybe 2015 (I think) we ended up having to have our complete septic system (tank and leach lines) redone. And of course, they had to go right thru a section of my rose beds, so I had to dig up actually 2 beds (over 100 roses). We also had to have 4 trees cut down (thankfully) to get the leach lines in a new place as well as to prevent roots from invading again. Opened up a whole new sunny area in the backyard, so I did manage to get a few of the new beds started, but have been stalled on that this last yr or so due to my husband needing to finish digging out the final tree trunk so I can continue on. Now that he got it out, there's a huge hole in the backyard that I have to fill in before I can plant there. Ugh. I've really been dreading getting out to the worst parts of the yard, so I end up fiddling around in other areas that aren't so bad. And I've been fighting sciatica the last 6-7 months (again) so I haven't felt like getting out there and doing what I need to do. Well, finally, the sciatica is getting less and less and I feel more like going out and trying to tackle things. Problem now is, the days are getting waaaay shorter, and I only have my days off to get work done. So on Sundays, I make my husband come out and help me so we can get it done faster! He's been complaining about not being able to breathe, and not having the strength he used to. He's going to be 63 in Jan and I'll be 62 in April, so we're feeling our age! But we went out today and cleaned out one of my favorite beds... the pink stripey roses. It's a small strip bed and it's gotten overrun with the Bermudagrass. Also the squirrels have very kindly planted oak and walnut trees in there for us. LOL I can't even remember how many trees we had to pull out today. I think it was at least 10, and more than half of them my husband got out using a jack and chain wrapped around the tree trunks. Some of them had 2+" trunks and like 2ft tap roots. And many were right next to some of my rarest roses! But thankfully with all that grass and the pine needles and mulch and stuff, the ground was quite damp and that made it easier to get them out! I now have to fertilize and mulch with decent compost the poor roses that now must be happy to have those invaders out of their space! It's a good feeling to finally get at least one bed cleaned out. I also gathered lots of hips to try planting OP seedlings this winter. Got some interesting ones collected. We shall see how (or if) they grow!

And... here are some blooms from today. Not a whole lot blooming now. The weather is cooling down and a dang trio of young does have been coming in my yard just about every day the last couple of weeks. They've been eating quite a lot. Damn forest rodents!!

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'


CAROLINA GIRL


FLORA DANICA


KISS ME


LEONIE LAMESCH


MONTEZUMA


NICOLE FREELANDER


THAT'S INCREDIBLE


One of my azaleas
Thumb of 2018-10-29/Beth_NorCal/fdb077

and one of my beautiful begonias
Thumb of 2018-10-29/Beth_NorCal/c67a01

It felt so good to get something accomplished. Next weekend we'll start on one of the beds that's full of blackberries. Uggghhhh!!!!
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Oct 28, 2018 8:36 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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A great start on your project and lovely blooms!
Porkpal
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Oct 28, 2018 9:20 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Removing all of the trees and Bermuda grass from a bed sounds like a great start after so many bad years. I'm really happy for you. There's nothing like a productive day and I'm glad your sciatica is getting more manageable. I spent the day re-killing a Dorothy Perkins I thought I had killed two years ago. In those two years it grew so large that it completely covered and obscured a pretty white gazebo in my garden. Now I can finally see the gazebo again.

Great set of photos. I've never seen Carolina Girl before. I love the shape of the bloom, almost like a pinwheel.
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Oct 29, 2018 7:41 AM CST
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Congrats on all of your hard work! Beautiful roses. Love California Dreamin'. I think we will (hopefully) have some interesting rose babies with all of the seeds that folks talk about planting this spring. Looking forward to seeing them. Sorry for the does. Your flowers are beautiful!
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Oct 31, 2018 12:04 AM CST
Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
Thanks for sharing Beth. Through ups and downs, your love and passion for your roses (and garden) never wavered. In the end, you got to witness the result of your, and your husband's, hard work around the rose bed! To me, that's a sweet smell of success. Those are some gorgeous blooms, by the way!
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Oct 31, 2018 12:14 PM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Beth - Your struggles really took a toll on you emotionally and physically. Phew. I'm so glad that you've come out the other side and can find excitement about giving attention to your garden. You deserve lots of rose happiness now and some down time. I can't imagine doing all that you've had to do with your mom and with working so much. You are one dynamo of a woman!! I tip my hat to you.

I looove your Lovey dubby Carolina Girl, Montezuma, Nicole Freelander and that darling azalea Lovey dubby !! Well done!!!
Carol
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Nov 6, 2018 7:55 PM CST
Name: Jin
Orlando, Fl (Zone 9b)
Beth, I totally admire you doing two jobs. I can't even do my one job.
I agree with Carol. You need rose happiness and also down time. Working so hard.

You know what ? After all is done. You need Spa time. Both, you and your husband needs relaxation and massage
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You totally deserve that and more.
Your roses are beautiful!
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Nov 8, 2018 7:49 PM CST
Name: Jin
Orlando, Fl (Zone 9b)
Beth are you okay ?
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Nov 8, 2018 8:51 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Is Beth likely to be affected by the evacuations in Butte County? That must be a huge fire: The smoke in my garden today was almost as thick as it was when Santa Rosa was burning just 10 or 20 miles away. We had health alerts today in Sonoma County, advising children, the elderly, and anyone with a respiratory illness to stay inside and keep the windows closed.
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Nov 8, 2018 11:18 PM CST
Name: Lola
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ZUzu - I understand Beth is at Paradise and I am concerned about her as the news out of there is not good.
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Nov 8, 2018 11:20 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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I just posted in another thread to ask whether Paradise was her town. I feel just terrible for her and I hope she and her husband and her pets are all fine.
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Nov 9, 2018 2:58 AM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Oh my! This is awful...I really hope our dear Beth is okay.
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Nov 9, 2018 3:26 AM CST
Name: Jin
Orlando, Fl (Zone 9b)
Yes, I learned that from Kim. I am so worried about her. This is so frightening. .Beth is near camp fire where the fire is horrible.

I wrote to Jeri on Wed. She always response rather quickly. So, yesterday I was looking forward an email but nothing. Now there are 2 fires which I learn from Ingrid.
Jeri and Clay pls be safe. I am so worried .
I watch the news and it is so disturbing and sad.
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Nov 9, 2018 6:57 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
Cat Lover Charter ATP Member Keeper of Poultry I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Keeps Horses
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NPR this AM said the entire town was evacuated.
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Nov 10, 2018 1:08 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
Cat Lover Charter ATP Member Keeper of Poultry I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Keeps Horses
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On what used to be Gardenweb, Kim said that he thinks Beth has safely evacuated.
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Nov 10, 2018 2:11 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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But without the chickens. Crying
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