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July 30, 2010

Roses and Thorns

Filed under: Flowers,Miscellaneous — Judy @ 5:27 pm

Ahh, the roses of summer! They smell so sweet.

Abbaye de Cluny rose

Rosa 'Abbaye de Cluny'

Now that they have gotten past the onslaught of Japanese beetles, they are looking good basking in the warm (read that, hot!) air and drinking up all that rain from last week.

Morden blush rose

Rosa 'Morden Blush'

They bring a smile to my face, reminding me that there are still wonderful things around me to savor.

Radsunny Knockout rose

Rosa 'Radsunny Knockout'

They need a little attention and care every now and then, but when they perform – ooh, how wonderful!


Unknown Rose

This reminds me of some of my clients. Some of them are wonderful like the roses. They ask questions, they water their plants or they put in watering systems to help them, they let you know that things are looking fabulous and thank you for your work, and then they pay you promptly.

Then there are others that are like the thorns and you wonder just why they are allowed to have gardens.


Rose thorns

These thorny clients are ones that don’t hear you when you tell them which plants need extra attention with watering because they are new or in dry conditions, or that splash water with a hose (or have someone else do it similarly) occasionally over the top of the plants (containers, in particular), and then wonder why the plants are dying or even dead. Sometimes in their zeal in neaten things up, power pruners are taken to the shrubs or peonies cutting off all the flowers or potential flowers to get those nice round balls! Have you ever seen a peony plant trimmed like a ball?! Horrific! And what about never saying the work I did looks nice (or doesn’t look nice, whichever) or thanking me, or sometimes paying a month or six weeks or more later, but continuing to want more and more done. Thorns.

But, at the end of the day, one must take the thorns to get the roses!

July 27, 2010


Filed under: Containers,Flowers,Miscellaneous,Our gardens,Summer,Veggies — Judy @ 10:44 pm
Hummingbird moth

Hummingbird moth on butterfly bush

Here it is almost the end of July! So far, so good! It has been a good growing year with heat and rains coming at just the right time here. The growth of the plants has been wonderful and they are lush. We’ve been harvesting peppers, cukes, lettuce, blueberries, raspberries, and 66 luscious bulbs of garlic to dry.


Veggies and Fruit!

Of course, the amount of rain over three days last week amounted to a little over 5 inches! Unexpected, and a bit much for some of the plants to handle. During a break in the downpours, I slogged through the soggy lawn to check on the vegetable garden. To my surprise, the peaches had this clear, oozy, jelly-like substance on them and my first thought was that there was a huge infestation of bugs and that was the result (sorry, no pictures). After searching the internet, I learned a new term – guttation. There had been so much water that the peaches were unable to absorb it properly and ended up exuding the excess in this sticky stuff. When I checked later in the day, it was gone! Yay!

And the containers are exploding with color!

Urns with begonias

Dragonwing Pink begonias, coleus, fuchsia, and sweet potato vine

Ceramic mixed flower containers

Sweet potato vines, coleus, verbena, petunias, gaura, calibrochoa, pennisetum, solanum jasminoides vine

Low urn with mixed flowers

Petunias, lantana, Diamond Frost euphorbia, verbena, sweet potato vine

Tall urn with mixed flowers

Gaura, petunias, verbena, Diamond Frost euphorbia, lantana, sweet potato vine

Aren’t they exuberant now? It’s getting to be a jungle out there!

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