Humble Everyday Gardening

Humble Everyday Gardening

Our House and Garden
Our House and Garden

Hello friends, and welcome to The Grey Gnome!  I hope you will take the time to read About The Grey Gnome to find out what we’re doing here and why.  First, let me introduce you to my humble front yard garden.  I haven’t gone out of my way to clean up.  This is real life, and I’m not trying to win any awards, just everyday gardening in an everyday setting.  The yard needs mowing, dead grass and weeds need clearing, and clutter needs organizing, but a beautiful, everyday garden is a daily labor of love.  It fits into our lifestyle and does not require a magazine-ready, photo-shoot quality set up.  Everyday gardening is about working with what we have in the time we want to give to it.  It is personal and rewarding because it is not anymore perfect than we are.


Today, we’re going to take a little time to stop and smell the roses.


Roses of Many Colors

When we bought our house during the very hot summer of 2018, we inherited a front yard garden area full of rose bushes and two magnolia trees.  We did not know anything about caring for roses or magnolia trees and we spent our first year here more or less ignoring them except for keeping them watered enough to survive.  That was the extent of our everyday gardening for a year and a half.  I have not identified all of our rose bushes yet, but they range in color from white to pink to crimson red to a fiery yellow with red (vermillion) edges.  My favorites are the exceptionally fragrant crimsons and the fiery yellow/reds known as climbing piñata roses.


Climbing Piñata Roses

I was lucky enough to stumble across the information tag for this rose bush, which you will see in the photo below, while cleaning up the flower bed.  According to the tag, the gorgeous yellow and vermillion “Piñata” roses are large-flowered climbing roses.  They do not have much scent at all, nor do any of our roses except for the crimson red ones.  They make beautiful cut flowers, and several buds bloom in a group on the same branch.  I try to cut them when multiples are blooming.  I also cut the individual flowers and hang them up to dry for glass jars and shadow boxes.

You might notice this bush has a problem.  It has yellowing, spotted leaves – a fungal disease called black spot.  The link provided by The Spruce has a lot of good information regarding black spot.  It even told me something I’m already doing wrong – watering the leaves.  It seemed to me that our roses loved the showers I was giving them, since buds were popping up everywhere.  As a result, however, leaf-watering is probably exacerbating our black spot problems.  If you are having the same problem, or if you have found a good solution for this problem, I’d love to hear about it!  Please comment below.


Crimson Red Roses

I wish I had been able to find the tag for these gorgeous crimson red roses.  They have an incredibly soft, velvety texture, powerfully rosy scent, and the depth of the color is truly amazing!  Unfortunately, you’ll again see the black spotted yellow leaves I mentioned in the above post.


Peony-Style Pink Roses

These bright pink roses remind me a lot of peonies. The first photo shows my roses, the other two are peonies.  I love the way they expand from a brussels sprout form bud into the graceful full bloom flowers they become.


Best Time for Gardening

Anytime is the best time for everyday gardening!  Spring makes it easy to enjoy the everyday gardening experience.  The days are longer, the temperatures are (mostly) climbing, and beauty is opening up before our very eyes!  During the winter, gardening seems more difficult and less important because it entails more maintenance and fewer flowery payoffs.  However, the importance of maintenance during the off-season is critical for preserving the health of your plants as the growing season approaches.

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Thank you, and stay safe and healthy!

Bunny and Greg
The Grey Gnome

9 thoughts on “Humble Everyday Gardening”

  1. I think gardening is very good for mental health. Although I don’t have a big garden myself I put a lot of plants around the house and also on the small front yard, I feel that it helps reduce stress and improve my mood. I think that caring for a garden is one of the ways that experts recommend to help with depression as well. Now is the best time to start a garden but unfortunately I only have a small patch of front yard to grow things.

  2. Hi Laura and Greg the Grey Gnome

    I’m glad I found your website today, as you well said, it’s Spring now and it’s time to get back in the garden and get it as pretty as it can be.

    I’ve discover gardening in the last couple of years and I really like to work to keep our back yard with lots of flowers here and there, so I’m sure you will help me to do it. 

    I love roses but I have no luck with them, we have just one rose plant in our back yard and it doesn’t do good at all, I don’t know what kind of rose plan is, but I’m sure when I read how to take care of it, I might help this plant to do better.

    We have two peony plants and I think they need to be replanted somewhere else, as they don’t get too much sun light as they should be, what do you think?

    I thank you for taking the time to write about gardening, your house looks pretty and your front garden will be very nice soon!

    • Thank you for your comments, Alejandra! 

      I did a little research on peonies, and Peony’s Envy recommends that if you have to replant your peonies, wait until they are dormant in the fall.  It also depends on what kind of peonies you have, and apparently, there are a lot of them!  I hope that helps! 

      As for your roses, if they have been in the same place for a long time, the soil may have lost a lot of its nitrogen content.  I have used coffee grounds with mine – some say to sprinkle them around the base of the bush, but I prefer to mix them in a pitcher of water and distribute them around the area.  We want to add nitrogen, but we don’t want to add too much, either.  The last time I added coffee grounds, I used close to a pint added to a gallon of water.  You could try that about every two weeks and see if it makes a difference.  Be sure to let me know if it does!

  3. Thanks Laura and Grey, for writing about your lovely garden. I love the roses. I love the crimson red roses the best, I wish I could touch them and feel the velvety texture on them. I also like their rich red colour. During spring and summer I mow my garden every fortnight. How often do you tend a rose garden? 

    • Thank you for your comment, Juliet! 

      I tend my roses a little bit every day, cutting off dead blooms and pruning back branches that are growing over the little brick wall behind them.  I also trim them back if they start to cover other plants and prevent them from getting the sunlight they need. They grow very quickly!

  4. i first want to thank you and i do feel enlightened by your article. i would also have to learn a couple of things from you as the website template is beautiful and really clear.this is an awesome article on humble every day gardening.

    the clarity and simplicity to which you have explained each of these plants is awesome.

    i am planning to start my own small garden and this is a pointer to what needs to be done.

  5. There is a whole lot of knowledge that you have shared in this awesome article of yours. thank you very much for finding time to share this information. Creating a small garden of my own had been my desire for a long time but i lacked some vital information. this is motivation enough. thank you very much

    • Thank you, Kirkman!  That’s great to hear!  If there’s anything I can help you with, please let me know!


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