Humble Everyday Gardening
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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Bunny and Greg
The Grey Gnome