The weather forecasters are showing a huge Arctic cold mass descending through Canada into the Northern USA this week. So cold, I can hardly believe that will happen in my garden, not more than 25 ft above sea level but very near the Sound. But zone 8b officially can get down to 10 to 20 degrees F. I just have not experienced that here, yet. Today I went into panic mode and decided that my beloved roses needed some protection, so I bought two 3.2 cubic ft. bales of Black Gold (the regional organic soil amendment) and just got in from mounding three mini/miniflora beds, four standard tree roses plus about four other roses that have only been in the ground since October. I really could have used two more bales but while everyone else was scurrying around Fred Myers with Christmas gifts, I was wrestling with putting two bales of Black Gold in my cart. We all have our priorities.
‘Serendipity’ another Dr.Griffin Buck creation the just won’t give up.
My errands today took me up to Mt. Vernon, WA to pick up several sheets of poly carb to replace the greenhouse roof. When I was looking at the map on Charley’s Greenhouse website I noticed that it is not far from a Master Gardeners display garden. I love places like this because the collective, creative gardening minds of Master Gardeners have been showcases, in my past garden tour experience. I was not disappointed!
The Transplanted Gardener has decided to start a second blog dedicated to my first love, roses. I would like to invite all the readers to visit my rose blog http://wp.me/p3J53u-G .
It will feature all roses, all the time roses are blooming in my garden.
I just love the look of roses with fresh stamens. There are so few that can do it well.
I recently read something that said “don’t waste your time posting on Friday evening…” Is anyone out there? I think you are reading on Friday evening. Please comment/click like if you read this on Friday evening. Perhaps I should stop posting on Friday evening? Hope you like the roses :)
It’s the dry season now. The area gets a 20% chance of rain some days, but my garden has not had rain for two weeks and I have been watering regularly now. Rain barrels are good but soaker hose is quicker and less work for me. I can do more fun things if I’m not tired from hauling five gallon buckets of water around.