Behind the Fence

Friday, May 30, 2014

Show off!

Peggy Martin came out to welcome the Happy Hendron Homemakers Club to the potager on May 20. As always she made quite a statement! And of course there is the expected question; “What kind of fertilizer do you use?” The answer is none. If I don’t forget, I put compost around the base in the fall but that is one only care I give her. That is except for extreme pruning several times a year.
She is quite aggressive! To learn more about Peggy Martin and her heart warming story, click here.
If I promised you a cutting from my Peggy Martin rose and you have not picked it up, please let me know. I have two.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Results of the Mason Jar Rose Propagation

If you recall, last fall I shared with you how Mrs. Watson at the nursing home gave me her tip on propagating roses. Basically she took a cutting in the fall, stuck it in the ground, covered it with a Mason jar and left it alone until spring. That is exactly what I did with these roses (except, since I didn’t have Mason jars, I substituted glass vases and plastic containers.) These are the results. It can’t get much easier than this!

Knock Out Rose on east side of house.

Knock Out Rose on south side of house

Peggy Martin Rose on east side of house

I also put some cuttings in the greenhouse. They are quite a bit larger than the ones grown under the vases, but if one doesn’t have a greenhouse, the jars worked very well.
By the way, if I promised you a Peggy Martin Rose and you haven't received it, please let me know.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It's a Working Garden

Nothing like a pending visit from a garden club to move the garden clean-up to the top of the priority list!

Yesterday there was a 60% chance of rain so I headed to the garden before breakfast, thinking I could get a few chores done and eat when the rain started. By noon, I was famished, so I took a break and ate breakfast. No rain yet, so I headed back to the garden. By 4:30, I was one tired gardener! (Still no rain.) All though it is far from the pristine state of a year ago when it was spruced up for Artin the Garden,  it does look more like a working garden and less like a neglected garden.
Winter was really hard on the potager. It took some plants, like my rosemary tree and lavender hedge. I thought the fig trees had bit the dust also,


but on further inspection there is nice new growth on the bottoms of the trees


The strawberry tower didn’t perform as well and needs some repairs and refurbishing with compost.

 But there is a nice crop near the previous strawberry bed.

The new double rain barrels are not holding water (probably because I forgot to open the spigot and drain the barrel, which caused the zero temperatures to do some kind of freeze and expansion thing. (I don’t think Handy Randy is very happy with me about this,)
With a few more tweaks, I will welcome the garden club to tour my garden on Tuesday.