Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Quick garden update

With all the rain so comes weeds. I'm having a difficult time keeping up with the weeding. As soon as the tulips are completely died back, I'll spray Roundup. Hopefully the weeds will not go to seed before then.

Here's are some photos taken this spring.

This is a Queen of Night tulip. As the tulip ages it becomes almost black. I love them. They are very long lasting and sturdy.

I have no idea what the name of this tulip is. They were cheap...but I like them.

This is a view of the fence row area by the street. We filled it with miscellaneous tulips and a lot of very different hostas. No common hostas at 'The Gear'...LOL

I believe these irises are the variety Superstition. They were gorgeous until the storm knocked several stems over.
Last but not least. Knock out roses. Without fail, they return every year no matter how brutal of a winter. I lost about 5 other rose bushes and about 5 more died all the way back to the root. Good thing I only buy 'own root' rose bushes.


Sandy said...

The flowers are just beautiful!

joey said...

Lovely photos of your spring garden. 'Superstition' is an eye-stopper. Wow!

baby sister said...

what do you mean by 'own root'? Just wondering, I'm a beginner.

dynochick (Jan) said...

'Own root'is when the rose hasn't been grafted to a hardy stock root but is grown on it's own root.

Sometimes a hard to grow or not so hardy rose will be grafted to a hardy stock. If you have a harsh winter the rose will die back to the graft and you are left with the hardy root stock which usually doesn't have a really nice flower, but it does have a hardy root.

So if you buy a rose that is 'own root', you will know if it dies back to the root and regrows it will be the same rose that you planted and not a very plain small rose.

Most shrub roses are 'own root' and most 'tea roses' are grafted. Look at the base of the rose bush for a bulge where they grafted the desirable rose.

Hope that helps.