jueves, 21 de marzo de 2019

Hello Autumn!

The rose: my gardening frustration made flower

Today is the first day of fall, and it always brings a jolt of excitement!  It is after all, my favourite season of the year. But I am feeling bittersweet about this moment since springtime and summer were as disappointing as always with my Roses, they fared as poorly as they have been doing for the last 25 years. I should get over the fact that Roses don't like this climate, they simply don't like it and no amount of care can make them grow well  here: I haven't seen one garden here - not even one - with Roses looking half as good as I've seen them in the colder southern provinces let alone in rose lovers blogs from North Europe. I'm feeling tired of this uphill battle, tired of year after year of frustration and lots of time, effort and money wasted on plants that perform so poorly. This is easy to say but when it comes to make the decision about forgetting roses and move on I feel paralyzed, full of sadness even some anger because if I ever give up on Roses I will give up on gardening altogether, Sorry for this bitter post today when many of my dear readers are welcoming spring today, I hope it brings happy times in their gardens, I'm sure it will!

See you next time!

miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2019

February blooms and pruning roses in summer

Summer in my area is brutal: months of triple-digit heat, suffocating humidity and blazing sun... It's no wonder that my roses wither in the long slog from december to march, for roses in hot areas summer is their winter. My roses respond well to a good summer clean-up, I reduce their height by at least a third, and clear out any dead, diseased and spindly growth, fertilise and water well, then I wait for their autumn flush of beautiful blooms!

Last roses before pruning 

later.. lots of rose drebriss

Water lilies keep blooming, they love heat

Lotus are blooming too


This is unusual..

Amaryllis Belladonna decided to bloom this year... they are a mystery 

Crinium in bloom 


See you next time!