martes, 4 de junio de 2019

Hello there!



First Camellia of the year

it's been a long time since I made my last post on this blog, I've been going through tough times since summer, I've been struggling not to relapse into depression, the same depression that followed the death of my mother and my garden didn't help me at all: roses fared worse than usual and cats are invading my garden to use it as a giant litter box and break planters and kill my fish in the pond .. I don't know what to do to stop them! I love cats, I have cats and will never hurt one but don't know how to stop this invasion... on top of all that my backpain has increased as it usually does when I feel depressed. Today I made an effort and went out to the garden to evaluate what I could do to save it from the neglect of months. I decided I won't prune the roses this winter, I've been pruning them for 25 years and they always fared poorly.. I will let them grow, they look tall right now , they always look taller in winter than in the rest of the year ¿why should I prune them when they look at their best? I will try the experiment, I will lose nothing since in an outburst of frustration I had decided to dig out most of them if not all of them...so I will see what happens.. pruning in winter is probably good for climates with actual winters...I don't know how to come to terms with the fact that I'll never have the garden I want unless I move to Denmark.. something equally impossible. Don't know what I will do with my garden this year, none of the possible options enthral me, I still have all winter to think about it.

Probably the last water lily blooms till spring



A shy pink Rose, Bonica 82


See you next time!

10 comentarios:

  1. Funny but you came to mind just this morning. I wondered where you had gotten to. I am sorry that depression and back problems have kept you from enjoying your garden and blogging about it. Some garden experts have written that the severe pruning conventionally given roses during the winter months is not needed here in Southern California and, if that is true in our mild winter climate, I expect it is also true in yours. Robert Smaus, the former garden editor for the Los Angeles Times, wrote that the focus should be mainly on cleaning out any dead growth and crossed canes. Best wishes with your experiment.

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    1. Kris, thanks for your kind comment. This winter I'll do exactly what you said, will only remove dead canes and deadhead spent blooms in my roses, we'll see what happens! Have a nice day!

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  2. So sorry to read about all your troubles!
    Beautiful camellia and waterlilies. The rose is pretty too!
    I wish you all the best.

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    1. Marit, thanks for your comment! Camellias season is just starting here, it would be a relief from months of ugliness in the garden! wish a wonderful day!

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  3. ¡¡Hola MDN!! Espero y deseo tu pronta recuperación, los problemas por depresión deben ser tratados cuanto antes. En estos casos es difícil aconsejar, pero me voy a permitir darte un pequeño consejo. Te recomiendo estar muy entretenido y no pensar en los problemas que te hayan podido llevar a esa situación. Como el jardín te gusta, aprovecha para dedicarle tiempo y emprender alguna pequeña reforma en el. Debes estar el máximo de tiempo posible ocupado en cosas que realmente te llenen y te gusten. Piensa por un momento que la vida es bella y debes disfrutarla, intenta aparcar los pensamientos nefastos y disfruta de tu bello jardín.
    En cuanto a los rosales si no los podas no pasa nada, limpia un poco de ramas mal formadas o secas. En Inglaterra, la poda del rosal la suelen efectuar bastante más alta que la que realizamos normalmente en España, pero si un año no podas no ocurre absolutamente nada, igual el año próximo tienes más y mejor floración que la que hayas podido tener este año.
    Te deseo de corazón una pronta recuperación. Adelante y no te rindas ante nada.
    Un abrazo

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    1. Muchas gracias por tu comentario, estos días estuve pensando mucho en algunos cambios en mi jardín pero aún no estoy seguro de lo que haré solo decidí que no voy a podar las rosas como hice siempre, tan solo quitaré ramas muertas y algunas que obstruyen el paso, les toma toda la primavera, el verano y el otoño llegar a la altura y frondosidad que tienen ahora, podándolas solo he logrado que el resto del año se vean pequeñas y poco frondosas,veremos que pasa cuando llegué la primavera! saludos y gracias nuevamente.

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  4. Good morning dear MDN,
    I am sorry to read that you don´t feel well. I wish I could help!! But I can´t helas! I am not pruning my roses unless they are in the way. Ore overgrowing others. Most important is to clean your prune shears with pure alcohol before starting pruning to get it free from bacteria. I hope you will feel a little bit better soon!Don´t give up!!
    Rosehugs Marijke

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  5. Mi piace moltissimo vedere il tuo blog perché abbiamo le stagioni invertite :D Strano orientarsi così :D

    Ti auguro una buona giornata :)

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  6. Hi!I miss your posts...Beautiful pictures of your garden...Best wishes for you.God bless.

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  7. I'm so sorry to know about your troubles, especially that your mother passed away. But you have new ideas how to save your garden, to stop cats aggression, to prune or not to prune ---all these thoughts give an chance to recovering, dear Manolo.
    Life must go on!

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