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!

19 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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    1. Marijke, sorry for replying so late! I didn't prune my roses as I always did, I simply cut spent blooms and some very tall canes but I left them almost intact. Well see what happens in spring! I still have to transplant some roses but the soil is too wet because of the almost constant rain, I really need some dry weeks! enjoy your summer roses!

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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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    1. Thanks!!! I hope summer is making your garden beautiful! best wishes!

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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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    1. Hello there! I will be posting again, I needed to gather new energies to work in the garden again, spring will be soon here and we'll see what happens! thanks for visiting

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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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    1. Nadezda, sorry for replying so late! I've been planing what to do with the garden and gave the roses a very light prune, only cut spent blooms and some excessively tall canes, I still have to transplant some roses but the rain is delaying all my plans.I hope you are enjoying the summer!

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  8. Hello dear Marcelo, I too am very sorry to hear about all your sorrows. Your garden looks like Paradise to me, but perhaps I can't even guess how much work there is behind the beauty.
    Cats... I have always loved them but not so much after having lived in an area where most neighbours had cats... that used our small garden as their toilet. I tried to shoot them with a water pistol, but didn't succeed very well. Recently I read that cats don't like aluminium foil. It's not very practical in a big garden but you could try lining some strategic spots with it. Another wonderful thing would be motion-activated water sprinklers. :)
    This is my favourite link: https://www.wikihow.com/Repel-Cats
    I send you big hugs and some Midsummer Magic from Finland.

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    1. Sara, sorry for this delayed reply. I thank you for your kind words a lot and also for the anti-cats tips! I am planing some things for the garden but days are so rainy that I have barely spent some days outdoors in the last months. I hope summer is splendid over there!

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  10. Hello Marcelo. I too, have been wondering about your long absence, and I’m very sorry to read about your troubles with health and depression. I think the idea to leave your roses unpruned is a good one to try and there surely is nothing to lose. Maybe you’ll have a wonderful surprise come spring. It’s quite cold and wintry here but my roses have suffered severely from black spot. This means I have to be extra careful and collect all the old leaves and destroy them when I prune at the end of this month. Quite a chore.
    Best wishes, Jane.

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    1. Jane, sorry for replying so late. I left the roses practically unpruned, only cut spent blooms and some very tall canes, we'll see what happens, I see lots of promising growth bud in the canes I didn't prune, I will begin to feed next month. Wish all the best!

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