I’m alive, and so is my garden! In fact, I can safely say that my garden has never looked so good. After the last two years of drought, it amazes me how quickly everything filled in and bounced back. Even the roses are covered in flowers despite the fact that I barely fertilized and completely missed the window to cut everything back properly.
Seriously, it’s completely ridiculous how much is in bloom in my yard right now. I’ve been walking outside, looking around, and laughing with giddiness. The garden is the most spectacular it’s ever looked in the three and a half years I’ve been working on it, and that’s including the front yard, which I finally finished hardscaping and planting last month.
Here’s the rose “Maggie” on the fence. Thanks to planting four other extremely thorny roses directly in front of it, sadly, I haven’t managed to fight my way back to the fence in order to properly appreciate the fragrance. Which is sad, because the scent is strong and fabulous. I’m tempted to knock on my neighbors’ door and ask if I can spend 5 minutes in their backyard just because there’s nothing in the way on their side of the fence.
Here are a few blurry pictures of the back borders, which contain roses, artemesia, heartleaf skullcap,and a ton of salvia greggii, among other things. Please excuse the blurry pictures; it was starting to rain:
Right now nearly every rose in my yard is blooming with such abandon that I spend every spare moment outside wandering around smelling the flowers and staring. A complete list:
Republic of Texas
Star of the Republic
Gruss an Aachen
Souvenir de la Malmaison
Duchesse de Brabant
Eugene de Beauharnais
Mme Alfred Carriere
Pink Double Knockout
yellow and orange bulbine
‘Homestead Purple’ verbena
“Walker’s Low” catmint
passalong peach iris from Annie In Austin
various ornamental cabbages
This is my favorite Bloom Day ever.