Yes, that's what I want. A local professional gardener told me to do so because the soil here is very light, sometimes sandy. He suggested I do that for roses and peonies. I realize you have to work with the soil you have, but there are a few plants I'd like to grow anyway. I do have roses but they will be even nicer with better soil.
Mr. M. has been cutting back some of the plants in the gardens preparing them for winter like he does every year but he noticed today a few of them have fresh sprouts coming up! The weather has really confused many of our plants and trees, leaves coming off the branches early and garden perrenials thinking it is spring!
It's one of those times of year when I move things around in the garden. As I think I mentioned recently, I moved a bunch of irises to a sunnier spot. I also removed a bunch of cranesbill -- gave some to a neighbour and threw out the rest because I have run out of places to put them. I bought a white lagerstromia to put at the front of the garden -- that way I can see it well from the house, which is set towards the back of the yard. It won't be a tree, just a big bush -- at least according to the label. Lagerstromias are very common here and grow well, but most are pink or purply. White are more unusual.
And yesterday I went to a different nursery and found a red rosebush. It's a bit lighter than I wanted but still nice.
I have a sentimental attachment to the watermelon-colored crape myrtles, but the white ones are quite lovely.
As far as the color of the rosebush -- quite often I've had the blooms of various plants vary from how they were blooming at the nursery or as shown on a plant tag. It's good you like what you got, but it could turn out to be the exact shade you were looking for.
You are right, Bixa, that plant tags or internet pictures are not always reliable but in the case of my rosebush, there were actually two flowers on it. One stem broke as I carried it home (the stem was thin) so I put it in a glass of water and in fact the colour seems to darken over time. The rose still looks nice even after several days.
Post by mickthecactus on Nov 28, 2021 10:13:46 GMT
I've just come across a great BBC mini series called The Wild Gardener where a guy is transforming his childhood garden in Ireland into a wild life garden. Apart from the fact that he is a good presenter, the subject matter is interesting, but the camera work is outstanding. Highly recommended.