Night time temperatures are still in the lower 40’s, so it’s too early to get the more cold tender plants out of the shed. But there are plenty of other things blooming to make spring gorgeous.
The red roses and white (actually they are yellow that fade to white) are both Knockouts. The peachy roses are Oso Easy Paprika. The tall bush in the back with pink flowers are Earth Kind.
About weeds: gardening is hard and many of the results are out of our control due to weather. So I think we should give ourselves a break. It is almost impossible to get all chores done timely, especially if you don’t have help. Gardeners are usually kind to other gardeners but hard on themselves.
On the other side of the house more roses are blooming like crazy. This Katy Road is super hardy. It was developed by Dr. Griffith Buck at Iowa State University to withstand the cold and long winters of the Midwest. It was named Carefree Beauty.
In Texas, it has been known as Katy Road Pink because it was found on Katy Road in Houston. Amazingly, it has proven to endure our hot, dry summers.
Large orange colored rose hips are produced from every flower.
The Oxeye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgarees) have spread. Several have been dug up and potted for garden club plant sales. Some people don’t want them in their yards because they do spread. I like the fact that they can become pass-a-long plants.
Two years ago I was given this Amaryllis for Christmas. I had tried planting Amaryllis bulbs in a flower bed with so-so results. So I decided to put this bulb in a larger pot and place it outside in a mostly shady spot during the spring, summer, and fall. When it got cold, I put it in the heated shed.
Reblooming Irises are as dependable as sunshine in the desert. In fact, I’m not sure how a person would kill bulb. Maybe by drowning them. They don’t require much water as the ones out in our field prove.
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” Emma Goldman