The June Garden…

For me, spring is all about blooming plants, strawberries, and garden tours.

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My yellow shrub roses are a huge pop of spring color.  They are in bloom for a short two weeks, but I probably get more comments about them than I get about any other plant in our landscape.

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It is a little funny that I even still have these lemony yellow roses. When we had our landscaping done initially, some 10ish years ago, I had asked for copper shrub roses.

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The landscaping was done in September or October so the roses weren’t in bloom at the time. It looked like they put in the copper roses as requested. Spring rolled around and they bloomed yellow. I was like – what is going on? I only had two copper ones and the rest were yellow. And, even the two copper ones had and still have random yellow blossoms mixed in…

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Over the years I came to appreciate the fluffy yellow shrub roses. The yellow blooms last longer and are more abundant than the copper ones.

Then, I nearly gave up on these roses two years ago. They had rust disease so all the leaves would yellow and drop off. They looked really bad. I was bummed, but I’ve not got the patience for high maintenance plants. So, when the rust disease persisted into a second year I was ready to remove these things.  Then, I felt bad about giving up on these little guys. I decided they deserved a real chance at survival.  I cut them down to the ground (which is not recommended for shrub roses), cleaned out the beds thoroughly, and started a fertilizing routine three times during the season (Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day) with some rose food made specifically for our region (at the suggestion of a friend). It worked!  Last year the rose bushes sprouted back in good health, but with only a few blooms.  The few bloom thing was an expected consequence of cutting them to the ground the year prior. So, I (im)patiently waited another year. I had been planning what I was going to replace them with this spring. I didn’t have a lot of faith that they would make it back. I was wrong. They have not only survived – they have thrived! This is a lesson learned for me. A little care, minimal maintenance, some food, and a lot of patience pays off. The blooms are beautiful this year.

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My favorite spring bloomer, you ask?  Definitely, my purple giant alliums…

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A quick update on my 2014 gardening project…

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The front flower bed has been a work in progress this spring with it’s stacked stone redo and early plantings. Now, I’ve added some spring bloomers – columbines, lupines, and coral bells. I think it is coming along…

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If I was stuck on a desert island with only one food item, I would pick strawberries. I love, love, love strawberries.  Usually, the squirrels and birds beat me to harvest. This year my strawberries have been disguised by the mini sedum. Another reason this sedum is the best

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Beautiful gardens and creative spaces are the reason I love garden tours.

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Our neighborhood tour was this weekend. There was one overall garden that stood out for me.  It was mounds of mass sedum plantings. Not the sedum roof mix I have been raving about (and been planting in my own garden), but individual sedum patched together in blocks of color.  The owner described her yard/garden as a “crazy quilt”.  The pictures don’t do it justice. It is beautiful.

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My favorite blooming plant of the tour was the wisteria.  We don’t get to see wisteria blooming here in Colorado very often. So, you can imagine that this wisteria vine was quite popular amongst most of the garden tourists. While I was standing there snapping a few photos, the gardener must have had a dozen inquiries about what variety it is.

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 We all want one.