Garden update, June 9, 2012

It’s kind of a grey day, but the yard is mowed and I’m overdue for my monthly (yes, this is May) garden update. So I snapped a few.

Backyard first! We’re planning on putting in a patio this year to make it significantly more attractive (and less muddy), so that will be the biggest change. We also gave away the rhododendrons we had because they were doing very poorly with the clay soil, and I’ve been allowed to plan multiple more rose bushes for that area next year. Because kids, I love my roses.

But first, food! Our bramble wall is coming in nicely — two everbearing raspberries (visible), one teeny blackberry (invisible), one blackberry that didn’t grow (completely invisible). We’ll plant another blackberry next year. We should have our first raspberries soon.

brambles against a trellis with a green fence.

One side of our teensy yard. This is where the rhododendrons were, and includes currently a maple hybrid, two rosebushes (Adelaide Hoodless and a Rosa rugosa alba), a spirea, and the world’s biggest pussy willow in the corner. (Keep in mind that last May, the pussy willow looked like this.)

small fenced yard with plants.

The other half! The trellis there has a climbing rose planted at the base that’s still too small to actually see. :) But it’s growing in well! (‘Henry Kelsey’, if you’re curious.)

small fenced yard with plants.

A pause to celebrate the rose grower’s favorite friends.

ladybug on rosebush.

ladybug on rosebush.

In case any of you out there have been dying for roses but want some that are ridiculously low maintenance, I cannot say enough about the species Rugosas, which come in various shades of mauve and this white one. Other than occasionally putting it back together after the dogs have trod all over it, it just grows and blooms.

Now onto the much, much more attractive front.

The sharp eyed among you will notice that our ‘backyard’ is actually a side yard.

Large house McMansion style with a lot of plants.

The other side yard.

Large house McMansion style with a lot of plants.

The corner, or ‘wow, you guys really don’t like normal green foliage do you?’

Large house McMansion style with a lot of plants.

And the answer is ‘of course we do, as long as it comes in the form of roses’. Rose row is now sort of visible! The two giant red roses are, of course, visible. The bigger one is sort of off balance and got punched over by a wind storm, so it is being braced now, and will be pruned into a nicer shape this fall.

Large house McMansion style with a lot of plants.

And as a final reminder, this is where we started in October of 2009.

The same house with almost no plants.

The same house with almost no plants.

Not bad for growing on the world’s heaviest clay with cold winters and almost constant blowing wind, huh?

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