“Around the Garden” has been working on community projects and it is time to see what is emerging, blooming, stalling in my residential garden. This is our third Spring in the new home and we have accomplished a lot but still hours and miles of seeds and weeds to go. The most striking blaze are our Knockout roses on the south border of our home. In February, I severely pruned them to an ideal four or five stalks anywhere from a foot to 18 inches tall. The idea was to contain the roses to a “below window” height and encourage new branches with multiple buds and blooms. So now, 2 and a half months later, we are approaching the mid-May eruption of RED! Each bloom is about 3 inches across. I also pruned a tea rose which is a graft of white and pink. The pruning was not as severe but the result is just as productive. A light fertilizer was applied in early March as the leaves began unfolding. The knockouts receive only natural water, have a weed membrane at soil level and are “mulched” with egg rock to prevent clay splatter on the house.
Thank you for taking the virtual tour and next week we will check on blooming progress.