Noelle who hosts 'Monthly Garden Bouquet' at Ramblings from a Desert Garden suggests we might want to make a bouquet of autumn colors this month. That was my intention as I headed outside to check out what was in bloom. However, my roses caught my attention and it occurred to me this may be the last chance to show them off. Now, flower arranging is not my forte, so I just stuck them in a vase and let them speak for themselves...
I thought the rose petals on the table were a nice touch.
Roses at tea-time are always appropriate ...
I picked these blooms from the new flower bed. The main purpose of my blog is to make a record of what I accomplish in the garden each year. So if you will indulge me, I would like to document the construction of this bed.
Regular followers may remember we had two large catalpa trees removed from the back of the house last year. I had fun planning what to do with the new spaces. We decided on a patio tree where one catalpa stood and this will be planted next spring. I wanted to grow more roses, so a new bed would go where the other tree was removed. I thought a vertical element was needed, and when my daughter gave me a very tall wrought iron trellis, I knew this would serve the purpose.
I marked out the bed and H.H. prepared the soil. This was no easy task as there were tree roots from the old catalpa to contend with. However, he was able to dig quite deeply and then he amended with compost, horse manure, and peat moss.
If you look carefully at the above picture you will see the trellis leaning against the pasture fence near the goat. I was hoping to detract from the ugliness of the pasture fence with the trellis and judicious plantings.
Following a rough sketch I had made, and with the trellis in place, I happily began planting. I put golden biota, Platycladus cupressaceae, on each side of the trellis to ground it. A climbing rose was placed at the foot of the trellis with a clematis. I relocated some garden ornaments to fill the gaps.
|Rosa Cl. 'Iceberg' by Weeks Roses|
|Clematis x jackmanii 'Mrs. Cholmondeley'|
|Sweet Autumn Clematis|
|David Austin Rosa 'Lichfield Angel'|
|Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia|
|Lupine Lupinus polyphyllus mix|
|Miniature rose Rosa "Rise 'N' Shine"|
I was happy with the result. And when we added the fish pond to the area, the new flower bed seemed perfectly placed and really came into its own.
So today I celebrate the Grand Dame of flowers, the rose. Now let's go over to Noelle's blog to see what bouquets other gardeners have made today.
Happy October gardening,
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