One of my clients has a tier garden , a few tall plants but mostly med to short. And in and round her flowers she had placed china plates , the kind you would find on a wall. They had flowers on them ,some were standing, others were laying up against piled soil. Instead of rocks , that I use to fill in the holes she had used plates. It looked really good.
This flower bed has been bugging me all summer ,a couple of weeks ago I took every thing out, moved it to a sunnier location, and started walking around looking at my flowers and the neighborhoods , to see what looks good this time of year.
After 2 years of crazy weather , I am not messing around with delicate plants ! And I love rocks , they stay where you put them, they don't need water or fertilizer and they look good year around !LOL.
Oh and the last picture is what happens when you put air in a wheelbarrow tire that needs to be replaced .LOL
Some of my roseses are turning yellow, I thought it was lack of iron so I put ironite on them and then someone told me that needed magnesium. It has been a month now and they are still pale green. What is weird is the one right next to the pale green is a lushes geen one ! They are blooming fine , and no bugs .
I am so happy , every thing I have transplanted on my little mini vacation is standing up and smiling. The three rose's didn't even wilt, and it has been 95 plus , and a hot wind blowing , I am going hate to see my water bill though. Now the front flower bed is empty, This is the third time I have over hauled it. It's too shady- too windy - too dry and the dirt is awful. No matter what I mix in to the soil it stills gets hard . Ever flower bed I have, has been a compost pile for 2 years before I plant any thing. I don't think the neighbors would like me to build a compost pile next to the front door.We are setting on gumbo and shale and a foot down in places I run into what looks like coal.! So I am going to plant a couple of dog wood shrubs,lay some cloth down and fill with gravel and boulders . My son pick me up 4 petrified wood rocks the last time he went up north. They are beautiful , now I just have to go to Billings and get them! I thought variegated dogwood would look really cool in the shade and gravel.They seem to be very hardy in this crazy Zone.
I was mowing the lawn... now all summer my soak er hose has been laying under the barberry hedge, never had a problem mowing . Today some how the end was sticking up . I ran the lawn mower over it... that end piece flew out the side of the mower and had it been 2 inches higher I would have busted my picture window . I tell you the garden angels were looking out for me today!
Jim was almost out of little projects now he has another one !!LOL.
I told Jim the other day he had better slow down there won't be anything for him to do next summer , but go fishing . I am loving his retirement.
Couldn't stand seeing all that bare ground I had created so I transplanted a few day lilies and iris today . Then moved 4 gigantic rocks . I am getting old. What used to take a few minutes now scans at least an hour. Going to need aspirin later.
I am loving these cool mornings , Yesterday I finished the new Strawberry patch. Where they were , got too hot and they had no where to grow.I need to wait a few more weeks to transplant, it gets in the 90s yet.
I am going to plant plums behind the strawberrys
My little side garden sure has grownup.
Does any on know what cause snow on the mountain to turn brown, it sure gets ugly this time of year. Neighbor said it's to hot , I think so too but you see it growing every where in the sun.
July is over , It has been a crazy 2 months . Grandkids were here for 3 weeks in June. It rained for two of those 3 weeks . Asked my granddaughter, if there was any thing she would change about her trip to Montana... "not so much rain gramma".
One thing about the rain, my garden grew and so did the weeds,. Gave up on the veggie garden. It was either raining or I was working. I am sticking to fruits and flowers. I will go to the farmers market for beans!
I spent the morning pruning all the shrubs, they were so over grown, and took out some funky plants from the beds. Planted 3 bee balms and to diathias. Planted wild roses near the garage, I might be sorry one day that I did that!
Jim and I have to take down the mountain ash tree that gives my deck shade, it has never recovered since that 30 below in October 2009. Breaks my heart, it was such a nice tree.
I didn't clean the pond out this spring and it sure shows, had trouble with algae, the water just has not been right plants are slow to bloom, the leaves are just now looking really nice on the lilies.
The roses are beautiful this year though,
This is my new pond security.. "Justin Beaver"
I have more rose pictures in the photo's labeled July 2011