A-to-Z Challenge, garden, roses

It’s a Knockout! (Rose, that is)

Knockout roses.  I have always wondered what that meant.  I don’t have any roses in my garden, even though I have tried.

For some reason, I always thought that Knockout Roses were really knock-off roses.


Knockout Roses were introduced in 2000.  Many people assume that Knockout Roses need absolutely no care at all – no water, no fertilizer, no pruning.  That’s really not true.


container knockout

They do require water and always benefit from from occasional fertilizer.  And like any other plant, an occasional manicure keeps the shrub in shape.

Perhaps not a rose for cutting, these roses look spectacular in containers and in borders.  Definitely going to add some color, by way of the Knockout, to my garden this year!


Moving right through this alphabet challenge!  



winter gardening

Not so unusual

I have a fun little app on my phone called timehop.  It somehow scans through my history on lots of other apps (facebook, twitter, instagram) and the photos and text messages on my phone.  Then each day, it gives me a little history of what I posted on this day in history.  It’s pretty fun!


So yesterday, a picture of my crocus popped up.  Seems like a year ago to the day, my yard started blooming.

February certainly has received a bad rap.  We always consider February a cold, bleak, gray month.  The only thing to look forward to is the birthday duo and Valentine’s Day.  Actually, not bad for a cold, bleak, gray month!


This was my birthday bouquet.  Purple roses!  Who knew!


And I think I have finally found the perfect location for my fancy pants helebores.  I will have to check on the tag for the real name.  Looks like he will be blooming any day now!  I have been waiting for 3 years now for this event.

When I realized the crocus was in bloom, I quickly checked for the snowdrops (none just yet), and strolled down to the new location of the helebores.  Now, every day I’m checking on the progress.

I’m so glad I found some flowers that seem to enjoy blooming while the snow flies.  And I sure hope deer don’t like the taste.

If you live in the cold zone, let me know what is blooming in your snow!  I’d really like to add to my winter blooms collection!

garden, garden club, roses

Rose Talk – Garden Club Update

I recently joined the neighborhood garden club, and attended the March meeting last week.  The Greenridge Garden Club is a small group of ladies who all have some connection with my neighborhood, Greenridge.  Most of them lived here at one point, but only 3 members (including me) are actual residents.

One of the members, Maryann, is a Master Gardener, and she presented a talk on growing roses.

Maryann has over 60 varieties of roses in her garden.  But her first suggestion was to start small.  Perhaps 3 plants initially, choose a red, yellow, and a pink.  She assured us that roses are very easy to grow.  Dig a big hole and plant up to the graft knot.  Easy speesy.

Then she proceeded to talk for 90 minutes on care, pests, and diseases.  I had to suppress a giggle.

One of Maryann’s favorite rose suppliers is David Austin. These roses are a bit pricey, but she claims the quality is well worth the price.   The David Austin website offers a great tutorial for those of us who are new to rose gardening.  I highly recommend a visit.

Of the three types of roses – wild, old garden, modern – she focussed her talk on the modern roses.  Modern roses are defined as roses developed after 1867.  Hybrid teas, the kind you find at the florist, are very fussy.  Floribunda (many flowering), miniatures, and climbers round out the modern roses.

Many of the members like to grow the knockout variety, but Maryann does not care for them.  However, the long blooming season and small plant structure make it a very attractive choice for smaller gardens.

Knockout (photo credit: pallensmith.com)