Monday, June 8, 2009

a rosy weekend


although most of the weekend kind of drifted by without me noticing, sunday was quite productive. we (and when i say "we" i am mainly referring to andrew and his folks) finally finished the vegetable garden. andrew was nice enough to build a shade cover for the lettuces that actually aren't supposed to be planted in summer (but i want my lettuces, daddy, and i want them NOW!). of course he suggested wire and some green plastic something. i don't think so. you see, i am very difficult. i am aware of this, so somehow i think that makes it ok. i don't want green plastic in my veggie garden, just as i didn't want wire cones for the tomatoes. i mean come on. i was able to find some great bamboo arches for the tomatoes and beans and some cute burlap (yes, burlap can be cute if i say so) for the shade cover. it all looks great. fingers crossed. i am known for killing plants, lots and lots of plants. we also planted my two david austin rose bushes. i did not know about david austin roses, my my mother in law told me they were quite famous. i liked them because they looked like peonies, and since i can't really grow peonies here, i thought this was a great second option. oh, and they smell really, really good. old fashioned rose smell. mine are a lighter version of these. right before we planted them (and again, i am not a part of "we" - - just imagine me in the background shouting out orders and belittling people when they give me a suggestion i don't like) my mother in law gave me the bad news. they would have to be cut back. all flowers off. i trust her, though. she's a real green thumb. so she trimmed and i quickly put them in a vase and took the above photo. hopefully there will be lots more rose photos to come. i checked this morning and they haven't grown at all. how long is this supposed to take?

ps. it is not all glamour. mum and i pulled weeds out of our new back yard that we (you know the drill on "we") grew from seed. wow. what a difference. it looks like a real lawn and strangely enough, i found weeding very therapudic.

12 comments:

Chris said...

I had beautiful tea roses when I lived with my parents years ago. They're definitely worth the work, and the smell is incredible. But yeah, they can be slow growers sometimes, and there's always pruning, weeding, and de-bugging to be done. It's helpful when you have different kinds and they're all blooming at different times. Yours are lovely!

Bri said...

I have a rosebush out back that is miraculous. When it blooms, you can smell it all of the way down to the street. You just have to be mean with roses, is all.

blorange dice said...

ooo, gardening!! i'm jealous and really hoping our landlord will let us start our own in the fall. those roses are lovely! and i think it's great you don't want any of those tacky wire things among the lovely plants. (: hope you get to see some more blossoms soon!

Miss B said...

Those roses are great, I really thought the were peonies so I am duly thrilled:)

sara said...

my mom and sister have recently started gardening as well, and my sister is impatient for things to grow! just a little garden, but i hope that it works out well for her. and you too! <3

melissa davis said...

What a gorgeous shot!!

I am a bit obsessed with garden roses myself (one thing I love about living in Northern Cal- all the amazing roses that grow so well here!), but was not blessed with a green thumb. I'm more of a plant killer, unfortunately.

Carol said...

Such a pretty picture! I'd love to have those flowers on my desk right now!

Requiem Pour Un Con said...

This photo is absolutely breathtaking. I usually find flowerphotos quite dull, but this.. this is fabulous. ♥

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Intrinsically Florrie said...

I adore David Austin Roses.

Sandra said...

So beautiful. Love the soft colours. Your blog is amazing. xo

thea said...

oooh yum! Aren't they just gorgeous!!

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