neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

Tuesday day -- gardening

Well, I tried an allergy pill last night at 11:30 p.m., then again at 3:30 a.m.  Though it helped my allergies, it did not help my sleep.  Someone was playing a radio loudly enough for me to nearly hear the words, too, at 4:00 a.m.  I have to ask R.A. who to call to make a noise complaint.  You couldn't hear it out in the main room, so I guess it was either above or below my bedroom.

Mom called at 11:00 a.m., after I'd dozed for a few hours, to say that one of her church lady friends, J.D., had children available to do digging today, if I wanted to come to the house.  They're college age.  Well, J. just graduated and K. is in college.  I supervised, and they dug holes.  We made a run to Wal-Mart to get top soil and potting soil, since the only thing I had left was very expensive potting mix with fertilizer in it.  We used that when planting 'Marchioness of Londonderry'.  We used top soil mixed with perlite for the rest.

'Marchioness of Londonderry' went by the front porch, and so did 'Mme. Isaac Pereire'.  We planted 'Mme. Hardy' out somewhat further from the porch, sort of between the sweet briar and 'Mme. Zoetmans'.  I had them try to dig a hole where the ornamental cabbage is going to seed, to plant 'Morning Has Broken' there, but that turned out to be pure shale not too far down.  They said you'd need a machine for that.  Dad can get the augur he's been talking about for that.  We put the pot into as much of a hole as we could get, and planted the marigolds around it.

We planted 'Alec's Red', 'Fragrant Cloud' and 'Perfume Delight' in the former herb garden.  If the one-year-old roses in there bloom this year, it should be quite spectacularly fragrant in June.  Various of the roses I already had and some of the Antique Rose Emporium roses have buds on them already.

So that was six more roses.  It's seventeen of the twenty-five I got this year so far, either in bigger pots than they came in or in the ground.  I have other roses in pots that could be planted in the ground, but they came through the winter as they were, so I'm not highly worried about it.  'Celsiana' is still in the pot it came in, and could be planted by the north side of the house with the other old damasks and albas.

The ones that still need to be planted are the Autumn Damask, 'General Jacqueminot', 'Heritage', 'Maggie', and 'Paul Neyron' from the Antique Rose Emporium; and the Cabbage Rose, 'Salet' and 'Mr. Lincoln' of the Heirloom Roses ones I got.  I'm pleased that so many of the roses have gotten planted so far, and less than a month after I got them.  I've had some I got in past springs stay in the pots I got them in into July or August or later, or end up in relatively small pots.  I feel like some of this year's have a chance. 

Tags: flowers, garden

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