I live to grow flowers. I am also glad that I have lived long enough to find the best gardening
partner I could ever have wished for.
Monday, October 24, 2011
October Blooms Part 3
"What is in a name a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Shakespear
We bought October fest in the spring of 2008 from Selman's Nursery. Liz told us it was her Mother favorite rose. Being a grandaflora it grows tall blooms back but slower than most. In the spring it loads up, in fact we have had to cut them off if it rains at that time.
Hot Coco was planted in 2009, bought at Selman's Nursery in Eudora Arkansas. A florabunda, in spring blooms in clusters, grows about four and one half feet. Keeps blooms most of the time not a real full bloom. We are happy with it. Tends to have week limbs, need to keep it cut short for a while.
Roses are not the only flowers I have in my garden. I planted these Mums in the fall of 2008 and we cut them back to about four inches after they bloom in the fall. They begin to bloom in July and we keep them dead headed, they bloom until the first frost. It is recommended to cut Mums back to seven inches until July, but I like for mine to bloom early. I have the Lavender in two places they come up every year. A really good flower garden needs something blooming at all time, this is my goal.
I was surprised that some of my Day Lilies have been blooming since the last of April and still are. I bought one of these Day Lilies in 2009 divided it in 2010 and had eleven when I finished. I planted them around three sides of my peace rose bed. I buy only rebloomers now.
We bought Ebtide in 2008 at Selman's Nursery. It is not as dark I would like it to be but it is a rose that blooms well. A florabunda Ebtide is not too tall and blooms in clusters. The fragrance of the rose is quite lovely. Most purples or lavender roses have a wonderful fragrance
Butteryflies love lantana. I have two different kinds, one grows really bid, in fact too large, you have to cut them down. This one is light pink and yellow, my favorite.
This bed has mostly bulbs however I did plant these Mums and Gold Lantana. This Gold Lantana is a great size, we dead head it and it does not get out of control
We planted this Red Lantana in the spring, bought it at Selman's Nursery. I planted it in the flower bed with my Peace rose. A very good bloomer, the color is bright and catches your eye. I hope you have enjoyed this October page and you will continue to watch my garden grow, and will grow one of your own. Happy Gardening to you from me. Juanita