Woman Discovers Headlines
Today I will be using headlines because they are quite fun.
Rose Assault Ineffectual
Ruffians broke into the garden one night last winter and brutally pruned on the pillar roses until what remained looked like the suspended skeletons of several snakes.
Today I can report that the American Pillar roses (there are two) have overcome the violent attempt on their lives and have risen from the pruned ashes to once again shower electric pink color in eye-damaging brilliance.
(If I were just guessing I would say this rose was developed in about 1960, because of its hot pink, but no it is chromatically precocious and dates from 1902, which is about when some previous owner planted it in my garden.)
Both roses survived the outlaw clipping– could be that I pruned them myself actually, now that I think about it– and I can’t see that they look one bit different than when I prune moderately so I’m taking next winter off from this particular guilt-driven effort.
Mystery Plant Threatens Neighbors’ Safety
In the spring we reported (the gods and I) the appearance of a Mystery Plant in one of the big orange pots. Here’s the accompanying photo:
We thought it might be a vindictive California poppy, showing that they could grow in my garden only if they chose and if it had nothing to do with my planting them.
It turned out to be Delphinium consolida, which has never before volunteered although I plant it nearby every year. This is how it looks today:
Of course it is way too big a plant for growing at the edge of a tall pot so it is falling over and annoying several of its neighbors who are considering a class action lawsuit but it is not my fault.
Pot Improves Life
No not that kind of pot. Well maybe but not right now.
Here is a fern ground-cover (adiantum capillus-veneris) which grew pathetically for years in a bed beneath other ferns but now thrives in its special-special pot filled with soil (not d-i-r-t) to which a bunch of lime has been added.
Hen and Chicks Caged with Tiger
Here’s another little pot, with some sand added, and a couple starts of the Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) plant inherited from my mother’s garden.
I confine the hen and increasing number of chicks to this mossy homemade tufa pot (they are not free-range) but as you can see they are attempting escape so keep an eye out, they will likely show up in your garden soon.