March 29, 2007

Rose garden

Rose garden

This past weekend we began our requisite home ownership gardening. Tackling our giant, overgrown, ill-planned yard may seem daunting, but we got a kick start when I received two rose bushes and a butterfly bush in the mail as a late arriving birthday present from my Mom.

The front side yard has three old rose bushes that bloomed like mad last year. I thought it would be great to turn the side of the front yard into a long rose garden. The above photo is the result of two hard days of work. The before photo shows the overgrown, grassy field we had to dig up.

With the help of our local organic gardening center, we planted the two rose bushes, a Double Delight and a Royal Bonica. They came as bare root plants, packed in a box. When I pulled them out they looked amazingly like the little mandrake root baby from Pan’s Labyrinth.

In between the roses we planted Prostrate Rosemary and Veronica Georgia Blue, both of which will creep over the top of the mini pine nuggets and provide purple flowers, one in the spring, one in the fall.

Photos of the butterfly bush garden will be coming soon. I need to do a little more work on it this weekend. And with this I open a new category of my blog, “Garden” and a new role as a home gardener.


  1. congrats on your new role. the pine nuggets and creeping plants are cute. it will be fun to see how things develop!

    Comment by Arielle — March 29, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

  2. I like what you did with the front yard — and I’m excited to read more “garden” entries! We began cleanup here and I have big plans for the backyard, but no planting yet!

    Comment by rosie — March 31, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

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