by Leslie Cox; Saturday; March 13, 2021
This was the week the Rosa rugosa hedge was to be edited on the boulevard side of the fence. We needed to rein it in closer to the fence which provided an excellent opportunity to dig up some stolons for a neighbour.
She had asked for some plant suggestions for a planned memorial garden in honour of her husband. Given the deer in our area and the location, we could not think of anything better than the bullet-tough rugosa roses with the bonus of their long flowering period and delicious scent.
There was already a lovely metal bench situated on a covered deck at the edge of a pond. Perched on a gentle slope at the far back of the farm field, the memorial to Rick commanded a stunning view of Mt. Washington.
With the help of a small backhoe to make quick work of digging a trench and a tractor bucket-load of aged manure, the rose planting job was completed in record time. A convenient bucket on a long rope made scooping water from the pond for watering in the roses very easy.
It is always nice when you can do something special for a neighbour.
by Leslie Cox; Wednesday; March 10, 2021
I have often written about hardy geraniums over the years…mainly because they are one of the easiest and fuss-free plant species you can introduce into your garden landscape. Most flower prolifically and when they have finished blooming, you can cut them right back to the ground and they will generate a flush of fresh leaves. If conditions are right, they may produce a second round of flowers.
They tolerate even the poorest of soils and are drought tolerant once they are established. Granted, however, they do look much better if you can give them decent soil and some water during the hottest days of the summer. Geraniums are also disease- and pest-free. We have never seen anything on any of our geraniums and we have quite an assortment.
But the one I want to showcase this week is Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’. While we are not typically huge fans of the G. phaeum species because their flowers are really quite small and almost inconsequential, ‘Samobor’ is an exception. It is also about the only geranium which prefers shade over full sun. A perfect plant for my mostly shade garden.
To read more about the attributes of ‘Samobor’, click here.