Spring Clean Up and Time to Start New Plants
I edged one of my big flowerbeds - ugh!
Raked up all that mess and put it into the burn pile.
Took cuttings from my Heritage Rose and potted them up to root. Took cuttings from my ever-blooming Azalea and potted them and set glass jars over each one so they will root (I hope).
Going back out to finish cutting back all the deadwood on the Species rose growing on the back of the carport. Most of it died last year due to the drought. It was so beautiful. Covered the entire back side of the carport. In Spring, it is covered in tiny white blooms that have a scent of peppery-rose. But it is a resilient rose and is making a come back.
I cut half of it back this past weekend and the pile is 6 feet wide and 10 feet tall. Going to haul it to the burn pile first and then start on the other half. It kills my lower back, but them's the breaks!
Spring clean up is quite a task.
Moved one of the Betty Prior roses to a hopefully better location. Set out a new rose by the new arbor in the back yard - a Climbing Iceberg rose I bought a while back. It is looking really good. Lots of new growth.
This year, I'm going to take a few cutting off the Gruss en Aachen rose to send to my friend, Kathy, in Texas. She lost her rose. I grew it from a cutting from her bush, so now going to send her some cuttings from my bush. We could call them - her grand baby roses.
Starting more rose cuttings from the Ballerina rose, and Portmeirion, too. I took cuttings from Simply Marvelous, Mister Lincoln and Mirandy back in February and they are looking good. Want more of all those throughout the garden.
I sprouted my tomato, broccoli and red bell pepper seeds last week and then potted them up this past weekend. I used little plastic containers that dog food came in for the nursery pots. They are all sitting on cookie sheets on top of the stove in the kitchen. Not sure where I will move them to. They take up so much room! Guess I better go make room out in my make-shift greenhouse for them. Can't cook with them on the stove.
I've been watering my new fruit trees despite all the rain we have been getting. We are out of the "short-term drought", but still a way to go before the long-tern drought is over. Hope this rainy weather continues.
The Apricot tree is loaded with bloom buds,.I hope they don't open up too early. or the typical spring frosts we get will ruin them. Haven't checked the apples or peaches today, but the trees are doing very well.
That's part of what I have been doing for spring readiness.
What are you doing?