Our greenhouse and potting shed garden is blooming again. From a few random new foxgloves to wildflowers to the new roses we just planted this spring. Today I am sharing a closer look at the roses we planted and how they look first bloom of the season.
The spring burst of flower sunshine has faded to a drier summer look. The weather has been crazy -we had a late freeze & hail storm that took out a lot of the peony buds and blooms and just a short couple weeks later- near triple digit heat moved in. To top it off- it is incredibly dry this year and we have already been on watering restrictions again. Even so, there is beauty popping up as flowers grow and the foundation plants are filling in. Thankfully- the new roses that were planted (arrived late) in June do okay with less water- but when they are becoming established- we do give them a bit more to encourage them to grow in lush and full.
You might remember the rose garden area we planted in spring with All Dressed Up Roses. This is the first time planting anything in this area- and they have given us so many beautiful blooms already- so they are pretty happy here. I will say though- we are looking to put in a simple overhead structure or frame to be able to add a layer of sun protection for those super hot, super sunny days.
Just look at these beauties in bloom! If you aren’t familiar with these roses- we found them online at Home Depot this spring- and when they arrived- they already had very chunky stalk size – in comparison with some of the other garden roses we have planted that were more ‘wispy’ in structure.
Potting Shed Garden Roses
In the new potting shed area- we planted 18 new roses in between the peonies and foxgloves. My husband really loved me while digging all those holes haha. 12 of the roses are The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild from David Austin Roses and 6 more of the Earth Angel from Heirloom Roses.
These are dainty roses so far- kind of like a climbing rose bloom. But this is just the first set of blooms that are now coming on so I imagine that will change as they grow in.
These are roses that have a whole lot of ruffles. They are said to look much like peonies- which I think they may as they grow. They also have an old fashioned center- which reminds me of rambler roses.
Garden Paths Right Now
Full of drying foxgloves, sages and lavenders starting to bloom again and some wildflowers that are blooming. With the drought and now water restrictions- some of the more ‘wild bloom’ areas have dried out already. We actually didn’t get the usual flush of sweet peas that we normally would. They dried out before they bloomed this year.
FOXGLOVES TIP: Though they are not so attractive when they are dried stalks in the garden beds- leave them. They are going to seed and they will drop those seeds and create new plants. You can cut some of them and lay the stalks in the garden beds as well to encourage the seeds to get going and also clean up the overall look. We have done both here- I will let you know which one seems to work better.
Make sure to also plant things that bloom at different times of the year. For example- the earlier spring bloomers like peonies and lilacs will decorate the garden beautifully- but if you don’t have anything that blooms later- the rest of the summer will be a tad boring.
I love to plant things like sage, lavender, rosemary, lambs ear, catmint & other herb foundation type plants. Along with the later bloomers like the roses, butterfly bush and wildflowers. Currently, we have yarrow & hollyhocks and Allium in bloom in some areas- echinacea, foxgloves, etc. in others.
And we also have quite a few hydrangeas in bloom that I am ready to clip and bring indoors- along with some of those pretty purple roses.
Tips to keep the Deer from Eating Roses
As you can see- we have a visitor coming through quite often. She was actually inside the gated veggie garden area the other day enjoying a few nibbles of tomatoes. My husband had left the gate open and she wandered on in. But what about those areas of the yard that are wide open? You can’t fence off everything to keep the deer from eating them of course.
I am a bit odd… I don’t mind sharing some of the nibbles with the deer. I know they need to eat- and especially right now with so much foliage and water being so dried up- they are hungry. So, I don’t discourage them as often as I should right now. But we do use something on many of the roses so that they don’t come through and nibble here and there and take the whole plant out.
Liquid Fence is a spray that you can use to keep your roses and other plants from being eaten by deer, rabbits, etc. A couple things to know about using it:
Number 1- it smells TERRIBLE. I cannot stand using it- my husband does the spraying. It smells like rotten eggs and garlic and a whole lot of grossness when you spray it. It smells on the plants for a bit too- so first thing to do is cut any roses you want to enjoy in the house- I don’t recommend giving them a sniff after spraying.
Number 2- You need to spray often for a bit. Every few days if you are overwatering- or at least a couple times a week when you first start. This will teach the deer to change their grazing path- they will learn they don’t want to eat those roses- because they smell and taste terrible and so- they go to another area (maybe your neighbors garden haha)
After they have learned to not go through and eat your roses- you can spray once a week or even once every couple of weeks and it will remind them if they get a wild hair.
We have used Liquid Fence for several years & it isn’t toxic to the animals or plants. We have acreage and lots of deer who live right here on our property. Remember that buck that walked out of area by the pear tree while I was setting up a table? We share the land and bounty with them- but with the roses they have been known to come through and eat every. last. bit. of the buds and blooms and have damaged them enough they haven’t lasted. So, we do keep most of them sprayed. Do they sometimes eat the roses anyway? Yes. But we figure if they eat them when they smell that terrible- they need the food.
I hope this helps with any animal nibble issues you have – and inspires you to add a few David Austin Roses to your garden.
Happy Gardening all.