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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Before and After: I Promised You A Rose Garden

My first “catch up” project is done. I was out at the crack of dawn yesterday to get this done! By 2pm it was 96* with a heat index of 114*!! (According to www.wunderground.com which has been pretty accurate for our area.)

Dad and Mom weeded it for me. The grass piles in the driveway looked like a hay bale had broken there!

Remember what it looked like before?

First I put down some Miracle Grow fertilizer pellets then I laid down a layer of good quality weed cloth over the whole bed. Getting it tucked in around the stickery roses was not fun!


That was followed with a thick layer (12 bags) of red mulch. I think the red mulch looks really nice against the dark leaves of the roses.

New rule in this household: NO mulch goes down without having weed cloth under it!!!

As I mentioned earlier, the cannas will be staying there until it gets cool enough to move them safely. I’ve got an area I want to put them, plus my Mom wants a few for one of her planting beds. Once I get them out I’ll put about 4 more roses in where they were.

Oh… those rocks sitting on the ties will go bye-bye when I get my wheelbarrow tire aired up.

3 comments:

  1. Very nice!

    I've used weed cloth before. It worked pretty well, but there were some shallow-rooted plants that managed to thrive in the small layer of mulch, so don't expect to never have to weed the bed again :-)

    Do cannas grow year-round in your area? They die back in the fall here, so every year they need to be dug out and replanted in the spring. It's worth it, though.

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  2. What a difference...! Good job...!

    Your place looks lovely. But 114 degrees? Good grief! Time to put your feet up and have a lemonade. :-)

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  3. You've done a great job, there. Very lovely and roses are wonderful! Be sure and stay hydrated!

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