The ups and downs of renovating a house

…or two

Archive for the month “July, 2017”


I have never been known for my green thumb.  I’d say I have a brown thumb most of the time.  I can get some things to grow initially, but I tend to be a bit neglectful and they die.  It’s sad. But, in the last few years, I’ve gotten a bit better at growing. Having the internet is helpful, so I can learn how to plant and grow things better (and know how to maintain them).  So, I decided that I’d plant roses in our back garden.  They would do two things: bring some beauty and provide (eventually) some security (thorns).  I went with climbing roses that are meant to be hardy, in the sun and which flower a bit more often.

Unfortunately, I got them during the hottest part of the summer so far, which meant keeping them from dying was a bit more difficult.  It took me a while to get the holes deep enough (tough digging!).  But it finally happened, they were placed in their designated areas.  I had to deadhead all of them shortly after, which made me sad, but there is hope that new flowers would come.  Two of them are proving that (one has tons of new buds and flowers and the other has some buds).  The other two have new leaves coming in, so we’ll see if we get more flowers in the future.

We have the Generous Gardner, which has a very pale pink English rose (one that hasn’t come back in yet):


The Warm Welcome with its unusual flame coloured roses:


The Crown Princess Margarita which has an apricot coloured rose (we’ll soon see):

And finally, the Pilgrim, which produces a soft yellow rose:

I’m trying to decide if I want to get a few more to plant in the back.  We’ll see.  If so, I’ll definitely post pictures!


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