Tag: Rosa ‘Darlow’s Enigma’

Saying Goodbye to the Garden

It’s hard to leave the garden when you’re going away for a long trip. Judy and I are heading to Japan tomorrow and we’ll be staying there for a couple of weeks. (It’s another vacation piggybacked on Judy’s business trip.) I can’t stop thinking of everything I’ll miss while we’re gone. So I spent much …

Time for Cutting Back, Or Not

During late May and early June I spend a lot of time cutting back my perennials.

Bloom Day Supplement: Roses In Shade And Other July Blooms

So on Tuesday night my Bloom Day post was getting long, and I was getting tired, so I decided to cover the back garden in a second post. Which is what I’m doing now. I refer to the back garden as my shady garden, but it is a light, dappled shade mostly from tall Silver …

More Fall Color in the Garden

As we near the end of October, fall seems to be ambling rather than marching on. We have yet to see a frost, and the warm weather means colors have shifted only slowly. Seedheads of Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) are no longer green, but seem to shimmer like hundreds of tiny goldfish. They look …

Rose Report

This year got off to an inauspicious start for my roses. All in all, though, it wasn’t a bad year. I am a relative newcomer to roses, and there is only a modest selection in my garden. Even so, I’m very fond of the ones I have. The saddest development was the death of ‘Strike it …

Weekend Garden Notes

  Snowdrops are blooming. It’s a relief to finally see the first snowdrops (Galanthus) in bloom. In 2012 they bloomed in February and were done by mid-March. This year they are just getting started. I really should have kept track of the varieties I planted, but I didn’t so I can’t know which kinds are early …

November Snow

Well, that was fast. If I remember correctly, in the last several posts I’ve written about our mild autumn, how the seasons seem to be lingering, etc. But that was then, and this is now. I had today off due to the holiday. It had been raining gently pretty much all day, which is a …

November Roses Not Ready To Call It Quits

November is not thought of as a time for roses in Chicago, but a couple of our roses refuse to take the hint from the cooling weather. Most notably, ‘Cassie’ continues to pump out clusters of little white semi-double flowers. No doubt this is a product of the odd autumn weather, but I find it …

Is There A Rosarian In The House?

My ‘Westerland’ rose is not well. This rose grows up one side of the arbor leading into our back garden. I’ve read you can train it as a climber, even though it is not normally considered one. I ordered this rose from Heirloom Roses in Oregon because I loved the apricot color of the blooms. …

Garden Blogger Bloom Day: June 2013

I’m late with this post for some very legitimate reasons. It rained most of the day yesterday so photography was not an option. When it finally cleared, we were due to leave for Judy’s brother’s house for what turned out to be a wonderful dinner. Judy did take a few rushed shots but we didn’t …