|Scanned a photo from our German days, this was taken near Berchtesgaden, 1998.|
I didn't count to see how many roses were in this arch. Today I am guessing four. That summer day I stood there and just stared. I remember taking this picture. I don't remember a fragrance. Too bad, that's how I select my roses. I just knew that someday I would have an archway like that.
The garden fairy has yet to show up at my place, so I'm trying to recreate that beautiful arch in my own backyard.
What I have is... well, it's just not there yet.
|I am such a dreamer, but that's a good thing.|
Not sure if you can see it, but the right side of this arch is a bit twisted, these roses have already started to grow. Everything around here is starting to bud and with all the sunshine we've been having I am ready to tackle my winter clean up projects. Tomorrow most of these weeds will be gone. They've been protecting a primrose but it's just about time for it to be at it's best so I'm cleaning up the area and getting ready for a spring that already seems to be here.
I usually prune the rose bushes the first two weeks of February, that is when we (normally) get our coldest weather. This year I started trimming in January because it does not feel like winter here. In fact, my climbing roses (which I trim up after their first big bloom) are putting on lots of new growth. This two year old rose is so strong it's moving my arch.
|New growth on roses January 2012.|
So my work this week is to untie the rose canes, straighten the arch, and then retie the little strings that are helping the roses to grow the way I want them to grow. Sounds cruel? Hey, I taught my children to pick their clothes up off the floor - I am going to teach these two roses to 'climb' this arch.
I'm off to garden. If you have snow, lucky you. I'll be searching the blogs during my lunch break looking (and wishing) for the snow. But since I don't have it, I might as well get busy - time, tide, and weeds wait for no one.