Gardens past & present

My side garden has changed over the years.
In the beginning it was a vegetable garden, I spent many hours with my oldest son working in the garden.
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After a few years it was converted into a flower garden. I had many naked ladies planted in it along with some tropicals and roses.
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Eventually I added an arbor and more roses. This was my favorite design. It was a lovely garden with many flowers and we had many visitors. The brown lab was a very large garden pest but we loved her.
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Presently the garden is in a shambles. We have enlarged the planting area and it will be divided into two separate sections. The Rose Garden will stay and we will add a raised bed vegetable garden in the fall. The roses are still present and thanks to better care are thriving. I’m hoping that the irises are lying dormant underground.
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In the meantime I am stopping to smell the roses.
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Second Bloom

The roses are responding to the extra care. My rose bushes have bloomed twice so far. This hasn’t happened in many years. I am following the care regimen of Bea Grow. She was a master gardener in San Clemente. I only visited her garden once but I never forgot it. Her Recipe for fabulous roses is in the linked article.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/roses-47842-southern-california.html
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I am adding Electron to the garden. She has large fragrant bright blooms and a wonderful scent. image

Li’l Abraham & the Ballerinas

The Abraham Darby rose that I recently planted has already rewarded me with some beautiful blossoms. They are probably a third of the size that they will eventually be but so pretty.
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I’m managing to keep this lovely Fuschia alive. The flower reminds me of little ballerinas in their tutu’s and ballet slippers.
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A bountiful harvest

Not to get ahead of myself but that is what I hope to enjoy. I’m being optimistic regarding the vegetable patch I planted this weekend. We have not started work on the potager yet so I planted some veggies in last years slope garden. Looking forward to tasting the results.

We have a Celebrity in the garden and she’s a hot tomato.
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I’m going to try an heirloom tomato. I chose it for its unique coloring.
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Cucumbers, Oops I mean Zucchini. I should of read the fine print.
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I planted various herbs also. Sage,Rosemary and Thyme no parsley.
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In addition to the above we have Green Beans,JalapeƱo and Bell peppers in the garden.

I planted some makeshift stairs also. Lola is putting them to good use.
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Dine & Dash

I had a couple of visitors today. I think it’s interesting that the male hummingbirds are brighter and more colorful than the females.
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