Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Patio Gardening

Somebody's been busy forcing bulbs in terracotta pots and it's paying off. What a delightful small walled garden. found here
I took my pruning shears on my walk this afternoon and got carried away cutting down multiflora rose. It's pervasive and has to be controlled along my paths or it will soon take them over. It was very satisfying. The thorns on those wild rose bushes are evil.


Tara Dillard said...

Another great curated pic Rosemary.

Especially like the Historic Color Combination: Green, Brown, White. It never gets old, and unique each time chosen.

Have chosen terracotta pots at my Front Porch, aside from classic, they make me so happy seeing them when coming home in my car.

Your rose pruning, understood.

Mom ordered a 'Katrina' rose from Southern Living after Hurricane Katrina hit.

Once Dad died I kept it pruned each visit, 2x/year. Prolific, no worries the mountains of clippings, Each Time. Carried the clippings to Street Pickup in my childhood Western Flyer Rocket red wagon. 4-6 trips from backyard to front, unloading the clippings.

When mom died, that wagon moved to my property. Using it the first time, I burst into tears. The sound of its clanging wheels, far too many memories. Now I wonder how I ever gardened without a wagon at home. Had only gardened with a wheel barrow.

'Katrina' climbing rose is a repeat bloomer.........

Enjoy your day !!

Content in a Cottage said...

Tara Dillard -- Tara, Love that you still have your childhood wagon for collecting your clippings and pulled weeds. I use a dumper cart that was given to me by a real estate customer after she sold her house. I have two larger carts with bicycle wheels but rarely use them because dumper is easier. I never use my wheelbarrow but keep it in the garage just in case a workman ever needs it. I'll be sure to read the Southern Living article on the Katrina rose. Thanks.
xo, Rosemary

Pam said...

What a great patio. Truly a haven. Love it!

Tasha T said...

Courtyard gardens are so useful for plants that need shelter and for the gardener when she/he needs a quiet moment to rest. It is surprising how many plants can be grown in a small courtyard to make it into a colourful haven. Thank you for posting such a sweet photo, Rosemary.

Content in a Cottage said...

Pam -- Agreed. I love it too.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Tasha T -- This photo proves what you can do with a small space and make a big impact. I hadn't thought about plants that need shelter. I love this courtyard garden.
xo, Rosemary

Lisa D. said...

I love walled gardens, and I'm hearing you about the rose thorns!

Content in a Cottage said...

Lisa D. -- Walled gardens are the best. I forgot to mention those thorns on my multiflora are curved. An Ecological Threat
Multiflora rose grows aggressively and produces large numbers of fruits (hips) that are eaten and dispersed by a variety of birds. Dense thickets of multiflora rose exclude most native shrubs and herbs from establishing and may be detrimental to nesting of native birds. In several states (including New Jersey) it is designated a noxious weed. My friend who rides her horse on the local bridal trails said it has taken over several trails since there are fewer and fewer riders these days. I do what I can each spring to hack down what I can. Have a great Sunday.
xo, Rosemary