I have a love-hate relationship with gardening. I love how pretty flowers in bloom make my yard look but I sometimes hate the work it takes to get them there. Take my roses for example. I planted my baby, bare-root rose bushes two years ago. Last year half of them took, the other half never grew and eventually turned into sticks. Why? Is it because I received faulty plants? Or because I over/under watered? Or maybe my difficult, rocky soil was just extra bad in those spots? Who knows, but if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that gardening is all about trial and error.
So, when planting season came again I planted new bushes where the old ones died. I triple checked the sprinkler system to make sure they were getting coverage and added plant food to the soil that was specifically designed for roses. I hand watered them when they weren’t looking too hot. I treated them for bugs. And after all that, guess what? It worked! All of the new bushes took and recently had their first blooms.
Being able to cut my own flowers to use in my home makes all of the hours of planting, watering, trimming and replanting worth it. And it might just be my imagination but I’m convinced that my flowers look and smell better than any of the store bought varieties. Especially the lavender Barbara Streisand’s that are new this year. They smell amazing.
Do you have a green thumb? Please share any tips!