Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Out With the Old, In With the New

Well, perhaps the title should be "out with the dead........."

Kim dug the three dead roses out of the moongarden.





(any growth you see is from an old clematis)


I planted two new roses; Penny Lane and Lavender Lassie. Both with continual blooms and highly fragrant.


I also added two new clematis to the mix; Montana Elizabeth and Macropetala Markham's Pink.

I was sad to see our Moongarden coverage disappear in one season. This used to be our Moongarden:






The three roses we lost were a climbing Iceberg, climbing White Dawn and Blanc Double de Coubert. I decided to go with completely different roses and I'm exited to see how they will look in a few years. Our Heritage rose made it through and is looking great.


Onto better news...
The hyacinthoides in the Moongarden are threatening to bloom. I planted 200 bulbs a few years ago.





And one of two climbing schizophragma hydrandeas our neighbor gave us 10 years ago (yes you read that correctly - TEN years) has finally decided to put on some significant growth!



Kim has been making fun of me for years for not giving up on these vines. But I'm always reminded of how beautiful they could eventually become. (See here or here.) Besides, the other day we were reading through my garden journals and remarking on when some of our trees had been planted; ten years seemed to feel only like about five years in our minds.
Someday these vines will thrill someone. Possibly not me, I could be dead by then, but someone!

Is there a plant you just can't give up on?

14 comments:

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Vines --sleeps, creeps, and then leaps. Sometimes it is hard to wait for complete coverage. Sorry to see you lost those roses. You two are sure patient, like I said before. Hope it fills in soon.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

This was a tough winter. We lost two roses, a hydrangea and quite a few perennials. The good part is getting to start over with a whole new plan. I can't wait to see how yours turns out.
Good for you for not giving up on the vine or the bulbs, I hope you get to be the person who enjoys the blooms on them :)

Emily said...

i absolutely love your moon garden. i hope those new roses grow fast and restore it to its former glory quickly.

Randy Emmitt said...

Shame to loose such a big rose like that. These climbing schizophragma hydrandeas must be real survivers.

Katie said...

I absolutely adore your moongarden. and the plant I can't give up on is 'Alphonse Karr' bamboo. I've lugged it around in a pot for 2 years, bought it 2 years before that. Someday, I will plant it when the time and location is right.

Grace said...

What a great blog. Forgive me for not visiting sooner! I'm sorry you lost your roses but in gardening a closed door means an open window--new plants! I know what you mean about ten years feeling like five. Time just whizzes by. I'm glad you didn't give up on the vine.

Rosemary said...

I loved your moon garden....... so sad when roses don't make it thru a winter.... amazed at your patience..... way to go on the vine.

Becca's Dirt said...

Oh thats too bad. It is a nice and cozy area for your moongarden. I love it with the fire pit and all. Can't wait to see your new roses. Can you believe I don't have any. Me either. But I'm gonna change that.

Patsi said...

It's sad to have to give up on some of your plants/shrubs.
BUT new is always fun. How else can we put in new stuff...plant in our neighbors yards?

igardendaily.com said...

I too, love your moongarden! How did you come up with that name? Did I miss something in the photo? Why do you think the roses died? Those varieties are all quite hardy right? Just curious... I once had a Lavendar Lassie and loved it. Bought it from Heritage Roses in St. Paul, OR. You?
I also love the schizophragmana hydrangea and you have inspired me (maybe) to try one. They are beautiful but 10 years!!! I'm actually having trouble (one of my choices I don't want to give up on) getting an Oakleaf Hydrangea going. I've planted two (one last year and one the year before) in the fall and they do not make it through the winter although they are supposed to be very hardy? Anyway, thanks for sharing what's happening in your garden, I enjoy it.

Capucyne said...

c'est un coin tellement superbe! les nouveaux rosiers vont pousser!
j'aime aussi la vigne "en tonnelle"! Pardon d'écrire en français, c'est plus facile pour moi!!!

Candace said...

What a beautiful garden nook - and before you know it, it will be back in full, scented, bloom!

Jen said...

It is always sad to see the end of a plant that we must remove. It's like losing a dear friend! I'm sorry to hear yours died and had to go; but it sounds like you've got some great ideas and plants to replace them. I love your little nook! It's beautiful.

Kathleen said...

oooh, so sad to lose that beautiful private space. I hope the new roses grow quickly so you can have it back. I went back to your most recent post to find out what killed your roses and it was very interesting. We've had the same kind of springs that past two years (which I keep calling climate change too but everyone else thinks is just a coincidence). I haven't noticed roses dying but other things in my garden have been affected. We may all need to adjust. Change is inevitable, right? We may as well adjust to it and maybe your new selections will be even better!