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?