What a crazy storm we had last night - thunder, lightening, heavy rains, high winds - whew! The creek on my property is roaring again - I could hear it from the bedroom with all the windows shut!
I jumped out of bed and couldn't wait to get outside. It was lovely and warm out, and although everything was absolutely drenched I had to go for a little walkabout.
Which of course got me thinking again about spring gardening.
The folks that owned the house before me came from a family of gardeners - I really lucked out.
The steps that lead up to my deck walk right up through a lush perennial garden. What a lovely welcome to my home!
|August 2015 - Looking up the steps towards the small set of stairs to the deck and kitchen door|
It got a little crazy in those perennial beds this summer, as shown in these August photos. however, in my defense, this was my first season in the house and I had to let everything grow to see what's what.
|August 2015 - Looking down the garden steps towards the large set of stairs to the deck|
There are lots of lovely evergreens as well as flowering perennials already established in the garden. What a bonus for me! I also added a selection of hostas, ground covers, lilies, roses, clematis, shrubs, perennials, and spring bulbs throughout the property this past summer. And of course, everything was peppered with flowering annuals to keep things colorful.
What you can't see are the three rosebushes that were in the garden when I bought the house. In the photo on the top, they would be to the right of the steps, buried under the taller perennials. I have no idea what kind of roses they are, they never flowered at all last season - probably because they were so buried under the masses of perennials surrounding them. They never saw the sun.
When I cleared out the garden bed in the fall I did not cut back the roses. I decided to get some obelisks and train the roses onto the obelisks, to rise above the perennials - up into the sun.
I've been browsing around online looking for the perfect ones. But I don't want to pay a fortune....who does? The one above is gorgeous - but at $142.00 each (I need at least 2) + $32.00 shipping (insane!) it's a little pricey for me right now.
I even thought about making my own. But honestly, I have barely enough time as it is, and I'm not ready to start working with a power saw. Nope, not there yet. I'm thinking about it.....maybe starting out slow with a jigsaw....but I'm a little scared to pull the trigger on that one.
So I kept searching. And I found these:
At $160.00 for all three with free shipping this is much more along the lines of what I would like to pay. I looked at a couple of less expensive ones but they got terrible reviews (big surprise) and really, I'd like to be able to leave these up in winter as well so I don't need them collapsing on me after a week in the rain.
I like the open nature of these obelisks and the rusty green patina - they will be a nice accent in the garden without being 'too much.'
Another thing that drew me to this grouping is that I love things in threes in the garden - plus I have three rosebushes that need to be supported so that's perfect. I was originally going to go with two obelisks and just try and make one work for two of the closer-together rosebushes but this is even better. Win/win!
The pups are happy - they say bring on spring! They want to play among the flowers again!
So do I.
Bring it on.
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