Echoes of Spring 2017

Spring has burst into our garden. The rose bushes are covered in blooms. They seem to be bigger and more vibrant this year. Perhaps it was the wet winter we had. The first flush of aphids has disappeared.  Here’s a few photos I took today.

The rose on the top left looks a bit odd. It has been a survivor. One of our neighbour’s houses was demolished a couple of years ago to make way for a new build. They said we could help ourselves to whatever we wanted from their garden. Shalini took it in her head to go take some rose clippings. Their rose bushes were decades old. She shoved the cuttings all together into some soil in a cut off cardboard milk carton. Lo and behold one lot started to grow! We planted it last year. It looks a bit weird, but it’s growing and flowering.

Next to that bush is a rose called Soul Sister. It is the most exquisite rose, turning from a coffee latte colour to a dusky pink as it ages. The bush is always covered in blooms.

They will all keep producing flowers the whole season when regularly tip pruned.

Left on the bottom is what I call Mum’s rose. We planted it after she died, next to Dad’s rose (on the right). It is a fund raising Alzheimer Assoc Memory Rose. Both bushes are flush with flowers. Interestingly, the bushes are interweaved.

These flowering pot plants Shalini bought me a few years ago. The top left one has gone crazy since I put it out on my decking. And the orchid has bloomed for the first time ever. I’m so proud. It’s thriving on neglect, I think!

©  Raili Tanska

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34 thoughts on “Echoes of Spring 2017

  1. I love roses and you have some beauties, made more precious by their associations. In fact, I believe that’s one pf the most rewarding things about gardens, where every plant and stone and ornament has its own story. And yes, orchids do throve on neglect – only a teaspoon of water about once a week, and a sheltered spot away from draughts, and they are very grateful.

    1. Right on all counts. Was it you who wrote orchid care instructions on your blog? Because that is exactly what I have started doing since I read it. And it works !!

  2. Oh how wonderful to see your blooms, And it always seems strange to me as we prepare for winter our autumn garden getting everything put to bed.. And here you have beautiful roses ..
    Wonderful that you have such an old rose bush, I am sure with your tender loving care it will begin to thrive again after its neglect. :-).. xxx Hugs Sue xxx

      1. We live in Adelaide, Sth Australia. A local rose expert says that the weather is very similar to a rose growing region in Italy- in other words, perfect for roses ! In summer it is dry and hot. We live in the driest state in the country

      2. I found you on the map. We went to Australia in August. We went to Sydney, Blue Mountain, Brisbane, Cairns where my husband dived in Great Barrier Reef, then went on to Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. When we were in Cairns, the plants were tropical plants and huge. BTW, my husband was born in Australia and lived there for his first 10 years. His family came to U.S. when he was 12.
        When we were there, his aunt said they could only water the lawn and garden once a month. She lived in Blue Mountain area.

      3. There are many areas with restricted water use now. Here we pay for every drop we use! We have put in huge rainwater tanks but even at times when we use no mains water we still get a council bill for the connections ! I migrated to Australia from Finland with my parents when I was 7 yo.

      4. It must be hard to have water sanction! We sort of having that last year but luckily rainstorm came and even had flooding problem.
        When China took back Hong Kong from

      5. We had severe restrictions on watering the gardens a few years ago. Many people just let their gardens die! Such a bad decision by the government. They are the lungs of our environment. We need them! Now we can use water however we choose, but we pay for it. There is a lot of information around now to help people choose gardens and plants that are hardy and survive dry conditions.

      6. Yes, it’s the same here in southern California. After several years of drought, we are encouraged to plant drought resistant plants. My roses are shrinking and dried up before bloom in the summer.

      7. The rose expert here has a rule of thumb for watering roses – once a week deep watering. Temperature in the 20’s (centigrade) 20 litres/bush; thirsty 30’s – 30 litres; 30 and above 40 – 50. Feeding twice a year – July/Jan. Heavy prune mid winter. Tip prune regularly during flowering season. I mostly follow that guideline and it works well for me.

      8. I soak the roses but probably not regularly. I should do it regularly. I do prune my roses year round and cut them way back by the end of winter. Yes do feeding also. Just need to remember soaking regularly. Thank you for the reminder. Winter is coming soon, hopefully I’ll do better next year!

      9. Touched the wrong button…
        When China took back Hong Kong from Britain, My siblings were offered to emigrate to Australia. Even with great uncertainty, they decided to stay in Hong Kong.

      10. They were all grown up with some grown up children. I know it would be hard for them to start life all over again. They just have to do the best they can.

  3. Wow!! Raili that sure looks colourful!! We’ve had a glorious sunny day here and the temperature has been unseasonally warm but we know that winter is coming.

  4. Those are beautiful roses! My one attempt at growing them was a failure, so I always appreciate when someone else is successful in growing them.

    1. Oh, that’s sad. I’m no green thumb, but roses flourish in our garden. They don’t like being planted in soil where other roses have been unless the soil has been replenished. Also, they need sun – so planting them in shady spots will make them unhappy. We recently did just that and it did not make it 😦

  5. All wonderful, Raili. I grew a few flowers from seed earlier this year (for the first time in my life!) and they produced some amazing flowers, so I now have an idea how it feels when presented with fabulous blooms!

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