Saturday, September 21, 2013

Around the Yard - Early Sept 2013 - Rose Bed


Out front, I have the area that I call "The Rose Bed."  It is named as such since the only things that the bed has ever had in it is a rose bush (Dr. Huey), and Asiatic Jasmine.  The jasmine died during the great heat wave of "aught 8" [note:  Really it was 2011, but I think "aught 8" has a nice ring to it, so I shall go with it].  In summer 2012, I decided it was time to remove the dead jasmine; you can see pictures of the process here.  I planted Zexmenia (front left) because I like the yellow/orange flowers and the fact that the plant can survive handily without additional water.  Of course, I also watered this bed a bit more frequently in 2012 because I was trying to get the plants established.  And established they did become.  The zexmenia seeded out prolifically, you can't even see the Chocolate Daisy anymore and the Summer Thyme is beginning to be overtaken (right in front of the rose).  The Dwarf Lion's tail (in the back on the left) is relatively huge, and the Blackfoot Daisies (with white flowers) are doing swimmingly.  All that being said...this bed needs a haircut. 

3 comments:

Claude said...

It always seems such a shame to give a haircut... you spend so much effort getting to grow and then have to cut back because it grew to much... sigh

Claude said...

It always seems such a shame to give a haircut... you spend so much effort getting to grow and then have to cut back because it grew to much... sigh

Lancashire rose said...

I know what you mean about zexmenia but don't be afraid to cut it back down to the ground. It will return. I cut mine at least 3 times a year. It is a great plant but very unruly.