A busy gardening week

Since last Saturday it has been perfect gardening weather.  I have taken full advantage; I weeded and mulched the two evergreen shrub beds and weeded and cut back the now combined circular rose bed and small island – still haven’t thought of a proper name for this bed yet!  

On Wednesday I went to the Botanic Garden in Rome to attend a lecture about pruning all types of roses.  I’m not very successful with roses, never having had a garden with the right kind of soil.  They need heavier soil than the very free draining tuffo I have here plus I know I should feed them more.  But at least I can do my best to prune them properly.

I wish I had taken before and after pictures of the Rosa ‘Clair Matin’ that I pruned yesterday.  I know I didn’t prune them at all last year and although they produced a lot of flower, much of it was on top of the pergola rather than around the pillars.  I cut out a lot of old growth (I hope not too much) and they are now tied in ready to send out their new growth.  Some of the buds were already beginning to break.

Another tulip is in the vase in the kitchen.  T. Van Eijk  has joined T. Daydream.

Tulip Van Eijk

Tulip Van Eijk and T. Daydream

As you can see ‘Daydream’ has grown a lot in a couple of days and it is now showing the orange colouration on the petals so it is what it says on the label despite my doubts.

T. Daydream

T. Daydream macro

In the above macro the black centre looks blue, which is the colour that I think attracts the bees.

Tulip Van Eijk and T. Daydream

T. Daydream

Have a lovely weekend.



37 thoughts on “A busy gardening week

  1. It sounds like spring is on its way in your part of the world and you have already gotten a lot of work done. We warmed up some, but had very bad freezes and most of my garden beds will have to be cut back.

  2. Christina I’m glad that you went to the Botanical Garden of Rome to learn about pruning roses. I have no idea for more books to consult. I find you very animated working with the weeding of different areas of your garden and with the pruning of the Rosa Clair Matin: surely you have left it perfect and will give many flowers this year. The Van Eijk Tulip is beautiful with its pink and green color below. The Daydrem Tulip is beautiful and I love its central interior area with that set of colors. The photos are magnificent. Thank you and have a good weekend. Greetings from Margarita.

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  4. I love the tulips. Despite the number of times I’ve heard it said, it always surprises me to be reminded that they grow even after they’re cut. Our local botanic garden offered a pruning demonstration too but unfortunately it didn’t fit my schedule so I went at it as best I could last week. (I always worry about cutting too much too!) I don’t have many roses and mine don’t do particularly well here either, leading me to wonder if they don’t care for my soil, which I’ve learned is very sandy.

    I hope your streak of good weather continues. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!

    • Today was much less sunny. But the forecast for the weekend is good. Roses really don’t like sandy soils, the exception is the rugosa group which are supposed to prefer sand. Clay seems to be their usual favourite.

  5. Well done on your busy week – there certainly seems to be ‘something in the air’ that is triggering a burst of activity from us , just at is with new growth in the garden. Pruning roses always seems to be one of the defining moments of the gardening year for me, with climbing roses done before Christmas and others quite soon – I am always more confident with the climbers! I am taking advice from David Austin and cutting The Poets Wife and The Pilgim much more severely as they were far too tall last year for their shrub border position – perhaps do it this week. I really like the suffused shades of Tulip Van Eijk – having had it in a mix from Aldi I bought some in their own right last year and hopefully they will return. Hope you have another good week of gardening weather Christina 🙂

  6. It is strange with roses not thriving in your garden when so many originated from the Middle East. Maybe some of the species varieties would do better, I am only speculating!😀

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