Roses, Regardless of Fireplace and Clay

At the moment we’re in Redding, California, visiting with Carol Cowee.

small corner of front yard before gardenRight here’s the way it began—naked floor that may turn out to be the brand new rose backyard.

ground with holes dug for plantsThe soil was compacted, horrible purple, rocky grime. It took two males three hours to dig/chisel simply 10 holes!

small rose garden in full bloomAll that tough work paid off. Right here is the rose backyard at three years previous.

path leading to patio and arbor covering in climbing roseAn enormous climbing rose, ‘Mme Isaac Pereire’, grows up an enormous arbor made from chain-link fence posts. ‘Mme Isaac Pereire’ is an previous rose within the bourbon group with unbelievable aromatic flowers.

same path, patio, and arbor after a wildfireA wildfire in 2018 destroyed 170 roses and the home. It was heartbreaking to see these burnt stems, which had been lined with aromatic flowers.

small cactus covered in pink flowersHowever there are survivors. Carol’s childhood wagon, made by her father, managed to outlive the hearth, and Carol discovered three child cacti underneath the burned mom crops. Right here is the cactus in full bloom; the little plant produced 35 blossoms.

tall red lily growing out of a small potA beautiful, huge purple lily (Lilium hybrid, Oriental group, Zones 4–9) is rising robust regardless of being in a small pot, and it blooms closely in July when it’s 105°F each day.

bright red rose in a water globeAn ideal rose is highlighted in a water bowl.


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