Preparing the garden for an early spring event. Part three of a series.

According to WordPress, this is my one hundredth article. Yay.

 Oops, I’m going to have to do something about the Knockout roses or they will bloom too early. The Rome, Georgia Junior Service League Garden Tour is scheduled for April 28. I’m in pretty good shape with getting things ready for the tour. On March 28, I took a walk through the garden to see if I was missing anything. I’m glad I did, too, because I noticed that the Knockout roses were covered with flower buds. I want these plants to be in bloom for the affair and it looked like the first flush of flowers would come too early.


knockout roses starting to bloom too early for the event
knockout roses starting to bloom too early for the event



I know from experience that these roses will put out a big flush of flowers and then rest before blooming again. I was afraid that this would mean no flowers for the tour. That just would not do. I thought about it for a while and then decided that it was time for what I call “No Guts, No Glory.”

 No Guts No Glory means that if you think you need to do something, but are not quite sure, then you go ahead and do it and take a chance. This usually means that if your idea doesn’t work you are a piece of trash but if it does work you get to be a hero.


cutting flower bud to delay blooms
cutting flower bud to delay blooms



I decided to cut all of the flower buds from the roses and see if a fresh bloom will show up at just the right time. So we went through the yard and cut off every flower bud from every rose plant. Will it work? I sure do hope so. The buds were cut off exactly one month before the event. The plants now look like this:


knockout rose with flower buds removed to delay blooming
knockout rose with flower buds removed to delay blooming


As I walked around I noticed a couple of things going on that would be gone before the tour so I took a few pictures. Here’s something nice going on with a pieris at the back porch entrance:


porch entrance-early spring with pieris
porch entrance-early spring with pieris


And I loved this picture of a palmatum Japanese maple with azaleas and spirea in the background:


Palmatum Japanese maple with azaleas in the background
Palmatum Japanese maple with azaleas in the background


The front entrance looks well tended and inviting


Well shaped plants at the entrance
Well shaped plants at the entrance



Stay in touch. Will John the plant man get everything done in time? Will the roses bloom just at the last minute? We’ll see.

To read part one of this series, Click Here

For part two of the series, Click Here

 To see a previous article about this lovely landscape garden, CLICK HERE

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Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at

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  1. John, I wouldn’t have the guts to cut off the rose buds, but I’m sure that’s the only thing you could do. Let me know if that works – not that I would ever do it!

    It’s interesting to see the series; you do work miracles and it will be exciting to see the final project. I’m sorry people won’t see the dogwoods and other early spring blooms, but as you always tell me: you can’t be greedy.

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