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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