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9 MAY
1/2 of garden fence/bunny fence assembled today. Purchased "Mom's" Hybrid Tea Rose for $10 at Wessies in Montague, MI. I might have to go back and pick up 2 more for Mother's Day.
In my yard:

FRAGRANT CLOUD (5)
Planted in a bed that is meant to "hide" a large, green electrical box near the sidewalk. 8+ hours of sun a day, ammended with potting soil, compost, light manure, and the native clay. Covered in mulch and watered heavily for the first 1-2 weeks after planting. 3 were bareroot bags from Walmart, 2 were potted plants from Lowe's.

APRICOT CANDY (3)
Planted in a bed that is meant to "hide" a large, green electrical box near the sidewalk. 8+ hours of sun a day, ammended with potting soil, compost, light manure, and the native clay. Covered in mulch and watered heavily for the first 1-2 weeks after planting. All 3 were bareroot bags from Home Depot.

LOVE SONG (2)
Planted in a bed that is meant to "hide" a large, green electrical box near the sidewalk. 8+ hours of sun a day, ammended with potting soil, compost, light manure, and the native clay. Covered in mulch and watered heavily for the first 1-2 weeks after planting. Both were potted plants from Martin's.

CRESPUSCULE (4)
These were ordered as bands from Rose Petal Nursery in FL. They are planted against a vinly privacy fence to try and soften the corners. Soil is native clay and ammended with compost and light manure. Rabbits ate the new growth on one of them right away, so now all 4 are protected by 2ft tall cylinders made of chicken wire and held down by sod staples. They are extremely wiry looking with small main stems, but all 4 are showing at least some new growth 10 days after planting. They were planted directly into the ground and do not have a traditional bed, just a hole I dug that they went into. All 4 should have 6+ hours of sun. Unsure if they will get the full 8 or not. 2 are on the East side of the house and 2 are on the West side.

THE FAIRY (4)
These are also planted along the vinyl privacy fence, but they are located in the backyard. 2 on each side of the gate opening. They are planted directly into holes in the ground and not into a bed, with minimal compost and potting soil added. They were an impulse buy as Walmart bareroot bags. Hoping they will grow into a nice bush form to frame the gate door. These survived 1-2 freezes and warmings shortly after planting with weak winter protection. Experienced almost no dieback. All 4 get 6+ hours of sun a day, but I'm unsure if they will get 8. They are on the

HOT-N-SPICY CL (2)
These are planted on the backyard side of the privacy fence, on the west side of the house. I think they only get maybe 4 hours of sun a day. The combination of the house + the covered patio roof cast shade there for most of the day. They are in a corner of the fence with a trellis to grow up, and showed very minimal dieback post freezes. Lots of new growth, but not buds as of 8 May. Have not had to tie them to the trellis yet. These were bareroot bags from Walmart.

OLYMPIAD (2)
These are planted on the backyard side of the privacy fence, on the west side of the house. I think they only get maybe 4 hours of sun a day. The combination of the house + the covered patio roof cast shade there for most of the day. They showed some winter dieback after the freezes, but also look very weak and gangly. The new growth is very limited and slow. They have slightly ammended soil and mulch, but not sure they will make it until they get tall enough to have more sun. Last of all my roses to show new growth. Got these as bareroot bags from Home Depot.

CHARISMA (1)
This one was a body bag purchase from Walmart as well. It's planted in a small pot in all potting soil covered in mulch. It had a lot of winter dieback after 3-4 freeze and warming cycles, but is finally leafing out well. Doesn't look like the 2 main canes are getting any taller, but they are putting out new leaves. Last of the roses to see "clean" new growth. Started out getting 4+ hours of sun a day on the covered patio, but moved it into the grass so it definitely gets between 6-10 hours.

CORAL KNOCKOUT (4)
Bought these as 1gal potted plants from Lowe's in late Februrary. Planted immediately. Two of them were unable to survive the 3-4 freeze/warming cycles we had, even with winter protection. 2 died back to the ground, but are showing spindly new growth now and seem like they will make it. Was concerned that rabbits getting into the backyard might be eating the new growth, so they are protected by chicken wire as well. They are planted in the backyard along the vinyl privacy fence, but in different spots, so they don't all get the same sun.

JOSEPH'S COAT (2)
Bareroot bags from Walmart that I planted into large urns on the East side of the house. They frame a window that faces the driveway. There are wooden V trellis' in the planters that are filled with potting soil. Drilled draining holes into the bottom/side of the urns that work well. Topped off with mulch. Both plants are growing faster than any of my other roses, but they are distinctly 2 different plants. 1 looks like it will be JOSEPH'S COAT. I have had to tie it to the trellis already and it has more of a lime green foilige with buds only at the top of the 2-4 canes. 1 looks much more bushlike and may not be a climber at all. It has lots of buds showing up in groups and dark red new growth. In fact, the leaves are more red than green- even the mature ones. I'll find out what this mystery rose is soon. Both get 5+ hours of sun, but probably not 8.
Nach dem schrecklich langen und nassen Winter sah der Garten sehr schlimm aus und ich war schier verzweifelt. Aus irgendeinem Grund ist der hintere Garten das 2. Jahr total nass und ich musste feststellen, dass in 2 meiner Beete, wo sich Pfützen gebildet hatten, meine Phlox und andere Sommerblüher total verschwunden sind. Dafür überall Unkraut und Gras. Ich dachte, ich kriege es nicht mehr hin; abgesehen von der Tatsache, dass ich letztes Jahr immer irgendwelche Beschwerden am Rücken hatte. Eine andere Katastrophe kam hinzu, meine Buchsbäume sind krank und manche werden nicht zu retten sein.
Das sind die argen Neuigkeiten, aber es gibt auch Erfreuliches.
Als endlich die Sonne wieder schien, hatte ich wieder Lust, an die Arbeit heranzugehen. Und inzwischen kann sich der Garten wieder sehen lassen. Ich kann es immer noch nicht fassen, dass ich ihn wieder hingekriegt habe. Er wird nicht mehr ganz der gleiche sein, aber es ist normal und das muss man hinnehmen.
Das Schönste ist, dass der hintere Garten wieder den ganzen Tag Sonne hat und die Rosen wieder gedeihen können.
Da, wo ich wegen der Nässe nichts mehr pflanzen kann, habe ich ein Komposthaufengestell hingesetzt und mit Komposterde gefüllt. Darauf werde ich Zucchini oder Kürbisse pflanzen, wird auch interessant.
Die "Sombreuil" hat sich enorm entwickelt und unzählige Knospen. Ich bin sehr darauf gespannt. Allgemein finde ich, dass manche Rosen besser als sonst aussehen. Als wir im April nach Frankreich gefahren sind, war ich mit dem Rosenrückschnitt noch nicht fertig. Als wir zurückkamen, war nicht mehr daran zu denken, denn das Wetter war plötzlich heiß geworden und die Rosen hatten schon Knospen.
Übrigens: Inzwischen kann ich fast alles ohne Beschwerden wieder machen.
5 MAY
Today, I discovered to my joy and surprise, that one of the seedlings has a flower-bud.
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