Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, successful business woman, tennis champion, fashionista—all of these and more are among the many names my friend Rose can lay claim to. And with a name like Rose, it is fitting that she can also add avid and accomplished gardener to this list. Recently, I asked if I could blog about her garden, and she graciously consented. Follow along for a virtual tour garden tour.
Our tour guide! Isn't she beautiful? In addition to the above-listed accomplishments, Rose can also boast--along with husband Glenn-- being a roller skate champion in her younger years! (I'm trying to talk her into letting me blog about that.)
Welcome...come in, sit a spell.
Artistically arranged groupings such as these add a warm welcome to the front of her house and her porch. Don't you just want to pull up a chair and visit?
And we're walking...
...to the backyard.
There's something about a gate that promises mystery...entices us to peek behind.
With no horses around, this handsome jockey spends his days admiring the flowers.
Names like "Bleeding Heart" and "Naked Lady," suggest these beauties inspire a lot of juicy garden gossip.
And you know there has to be a rose bush. In fact, there are many of them.
An eye for details...As with her clothes and accessories, Rose has what it takes to make her garden not only beautiful but also interesting. Notice all her (almost) hidden treasures such as the figurine and the lamp post tucked amid her plants.
Family, friends, and plants get lots and lots of TLC from Rose.
And now for some gardening tips from Rose. She didn't actually state these for me, but they are what I picked up as we talked and toured and what I've gleaned from conversations over the years.
1. Have a willing partner. I would be in trouble if I didn't give a shout-out to Rose's husband Glenn. Evidence of his gardening enthusiasm abounds. (And according to him, he provides all the muscle.)
2. Mulch much--the more natural, the better. Pine needles and grass cuttings provide much of the mulch in their garden.
3. Fertilize and water freely, especially in the hot, stressful Oklahoma summers.
4. Economize. As in clothing stores, amazing bargains can be found on sale racks in nurseries. With patience and care, ailing plants or those with spent blossoms can be nursed back to health in no time.
5. Share. Rose shares not only her knowledge of gardening but also seeds and cuttings. And she shares generously. Just last Sunday I heard someone at church ask for a cutting from her giant angel wing begonia. More than once I've seen her haul potted cuttings to someone in our Pilates class. (Yes, she does Pilates, too!) And many times I've been the lucky recipient of those cuttings.
below are in my own garden. Just two of the many cuttings Rose has shared with me.
A gift from a garden truly can be the gift that keeps on giving!
Hope you enjoyed the tour and meeting Rose. Have some gardening tips you'd like to pass along?