I love Spring in the South! What I don't love is the fact that I kill most plants! It's true; while my mother and sister may have inherited the "green thumb", I did not.
In fact, for many years, I had a "black thumb"! Anytime I attempted to grow something indoors, it would do fine; however, the minute I transferred it outside, the plants would sadly perish. It became quite embarrassing for people to joke about the fact that I would kill so many plants every time I bought new ones.
A few years ago we purchased a deep purple rose and kept it in a whiskey barrel planter because our yard at that home didn't keep much of anything alive. The rose would sprout the most beautiful blooms ever! Sadly, someone in our neighborhood would clip the beautiful blooms and take them. We never did find out who. We eventually sold that home and purchased our current one. The previous owner had this beautiful, pink Double Knockout Rose bush planted in the front yard! To my surprise each Spring it came back with beautiful blooms. I decided to look up care instructions for knockout roses because I was determined to not let this rose bush die! I prune the plant each year and give it plenty of rose food, and I remember to water it in the dead heat of Summer when there's barely any rain falling! Kudos to me, because I either over-water or under-water, there is no happy medium! LOL
Since my Double Knockout Rose has managed to come back for four Spring seasons, I thought that it was time to expand to more rose bushes, because let's face it......who can resist beautiful rose blooms!? But let's not forget about the fact that I still, technically, have a "black thumb"! Just a few months ago I had to replant my succulents, that I somehow managed to keep alive for 10 years with minimal intervention, hey had quit growing and were in fact dying. After replanting them in fresh soil and giving it a new pot, they've sprouted and look healthy!
I found myself stopping at Clegg's Nursery one afternoon and browsed for what seemed like an hour! I finally committed to buying a beautiful white rose inspired by an upcoming wedding, it's an Iceberg floribunda. It has beautiful clusters of white, honey-scented flowers!
Not to be discouraged, I returned to Clegg's Nursery to buy two more roses: Ink Spots, a hybrid tea rose that has an alluring and mysterious near-black flower. It has a black pointed bud and it gracefully opens to a velvety dark red bloom!
The third rose bush purchased is called a Double Delight hybrid tea rose, that has a cream color center and strawberry painted rings on the outside of the petals as they unfold.
To spread my novice wings even further, my garden haul also included a La Feliciana Peach tree with the most beautiful peach blossoms! Ms. Feliciana Peach won't produce peaches this year, although research shows within 1 -3 years.
And finally, I planted seeds of Poppy, Baby's Breath, Snapdragons, and Tall Double Mix Strawflower! I'll update in a future Novice Gardner Series with their outcome!