Monday, April 21, 2014
Roses Raspberries and Rhubarb
Roses, Rhubarb, and Raspberries. Three of my favorite garden plants. Unfortunately they all need quite a bit of work this year, at least two of them.
I've spent several evenings in the past few weeks working with my very neglected roses. Last year I spent way too much time working on my April A to Z blog posts and didn't get around to trimming and weeding the poor rose garden in a timely manner . . . hence the very overgrown rose garden. There was a lot of winter kill this year also, so I had to cut back most of the bushes even more than usual. And obviously, even though I spent an entire evening just digging out some of the errant grass, I have much more work to do. That may be on tomorrow evening's to do list.
(The fence could use some paint too!)
The raspberries have also been cut back more than I usually do, and they also need a lot of digging out of the grass. These are Heritage everbearing raspberry plants that I planted soon after we moved in. They have spread quite well in spite of the lack of consistent weeding/grass removal, and have produced a nice amount of berries for snacking and eating, and occasionally enough for a batch or two of jam. They haven't been doing too well for the past several years, and the berries are smaller than they used to be. I understand that this is an indication of viruses, and that means that they should be replaced. Unfortunately the new plants can't be planted in the same location, or they will soon suffer the same fate. So, I'm trying to decide where to plant the new raspberries should I be able to buy a few new ones this year. Along this side fence has been such a convenient place for them:
And here is the rhubarb, doing well in the spring sunshine.