Hi again! It seems this group has been really quiet for a long time! Well I just joined and I want to make a beautiful garden to enjoy in my beautiful pug dress! I am not great at it, pretty new, so I would like to know what your favorite plant is in your garden, or favorite anywhere, and why? I love rose trees, more than bushes. They are beautifully shaped, graceful, more statuesque, with the colorful roses all together at the top like a bouquet. The "pin-up" of the garden! I have about 7. They seem to do better than the bush kind. I have 3 that keep getting these brown crispy leaves. I take them off, I don't know if I am supposed to, they're just dying leaves. Now let's hear your thoughts!
i guess being a gardener i have many plants i would call favorites but i would have to say i most enjoy growing hydrangeas the most they did go out of fashion for a long wile but now are enjoying a return also the trade has responded with lots of new and better varietys in my last garden i grew 72 varietys and woul love to share some pictures of them if you like happy gardening Cathy
Wow, thank you so much for your reply! So you are a seasoned gardener? I do so love hydrangeas, the blues and purples, but they look really hard to grow and maintain. I know I would kill them, I won't even try. I love the look of big bouquets of hydrangeas in the house. I have seen some that were perfectly preserved, and looked just cut, and would stay that way! I saw it on-line, so I don't know how it would look like in person. I want to buy some soon if I could find a good place that sells them. It boggles my mind that there are so many varieties! 72, my gosh! Your garden must be huge! Yes, please share some photos. I live in Southern CA, and we have had several heat waves. Last few days it has been 102 to 104 here in La Habra. I was so mad because last year it stayed hot even into January, with only a few cool days. We were robbed of a fall and winter. Is this going to be the pattern from now on? I am really worried, because I just hate the heat! Have a good weekend! Ruth