Freedom Lives

August 30, 2003

Blooming Peach

This is the previously mentioned Blooming Peach from this spring when it was both alive and in full bloom.
I don't remember when we got it but it was several years old.
Click on it for the full image.

August 19, 2003

Felicia

I was amazed today to go out and find two of my roses, well three actually but two are the same, sporting blooms.
This one we picked up a few years ago at the Antique Rose Emporium.
The Felicia is a Hybrid Musk. It is a good size scrub rose and is probably the most fragrant rose in the entire garden. The scent is old rose.

August 17, 2003

Day Lily

I forgot till I was looking at some old pictures that we had a few of these in the back. The blooms are long gone as are the blooms on almost everything else in the garden but they were pretty nice. I am not sure how many of these are in the back, maybe 6 or so.

August 16, 2003

Little buddy

Usually I can't get any decent pictures of these little guys but for some reason they are all around this year and this one has taken a liking to my lawn chairs.

August 14, 2003

Unknown Lily

I decided to try posting pictures from my garden again. I am still not sure how this is going to work in MT but let's give it a shot.
I wish I could take credit for this but it just popped up one spring after we had moved in. Actually there are two of them of the same kind but the other is about 100 feet away for some reason.



Update: That didn't quite work out right so I resized the display. It you click on it though you will see the full size. Pretty neat the way MT does this.

July 13, 2003

Magic Blanket

This is a picture of a ground cover rose named Magic Blanket. It is part of Jackson and Perkins
Garden Ease collection which will also be featured tomorrow if I get this picture to post. I believe these are the only own root roses that J&P; sells and we have done well with them. This is the first year that the magic Blanket has bloomed for us. As you can see the rose is on the ground and this is how it is supposed to grow. It is very good for covering slopes and banks of which we have neither so currently it is trying to cover our driveway.


Update: Well that doesn't seem to have worked. I guess that there is something at geocities that prevents this from doing what I want, back to the drawing board.


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June 21, 2003

Sir Thomas Lipton

Gratuitous Garden Pic
For some reason the FTP started working again today. I have only been doing software for 20 years so I have no idea what is going on but either I fixed something or they did.
Anyhow here is a picture of the king of my garden Sir Thomas Lipton.
The Lipton is a Rugosa which are known for being very hardy. After our success with this one I bought 4 or 5 more different Rugosas the next year, all of which died. This one however is eight feet high by eight feet wide. It is a repeat bloomer and is fragrant.
We took some cuttings the year before last and had good results but all the babies save one were deer food. If we ever get a greenhouse we will probably take more since we obviously have lots of raw material to work from.
On second thought it might be ten feet wide. Somewhere in there is a bird's nest too.

June 17, 2003

Ballerina

Gratuitous Garden Pic
This is a close up of the Ballerina we picked up a few years ago on a trip to the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham. It is a Hybrid Musk that is supposed to get 5 to 6 feet in height. Ours is only about 4 1/2 but it has been munched on by the deer once or twice. It is a repeat bloomer but does not have any scent.


June 14, 2003

Prairie Sunrise

Gratuitous Garden Pic
In the gardening biz a lot of times it is easy come easy go. I took this picture yesterday of this Prairie Sunrise rose which we planted just last week. I was very surprised that it was pink since the earlier picture I had posted from the plant at the nursery was apricot. Two things could be possible, perhaps it changed color as the bloom aged which is not uncommon in roses, or perhaps it was a sport which is a lot less common. A sport is basically a genetic mutation. Almost all roses are propagated from cuttings and therefore should be genetically identical to the plant from which the cutting came. Sometimes it does not turn out that way and if the new rose breeds true in later cuttings you have a sport, a new type of rose, very cool. I will have to wait a while to find out however since something decided to invade the garden and nibble on this one and its neighbor. It looks like it will survive but not by much.

Prairie Sunrise

Gratuitous Garden Pic
In the gardening biz a lot of times it is easy come easy go. I took this picture yesterday of this Prairie Sunrise rose which we planted just last week. I was very surprised that it was pink since the earlier picture I had posted from the plant at the nursery was apricot. Two things could be possible, perhaps it changed color as the bloom aged which is not uncommon in roses, or perhaps it was a sport which is a lot less common. A sport is basically a genetic mutation. Almost all roses are propagated from cuttings and therefore should be genetically identical to the plant from which the cutting came. Sometimes it does not turn out that way and if the new rose breeds true in later cuttings you have a sport, a new type of rose, very cool. I will have to wait a while to find out however since something decided to invade the garden and nibble on this one and its neighbor. It looks like it will survive but not by much.

June 13, 2003

Antoine Rivoire

Gratuitous Garden Pic
Usually roses look a lot better the second or third year after planting. That is not to say that they can't give you nice blooms the first year. As an example take this Antoine Rivoire that we planted just a few months ago. It is an older Hybrid Tea shrub rose dating back to 1895.
It is a repeat bloomer and has a tea scent.


Antoine Rivoire

Gratuitous Garden Pic
Usually roses look a lot better the second or third year after planting. That is not to say that they can't give you nice blooms the first year. As an example take this Antoine Rivoire that we planted just a few months ago. It is an older Hybrid Tea shrub rose dating back to 1895.
It is a repeat bloomer and has a tea scent.