I just returned from a very successful trip from Lowe’s! I went to their gardening clearance rack and found four new rose plants, pictured from left to right: (1) an unknown dark pink, very fragrant hybrid tea, (2) Spartan floribunda – orange red rose, (3) Just Joey hybrid tea – orange rose, and (4) Proud Land hybrid tea – dark red rose. Notice the very helpful convertible hand truck, assembled in a flatbed configuration! They all go in one trip to the backyard! My guess was that they were on clearance (50% off!) because they had few or no rose buds. These very lovely plants will replace some defunct plants in my backyard garden. What’s helpful is that the soil of the defunct plants is quite soft, so it will be easy to dig out the old and plant the new.
In terms of garden design, when I first envisioned my “dream garden,” I would have a formal English rose collection, adjacent to that would be a less formal non-English rose garden, and opposite that an aromatherapy garden. That was years ago, when visions of a tidy garden danced in my head. What folly! My garden has, over the years, become less planned, and more lovely! It’s so laden with roses, more than I’d ever imagined, and I would have it no other way. Some of the best things are unplanned!
Also found on the clearance rack was a relatively large fuchsia plant. I’d grown a fuchsia plant years ago, unsuccessfully, but decided to give it another try! And the price was right – 75% off! It has evidence of spent flowers, which I will lightly prune. I will keep it in its original container, close to my front door, in the shade.
Shopping Tip: A discounted plant is no bargain if it is ill, such as afflicted with mildew. Before purchasing, I recommend very close inspection of the plant. If you’re confident that the plant is healthy, look for full-price plants and compare side by side. The rose plants only have a few dried leaves and few or no rose buds, currently – these qualities are not defects, just part of the natural cycle of roses! The fuchsia is not currently flowering – also not a defect in an otherwise healthy plant. With time and proper care, flowers will return.
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