Montag, 19. September 2016

Rose cuttings

Dear readers,
it has been quite a long time since my last blog entry and today I´d like to show you how my rose cuttings have developed since then. Although many cuttings rotted and thus died before developing any roots, I now have quite a number of cuttings that developed roots and grew into small plants. They are about three months old now and I am very proud of them.






Since I repotted them into bigger containers with rose soil, they have been growing vigorously.

                                      Has anyone else tried taking rose cuttings this year? 
                                                                      Best wishes,
                                                                            Lisa



Samstag, 9. Juli 2016

New flower bed

Dear readers,
I think I have already told you that my garden is quite small. I now have over thirty roses and there is just no space for more. Still, there are so many beautiful varieties of roses I´d love to plant. Since my mum has a much bigger garden, I have been successfully persuading her to let me plant some roses and other plants in her garden. Today I´d like to show you the new flower bed in my mum´s garden. We went to a garden centre outside Vienna that offers a great variety of roses and other plants. I was very much impressed by the many old roses they had and it was very difficult to choose some, I would have loved to take them all with me. I eventually chose two old roses, Kathleen Harrop, a bourbon that repeats flowering and the damask rose Ispahan.

Kathleen Harrrop







My self-made concrete ornament. You might remember the ceramic ornament I formed. I made a silicone mould of it for casting concrete and can now replicate it as often as I wish.










The rose on the left side is Ispahan




                                                                      Have a nice day!
                                                                                 Lisa

Donnerstag, 30. Juni 2016

Update on rose cuttings

Dear readers,
as you might remember from a previous post, about three weeks ago I took some cuttings from roses in the hope that they would root and establish into rose plants one day. When I was looking at my cuttings this week I was very happy to find roots on three of my cuttings. Unfortunately I lost many of my other cuttings due to rotting, maybe the substrate was too wet, but as long as some cuttings make it I am more than happy. There are still about 20 cuttings, which haven´t yet rooted, but which still look healthy and I am hoping that at least some of them will still develop roots.
Since I took the cuttings from rosebushes at the Hermesvilla, also see post Hermesvilla and its beautiful roses, I don´t know the names of the roses, but maybe I can identify them once they bloom for me. Here are some pictures of the cuttings that have rooted.











As I was very happy with my small success in rooting rose cuttings, I took some new cuttings last Friday, using a different, better drained substrate. We´ll see how it goes! Please let me know in the comments whether you have ever tried to root rose cuttings and what your experiences were.
     

                                                         Wishing you all a lovely day!
                                                                              Lisa
                               

                                                                          

Dienstag, 28. Juni 2016

Selfmade garden ornament

Dear readers,
back when I was 15 I bought my own pottery oven and since then I have been enjoying doing my own ceramics for the garden. It is a great hobby, though quite time consuming and thus I do  not always find time for pursuing my hobby and it gets a bit neglected from time to time.  This year, however, seems to be a very creative one for me. I have been taking a lot of time for crafting my own ceramics for the garden as well as doing other garden projects, such as hypertufa. Today  I´d like to show you one ceramic ornament I finished this week.







                                                                 Have a great week!
                                                                             Lisa



Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2016

Dear readers,
now that many roses have finished their first bloom, it is time for the hydrangeas to show their full beauty. Except one, which is planted in a flower bed, I cultivate all my hydrangeas in large pots and they have been doing great for years now. Apart from needing a lot of water on sunny days and some fertilizer in spring, they are very easy to maintain. They do much better in shady spots than in sunny ones, thus, they beautify shady spaces in the garden, in which plants such as roses might not grow. They are all "Endless Summer Hydrangeas" and as the name indicates, repeat flowering throughout summer as long as you cut back the old blooms.















                                                       They also look lovely in vases







                                                                     Have a nice day!
                                                                               Lisa

Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2016

Garden pictures

                                                               Dear readers,
                                           today some more pictures of my garden
                                                                     Enjoy!













David Austin Rose Wildeve


David Austin Rose Wildeve











Mme Boll


Mme Boll


I just can´t show you enough pictures of my portland rose Mme Boll, it´s definitely one of my favourites!


Hydrangea Endless Summer


Hydrangea Endless Summer

This is a great hydrangea that repeatedly blooms throughout summer.







                                                              Have a lovely weekend!
                                                                             Lisa