April 22, 2013. This is the third spring for my Adobe Peace Garden. Last year there were two very hard freezes after the plants put out leaves and buds. They stayed alive but refused to bloom for the rest of the season. This year we had fantastic high desert Arizona winter rains, and the roses appreciated the boost. These are their first blooms of the year to be followed by full blooming after our monsoon rains come in mid-July. THEN they will have leaves and more flowers than a person could count in one season. Most of these roses were a Mother’s Day gift from my oldest daughter, to be enjoyed every year as they continue to grow and flourish.
Our soil down here is very poor and extremely alkaline. Roses like sweet low Ph soil, so it takes some time to give them what they want. Our water rates in this small town are the highest in Arizona. I so gratefully thank my younger daughter and her husband for providing the water the extensive system of drip irrigation feeds to these plants.
All of the pathways were dug up and mixed into adobe and poured to create weed-free (and snake visible) areas that require no care but for the occasional sweeping. This is the garden in bloom today!
This climbing rose-bush is undoubtedly one of the farthest south U.S. displays. Behind this fence lies the double Mexican-American border fences.
This is another picture of the far south rose. It sits beside my adobe chicken coop. When I finish getting the gutter on the coop roof enough water should fall on the roots of this rose throughout the summer to sustain its roots long, long into the future.
This is one of my all-time garden favorites — a blue Salvia sage. It’s glorious blue reminds me of Alaska’s Forget-me-not state flower. It is a hardy low-water plant that will bloom continuously with a little dead-heading until late, late fall. It will propagate from a cutting only 1/2″ long.
There are two separate bushes in here, and so far I worry about them! I can’t tell what it is that bothers them, so far they have not taken off like I wish they had. I have not given up on them yet!
The climber on the left has the better quality flowers with lovely scent. It is years younger than the one on the right of the picture whose flowers last week — as it is the first to bloom in the spring — hid the green of its leaves.
This is the younger of the two yellows out front. Hopefully I can find the perfect balance to help it reach its fullest potential in that spot. It is one of the most exquisite in the garden. I do not grow tea roses or rose trees — my desire is to train and trim the climbers right so that eventually they will create over-arching displays that people can walk under so it will be like breathing inside the roses as if a part of their life.
This another of the best so far in that it seems hardy and blooms thick and often. It is considered a small climber growing only 10′ long canes. I have not decided how I will treat it once it stretches itself out. It sits outside the fence at the front gate. The following is another picture of its blooms.
I wish there was a way I could find out where all the southernmost rose gardens are in America. Often this borderline is protected within an atmosphere of animosity and fear. This garden as it sits right on this international boundary is meant to heal and to lend blossoms toward the growing appreciation of the beauty of this world in flowers as well as in people.
This is a tough little flower island on minimal drip.
This is a long shot of the southwest side of the garden outside my back door. The American double border fences dividing us from Mexico is visible at the south behind the garden.
I set myself up with a challenge when I planted this Mermaid climbing rose in the middle of my adobe walkways. I discipline it! Here it shows early blooms, and as summer progresses it greenery will flourish along with its continual blooms. It is considered a large rose, could cover a shed or an entire fence line if left to its own preferences. It is an “own root” rose meaning it is not hybridized upon a graft root. It can be propagated. After sunset the back garden soothes with the sweetest scent from this humble, sturdy and beautiful rose.
All of the roses became infested with aphids as soon as temperatures warmed. Far too large a garden to spray with soap water, all that was needed was an aggressive spraying with pressure from the hose to knock the aphids to the ground. They cannot climb back up!
This is a Nearly Wild, lovely tri-color blooms – just budding – very hardy.
This is another flower island on minimal drip with two native sages and petunias that both reseed and grow as perennials here.
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