Wow, it's been a week since my last post. We've had some pretty nice weather while many of you have been roasting, so I thought I should get busy in my side yard and rose garden. After all, there are those new little rose bushes that need a new home.
From my adventures in excavation last summer, I had a big rock pile against the fence you see in the photo. What to do with those rocks? I started out by digging a path or stream in my rose garden to be filled with some of the smaller rocks in my pile. Then I started going through that pile and sizing the stones, cleaning the smaller ones in the wheelbarrow and dumping them into the streambed. And this is what it looks like now:
There are still some stones I need to size and a little more filling to do in the streambed, but the middle of the bed is ready for roses! Problem is, starting on Friday, we're going to have temperatures between 100-110 for the following five days. Those poor little shrubs would just wither away. So, perhaps a week from now, when it's back down to 95 degrees, I can plant my new roses. The saleslady at the nursery gave me a great tip for shading the new transplants by cutting out the bottom of a paper grocery bag and popping it over the plant during the day. It still gets light, but is protected from most of the harsh midday rays.
I actually have some stitching progress to share, but my camera batteries have to be recharged. So check back later for more!