Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Roses, Roses and More

What smells so good in the garden? Roses!

Clockwise from upper left: Red and Pink Knockout, a red rose rootstock where the grafted rose failed. It anchors the corner of the grape arbor and gives that area color. Sombreuil, bud of Cecile Brunner, Julia Child, Belinda's Dream, Gene Boerner.
Front and back of Knockout bed.

Trellis at end of Knockout Bed holds
Reine des Violettes with its spicy pepper fragrance
that makes up for what Knockouts lack in scent.

Julia Child against a background of euonymous.

The Sweetheart Rose, Cecile Brunner on the Stick House.

Another look at Sombreuil.

The Urbanite and brick patio is now the summer home of more than two dozen Rhipsalodopsis and Schlumbergera plants -- only five different Christmas Cactusus and one Easter Cactus are represented but I keep taking cuttings.

It didn't leave much room for sitting but I can put chairs in front of the little wall. Dappled sun is perfect for the jungle cacti. They summered here last year in a rather pitiful surrounding.
I just needed to say that because I blogged about it on the greenhouse blog instead of following up my last post here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Urbanite Patio in Progress

AZ Plant Lady wrote that using broken concrete for patios and benches is the latest sustainable gardening trend. I used broken concrete from the old barn for some projects some years back and part of a broken concrete gas tank pad for an entry porch for the greenhouse. Urbanite is one of my favorite materials.

Biggest Urbanite pieces in place before making room for 'seams' of brick.

After I found a cache of ancient bricks when we pulled some pecan stumps
I gathered Urbanite we used for extra-large stepping paths in the upper garden, more bricks, various stones, and sand from a wash along the edge of a field.

This is a preview of the patio. I keep tearing out parts and doing over. It turned out higher than I expected so there are steps up at either end, both of which were a do over to make a safe tread.

Revised step on west end.

Incorporated this rock into my wall -- is this a geode? A broken piece on the left..

There was tearing out when I remembered about the broken pots that I meant to integrate into the wall.

The back side is not finished. I must load sand by hand where it settled at the end of the field because the sand is only about 2 inches deep so using a front end loader is nearly impossible to get good clean white sand. Tedious work with heavy buckets.

Some of my bricks not yet used. There are a few pieces of 
Urbanite and more stones. I am weary after three days of this.

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