Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Roses in February...A Gardening Update

I'm going to call this the Heritage Red
Rose, for lack of information on the bush.
It was here when I purchased my 87 year old Bungalow.
The gardener who planted it, must have known the best spot for survival all these years.
It is on the south side of my Studio, protecting it from the harsh winter winds.
2017 will be the beginning of my second full year here at The Bungalow.
The only plants in the back garden were the rose bush, a very old and large pecan tree, and a few scattered crepe myrtles.
Needless to say, it has been slow going with renovation projects going on in the house,
 and at the same time, trying to garden. 
Just a reminder to some....
I still have an office in the city, where I travel to for several days a week.
What's even better than red roses,
are the red of my strawberries.
Yes, strawberries in February.
I guess tucking the plants in the greenhouse
has really paid off !
From the very start, I realized there was a water run-off issue....
hence the walkways and retaining walls....
two of them to be exact.
I've laid all the brick and stones myself,
including the retaining walls.
I'm not an expert in laying stone, but I do understand how to reroute water.
The walkway to The Studio.
Laugh if you like....
I'm trying to construct raised vegetable boxes,
 without the aid of a carpenter.
The local lumber company makes the first cut for free.
One cedar box is made from (2) 1x8x8's, with two free cuts.
This one I completed a couple of weeks ago.
Already doing well are my multiplying onions.
 Have you ever planted any?
When needed, you pull the entire bunch....
save one onion,
and it goes on to make another bunch.
Happy Gardening !
Meggie Mac


  1. What a beautiful rose, I should have take a cutting of the one that used to be in my garden it was huge but we have lots more now ones now anyway. Your bungalow is about as old as mine

    1. Hi Bill....Bungalows can be challenging, especially when you want to keep as much integrity as possible. Fortunately, mine had most of the original woodwork and cabinetry.

  2. Way to go! I admire your creative and energy. I still do a lot of things, but at 87 you tend to slow down.

    1. I'm sure I will be slower at 87 too ! Thanks for your comment.

  3. I can't imagine all this growth already, being up north where we are. :-)

    Good for you! Doing such jobs, by yourself. Congratulations on your spunk!!!!!

  4. You have a lot of gumption my friend! I love seeing the roses bloom; mine have leaves sprouting, but no buds yet. However, the daffodils are up and I'm sad they will be gone by Easter. Your raised beds look great and I too have to address a run-off problem this Spring. XOXO

  5. Dear friend, Susan....any day in the garden is a good day. I'm sure you feel that way about continue to amaze me with your wonderful original recipes !! (My Mother's Apron Strings)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle....the photo doesn't do the rose justice...

  7. Your rose is so pretty, and I love the strawberries! One of my favorite things to eat. We planted some strawberries in our raised bed garden but they didn't do well. Not sure what happened. Most likely the deer got to them, they are real pests around here. I admire all the work you do!

    1. Hi Cheryl...Slugs love strawberries and raised beds. The wood gives them a place to hide during the day.


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