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Just Another Day In The Neighborhood.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

When I moved into my new home, I adopted nine scraggily rose bushes that line the side of my home facing south that hadn't been cared for in years. On the other side of my property, same story though they are lined up as a border mark to my next-door neighbor. All the plants have been neglected. Now mind you, I am no master gardener what-so-ever, but I do read gardening for beginners and I do have an idea what I needed to do with all these rose bushes.

Last month I pruned the heck out of them. Then I got this miracle all purpose food called "Rose Glo" made in this "fine state of Texas," (I am half jokingly about this state,) but the master gardener told me that this was fantastic ingredients to use on the bushes and use every four weeks. The nursery I went to was far superior than the ones I went to in California. There they were so generic and here, they are not. SO I fed the poor rose bushes and voila! Today, they are full, healthy and have so many buds it would be impossible to count! My neighbor told me that these bushes produce pink roses. So against my light gray home, I think it will look great with that pop of color.

But I am not finished yet. This morning, I sprinkled alfalfa meal on the roses. Supposedly they love the stuff. I gave each plant a good drink of water and I am hoping the buds will bloom soon.

As a decorator, I have always said that the outside of your home should mirror what is inside the home. A home that looks disarray from the outside usually is the same on the inside. Spring is almost here, now is the time to pull the weeds. water the plants, cut back and shape the bushes and even plant some annuals. Same goes for the inside. Purging is sometimes hard for some but the outcome is incredible. If you can afford it, hire an organizer. Or one suggestion is to offer in trade, your services may it be tech to her creative organization skills. Creative business people are always looking for people that can do spreadsheets, etc. It doesn't hurt to ask.

I am all for networking. Asking around for different services that I needed has developed into meeting some wonderful people. You just don't get anywhere unless you become motivated to do new things and for change. And asking for help is the key to get where you want to go and or do.

Lastly, Now that the roof and the landscape are almost done, I am working on details. I am recovering my pine bench cushion that was in my daughter's nursery when she was a baby. It is now located outside my front door. I will take a photo when the cushion is done. I am also making a space outside the garden for "ME." It's a little special spot that will have a pretty stripe rug, a chair with a rectangle pillow that has some of the same stripe colors that you see in the rug, a small wooden table and vintage wrought iron magazine floor rack. I am calling it my meditation spot although my meditation days are not like they use to be back in the day. Oh well, I can always try, right?
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  • BJAEGER307
    You definitely need to take a picture of the rose bushes as I am sure all on here would love to see them in full bloom.

    Hooray for you that you have made yourself a "meditation spot" or your peaceful spot in your garden. It is never so calming as to have some place to just go and escape. You have gained so much more knowledge about gardening than you have imagined. Your garden is definitely going to give you love back.

    I agree with Ellen you are starting to bloom in your own time. Make sure to "water and fertilize" yourself on a daily basis. emoticon emoticon
    80 days ago
    Love the sound of your rose bushes -- responding eagerly to your care!! And rewarding you with many pink flowers!!

    And love the sound of your special spot in the garden.

    YOU are putting down roots and pruning away the stuff from the past that no longer works and giving yourself all the nutrients you need to bloom!!
    80 days ago
    That's great! I hope you can post a picture of your rose bushes when they are blooming!
    80 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    It always scares me, how hard my husband cuts back the roses in winter, but they always come back even better than before!
    81 days ago
    Maybe you should come here and do something for my one and only rose that I haven't killed yet. But I must say that Larry was the one that cut it off last fall so I guess I could blame him if it doesn't come back to life this spring. I never have been able to keep roses alive. But I still am hold on to hope.
    81 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    81 days ago
    Your meditation spot sounds just lovely! And you've been such an inspiration with purging, packing, and moving all the way to Texas that Tom and I have resumed our talks about moving. I don't know if it's feasible for us financially but we are not happy here, it's way too much house and yard for us to take care of now, and I only have one child willing to help, and he's pretty busy these days. Certainly incentive for purging which is desperately needed. Then we have to look into how to sell this house and where we might like to go. Not as far as you, I want to be close enough to Lauriellen and the boys to visit more often! Thanks for the inspiration!
    81 days ago
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