>Sunday Suprise


Our back door neighbor (her house sort of backs up to ours) Barbara is the best. She is the type of neighbor you love to have. Always happy, always brings you goodies and loves all my roses.
She jokingly announced to my wife yesterday that she had tried repeatedly to kill all the irises, lilies and amaryllis in the bed at the side of her house and they just would not die…Barb is trying to simplify her life). She said she was gonna spray roundup and get out her shovel and let the dirt fly…..
Unless of course, we would like to come and dig them up….

Never one to refuse the gift of a cutting or a sprout or two from a friends garden, I was at her house today with my shovel and carefully removed this offering…… I normally would not dig these plantings at this stage of the growing season, but I hated to see them succumb to the dreaded “roundup” treatment.

I boxed them up, brought them home and have now replanted most of them in my garden. Some of the iris and lilies had some signs of mold and some were mushy, so I cut away the mushy parts until I could only see white inside the tuber.. Then, I gave them them the following cleaning treatment:
1 part bleach to 4 parts water in a shallow pan. A quick dip in the solution and then out on the patio table to dry, then replanted……..

Thank you Barbara.

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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3 Responses to >Sunday Suprise

  1. >Now that is a good and a smart neighbor LOL! Who could resist. I'd have run for the shovel too. Cannot wait to see what goodies you will have blooming later on.


  2. >This is the best sort of surprise! Where did you plant them? Among the roses or did you create a new bed? Look forward to seeing their progress.


  3. Jim Groble says:

    >Great find! jim


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