Top Five Reasons to Love Julia Child Rose

For some reason I’ve had this photo waiting to be published since July.  Here are the top five reasons why I love this rose: 1.The smooth and creamy buttery yellow color, that changes with time and seasons. Sometimes rich and full, other times translucent and light. Yellow is not my favorite color, it’s closer to the bottom of the list, but this yellow just makes … Continue reading Top Five Reasons to Love Julia Child Rose

Adirondack Crabapple in Winter

When I saw this tree last month I did a double-take.  Was it in bloom?  From the corner of my eye I noticed it awash in glowing color.  On my second look I realized it was covered in fruit.  Persistent fruit that makes this tree quite remarkable during the winter months.  ‘Adirondack’ has an interesting history.  It was introduced from the U.S. National Arboretum in … Continue reading Adirondack Crabapple in Winter

Awful Aphids, Creepy Caterpillars and Evil Black Spot

My roses are suffering from this triple threat.  With a cool, wet spring and having been mostly ignored, the danger deepens.  The aphids seem to multiply exponentially, small, unassuming and  insidious.  The caterpillars hungrily munch, munch, munch, without the good manners to finish one leaf before moving on to the next.  Black spot is here to stay, and it’s not going away.  So what is … Continue reading Awful Aphids, Creepy Caterpillars and Evil Black Spot