I’m just in from planting some roses purchased from our local SPAR market, the only grocery shop on the island. For a mere €2.99, these 4″ potted roses bring a lovely splash of colour to my north facing kitchen window. Never was it my intention to have a rose garden, but over the last few years, whenever the blooms fade and the foliage yellows (undoubtedly from nutrient deficiency in the potting soil), I have planted them outside hardly giving them another thought. Last year I began to notice considerable growth–yes, it had been happening gradually but I hadn’t noticed, kind of like how you don’t see your children growing until they put on a pair of pajama pants not worn in several months and they are, seemingly all of a sudden, inches shorter then when last worn. The roses had been growing behind other plants which they are now towering over.
I should mention we have fed these plants with either or both seaweed and horse manure which they love. I have ‘pruned’ somewhat–really need to research how to properly do this though. Other perennials that I’ve purchased from the SPAR that are thriving in our garden are lilies, hydrangea, lavender, aquilegia, osteospermum, and dahlia. Some of you might be thinking the credit is all mine, but growing flowers is new to me. The plants have always been pest and disease free, which having a background as a florist, I know is often not the case with plants purchased from non-nursery settings.
That’s my two cents worth on one of the small joys I felt while working in the garden today. If you have more patience than money to invest in your garden, it’s worth giving SPAR flowers a try.
p.s. their selection of annual plants are pretty wonderful and good value as well.