I meant to take a photo of the front garden last week when the pink and white poppies were in bloom, but things have just been too busy around here. The pink poppies are all done, and the white ones (barely visible at the top in the next photo) have just a few petals left. Too bad, because they were a lovely backdrop for the roses and salvia.
The pink rose bush is one of those little mini rose plants you see in the grocery stores, especially around Mother’s Day. It’s done tremendously well since I planted it a couple of years ago. I’m glad I ignored the Pontiff’s directive not to plant any roses, since they give me lots of bloom throughout the summer. They’re not in an area where he has to worry about the thorns, though, so he hasn’t really minded.
The white rose bush in the photo above is a white “Flower Carpet” rose. It’s a low-growing, mounding shrub that flowers profusely, and is fairly drought tolerant. It was one of the first things I planted after I ripped out the lawn to make a low-water garden. Like the mini-rose, it’s very low maintenance. In the spring, I just prune out any winter-killed branches and call it done.
And just look at the lovely flowers – they’re small, only 2 to 3 inches across, but quite pretty: