Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Heidi is Blogging From Singapore!

Heidi Hayes Johnson, one of my sisters and a namesake to the Dortmund Sisters roses here at Cedar Bluff lakehouse, is in Singapore this summer.

Follow her adventures here:


Joni's Pink Roses

joni clark gave us some roses last spring that had been planted at her home in Bad Axe. "They need a new home," she told us as she delivered a large plastic storage bucket filled with cedar chips and bareroot roses.

There were lots of plants that she had dug to make way for a new fence. She sunk them in the cedar chips (the kind that you use for gerbil cages), watered them and kept them alive over the winter. We planted three "clumps" of roses from joni last spring. Then, this spring, I found another rose that had rooted over the winter in our mulch pile. It was from joni's bucket and so now there are four clumps along the wooded north lawn of Cedar Bluff lakehouse.

Each clump is made up of one, two or three rose starts along with shoots of hostas. Here is a closeup of one blossom from a week ago. It's wonderful to think about how these rose bushes will accent the lawns here at Cedar Bluff for years to come. Thank you, joni!

By the way, joni is the "other grandma" to our grandsons, Max and Finney. When the boys visit Grandma WJ at the lakehouse we can go out to check Nana's roses. Cool.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Dortmund Roses in June

All six of the Dortmund sisters are blooming this week and they are a treasure. This is their third season in the ground at Cedar Bluff lakehouse. That's Carla on the left in this photo. Martha is on the far right. You will remember from a previous post that the six roses are named for the six sisters in my family -- Carla, Wanda, Penny, Mary, Heidi and Martha.

The Dortmunds were just getting their "legs" or roots last summer. They were planted around the Fourth of July in 2008 after being purchased from Great Lakes Roses here in Michigan. In reading about roses I learned that the Dortmund rose will blossom all summer and that one plant can cover an entire fence. Just imagine what the sisters will look like five years from now when they've filled the split rail. Their color and texture, backed by the cedars along the driveway, will be a splash of red and green delight!